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ATHENS, Ga. - When offensive lineman Cordy Glenn committed to Georgia last November, he liked the recruiting pitch he heard from the Bulldogs' coaching staff.

"They say I have a good opportunity to start next year if I work hard for it," Glenn said at the time.

Next year is now this year, and the freshman is in line to start the Aug. 30 season opener against Georgia Southern.

Bulldogs coach Mark Richt said that if the season started today, the starting offensive line would be Kiante Tripp at left tackle, Vince Vance at left guard, Chris Davis at center, Glenn at right guard and Josh Davis at right tackle.

Davis started 13 games at left guard last season. The rest are first-year starters for the top-ranked Bulldogs.

"Four brand-new starters and one of them starting at a new position," Richt said.

The 6-foot-5, 313-pound Glenn said he expected he would have a chance to compete at right tackle.

"He did well at right tackle, and then when we put him in there at guard, he did better," Richt said. "He's a big-bodied guy that just seems to bend just right, and when people run into him, they don't tend to get very far."

Clint Boling, who is suspended for the opener, is more than likely to play right tackle when he returns, but Boling still could play right guard, Richt said. It's also possible Tripp could return to right tackle and Boling play left tackle.

Center Ben Jones and guards Justin Anderson and Tanner Strickland are the top reserves on the offensive line. Anderson is getting some work at right tackle.

Chapas sets lifting record

Linebacker Dannell Ellerbe and fullback Shaun Chapas, a Bolles graduate, set the Georgia power-clean record in testing this offseason with a lift of 400 pounds, said associate strength and conditioning coach Keith Gray. That topped the previous record of 387 pounds by fullback Brannan Southerland.

Ellerbe actually is considered to hold bragging rights for the record ahead of Chapas because he weighed slightly less. Ellerbe was at 236.9 pounds and Chapas weighed 238.8.

Jeff Owens had the top bench press for the third consecutive year. He lifted 520 pounds. Justin Anderson was next at 500 pounds. Thirty-six players benched more than 400 pounds, which ties the 2005 team.

Bryan Evans, a White High School graduate, had the highest power index with a 6.5. That measures the strongest pound-for-pound player.

Tanner Strickland was tops in the back squat at 700 pounds. Kiante Tripp was next at 645.

Injuries take toll at end

Defensive ends coach Jon Fabris hasn't experienced this many injuries in a preseason at a position he's coached since he began his career in 1980.

Most players have returned, aside from Demarcus Dobbs (ankle), who ran on the side Tuesday.

"It is what it is," Fabris said. "It's a Catch-22. When you get a lot of players hurt early in the preseason, then the poor devils who are left have to take too many plays, and they start getting hurt, so it's a vicious cycle."

Fabris said he counted 15 players on the injury report from Georgia's punt return and block team.

In other injury news, Strickland was expected back today from a sprained foot, Richt said, and linebacker Akeem Dent has been slowed by a hip pointer.

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