ATHENS, Ga. -- One of Georgia’s most important defensive players was in a walking boot Monday. But the prognosis on defensive end Demarcus Dobbs, who sprained his ankle, was still positive.
“I would think before the week’s out he’ll be back,” Georgia head coach Mark Richt said. “I don’t think it was too severe.”
Dobbs has appeared in every game the previous three years. He started every game last year, notching 4.5 sacks, 39 tackles and 14 quarterback pressures.
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Monday was the surest sign yet that Akeem Dent, the starting inside linebacker, would be ready for the opener. Dent, who underwent toe surgery in July, got his first work in with the other linebackers since camp opened.
So did fellow inside linebacker Richard Samuel (shoulder), but Dent will have an easier time catching up.
“Dent has a lot more experience playing linebacker. Just reps, his whole life, playing linebacker and throughout his career at Georgia. So it would affect him less than it would affect Richard,” Richt said. “Richard would need all the reps he can get. He’ll get as many as we can give him once he’s healthy, but it’s hard to recover the ones he missed.”
Richt said the team was mulling a switch or two to add depth to the inside linebacker position but didn’t want to say anything more yet.
Jones back, Glenn close
Two offensive line starters who had been out were back on the field, albeit not in full-go mode.
Guard Cordy Glenn (mononucleosis) was on the exercise bike, the first time he had been on the practice field since getting sick several weeks ago.
Center Ben Jones returned to practice eight days after undergoing minor knee surgery. His backup, Chris Burnette (concussion), was not at practice. Backup guard Tanner Strickland (shoulder) was also in a green non-contact jersey.
“A lot of guys that have been hurt are beginning to trickle back to the field, which is good,” Richt said. “I hate that they missed the time, but I also know that other guys got an opportunity to get work and get reps. So I think that helped them. Probably helped to create a bit more depth on our team. But I don’t know that we really gotten the continuity we hoped to have by now, especially offensively, but hopefully there’s time to do that.”
Ready to play
Georgia will hold its third scrimmage on Wednesday. It will be allowed to have one more after that.
But Richt sounded antsy to play more than just a scrimmage.
“It’s about time to play a game, really,” he said. “I’m real glad we’re breaking into scout teams here and beginning to focus on playing an opponent.”