Georgia’s offensive line looking to refocus on Kentucky

sports@macon.comOctober 9, 2012 

ATHENS -- Following a one-touchdown performance Saturday against South Carolina, one part of Georgia's offense that received its fair share of scrutiny was the offensive line.

Although Georgia’s linemen know last week was far from their best performance, their consensus is that the team is moving on and focusing on its next opponent, Kentucky.

“I’m definitely eager to move on,” center David Andrews said. “That’s what kind of stinks about having a bye week after a loss, because you dwell on it more. If we were playing Kentucky this week, we would have watched film Sunday and Monday, but then it’s time to move on.”

While eager to move on, Andrews sees positives from the mostly negative affair in Columbia. He sees the touchdown as validation of something he has claimed to know all along about this team: it never quits.

“It shows we didn’t give up the whole time,” he said. “We kept fighting. We could have just laid down and gone three-and-out and just gotten off the field and that would have been the end of the game, but we kept driving.”

By all of the offensive linemen’s accounts, the team had a good first practice back as it began to work on fixing its mistakes from Saturday’s loss.

“That’s the thing about this team, we bounce back,” freshman right tackle John Theus said. “That game is behind us. (Tuesday) was a good day. We went out there and worked hard. We know everything we’ve got to do, and (Tuesday) was a good start to continuing that.”

Despite the loss, the team has not lost its confidence, according to junior left tackle Kenarious Gates. Most of the team’s preseason goals are still attainable, and that is another thing they are focusing on moving into the bye week.

“We still have high confidence,” he said. “We still have all our goals moving forward. We’re moving forward with our goals from the offseason. The opportunity for us to go to the SEC championship is still there. We’re not putting that behind us. That’s one of our goals, to try to go back to Atlanta. We’re back in the same position that we were in last year.”

Injury report

Tuesday’s injury report included six players. Wide receiver Michael Bennett, who tore his anterior collateral ligament last week in practice, had successful surgery earlier Tuesday at St. Mary’s Hospital in Athens. He is scheduled for discharge Wednesday.

“Surgery went great!” Bennett wrote on Twitter following surgery. “I feel like a million bucks on these pain meds.”

Cornerback Luis Capella was limited in practice with a right shoulder strain and did not take contact.

Two freshman tight ends did not participate in practice. Jared Chapple was out with lower right leg contusion, and Cole Trolinger was out due to a concussion.

Junior tailback Brandon Harton was out, as he is still recovering from surgery on his left thumb.

Outside linebacker Jarvis Jones did not participate in Tuesday’s practice due to a right ankle sprain.

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