published Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

UGA’s Cordy Glenn adapting

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    Georgia’s Cordy Glenn (71) will protect quarterback Aaron Murray as a right tackle this year after starting all 13 games last season at left guard.
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The position coach isn’t as big of an adjustment as the position for Georgia senior offensive lineman Cordy Glenn.

After starting all 13 games last season at left guard, the 6-foot-5, 320-pounder from Riverdale, Ga., is now the right tackle. Glenn started at left tackle four times during the 2009 season, so he has some experience with the challenge that lies ahead.

“I’m just getting used to working a different way on a different side of the line,” Glenn said Tuesday night after the Bulldogs resumed practices following spring break. “You can get help at guard when you’re going against a pass rush, but at tackle you’re on an island by yourself.”

Glenn is working at a new spot with a new coach, as Will Friend now heads up the offensive front after the departure of Stacy Searels to Texas.

“There is not much difference in O-line coaches,” Glenn said. “Everyone knows what O-line coaches are like. Coach Friend is a good coach, and I’m looking forward to playing for him.”

DURHAM DELIVERS

Former Calhoun High and Georgia receiver Kris Durham turned in 40-yard dash times of 4.46 and 4.49 seconds during Tuesday’s pro day in Athens. Durham was among 14 former Bulldogs who were tested before NFL coaches and scouts.

“I thought our guys who were out there had a great day,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said. “I think many of them have a great chance of making a career in the NFL.”

The Bulldogs lined up Tuesday with Glenn at right tackle, Justin Anderson at right guard, Ben Jones at center, Kenarious Gates at left guard and Trinton Sturdivant at left tackle. That quintet has combined for more than 100 career starts, though Anderson may face a challenge from redshirt freshman Brent Benedict.

Glenn was rated last fall by ESPN analyst Mel Kiper as the top guard prospect in the 2011 NFL draft should he elect to come out, but he chose not to.

“Best thing I ever did,” Glenn said.

Tuesday marked the second of 15 spring workouts for the Bulldogs, who will conclude with the annual G-Day game on April 16. Georgia practiced for two and a half hours, and coach Mark Richt said the time off was noticeable.

“I thought that we were a little sluggish,” Richt said. “I don’t think everybody did a good job of staying in shape over spring break.”

Richt went to Jamaica for a couple of days last week. When asked if he was recognized, he said, “The SEC is everywhere.”

The Bulldogs return to practice Thursday and will be allowed to tackle for the first time Saturday.

about David Paschall...

David Paschall is a sports writer for the Times Free Press. He started at the Chattanooga Free Press in 1990 and was part of the Times Free Press when the paper started in 1999. David covers University of Georgia football, as well as SEC football recruiting, SEC basketball, Chattanooga Lookouts baseball and other sports stories. He is a Chattanooga native and graduate of the Baylor School and Auburn University. David has received numerous honors for ...

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