Richt moves OL Anderson to defense

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

ATHENS -- Under sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-60s, the University of Georgia football team held a two-hour workout in full pads Tuesday.

During that practice, Richt announced a position change for junior offensive lineman Justin Anderson. The 6-foot-5, 330-pound native of Ocilla, will move to the defensive line with nose guard a starting point when he is healthy. Richt said the move was something that was under consideration once defensive coordinator Todd Grantham was hired and the switch to a 3-4 defense.

"Justin is injured right now for the spring so we won't see what he can do out at practice but he can start learning the terminology," Richt said.

Rich then added: "If we lose some tackles, he'll be back, but right now we're going to put him on defense. We think he can do well there because he's quick and strong, he's an explosive athlete."

Richt said when he spoke with Anderson about the position change, and the junior said he would do whatever he could to help the team. Anderson appeared in all 13 games last sason, making five starts. He appeared in 12 games as a freshman, including seven starts in 2008.

"In this type of scheme, Justin has the type of body that can help us so we'll see how it goes," Richt added.

Georgia has an array of offensive tackles in senior Clint Boling, junior Cordy Glenn, senior Josh Davis and junior Trinton Sturdivant plus a host of younger players. Another area where Georgia has some depth is at tight end. Richt mentioned that sophomore Arthur Lynch was having a good spring including making a few nice catches Tuesday.

"We've got some guys that can run and catch, they are legitimate receivers at tight end in Orson (Charles), Aron (White), Arthur and Bruce (Figgins)," said Richt.

As for the practice as a whole, Richt said it was another productive day featuring great tempo but that the Bulldogs still had a long way to go this spring.

"It's a big learning process on both sides of the ball, we're still installing on offense and defense," Richt said. "I feel comfortable where we're at, I see the the players anxious to make plays, they are working hard."

The Bulldogs will practice again today through Saturday. Georgia wraps up its spring practices with the annual G-Day game April 10. Admission to the game is free, and it will be televised live by CSS. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m.