May 23, 2006

Turner's big chance looming at tackle

Michael Turner's role on Georgia's offensive line all of a sudden has become much bigger.

With offensive tackle Daniel Inman suspended for the first two games of the season after breaking an unspecified team rule, the Bulldogs are left with two offensive tackles with game experience, the six-foot four-inch, 300 pound Turner and Ken Shackleford (6-5, 315). When Georgia opens its season Sept. 2 against Western Kentucky and heads to face South Carolina the following week, the two seniors will be the only Georgia offensive tackles with game experience able to play.

"Going into camp and being at the very edge of not having enough players is a little bit scary for us," said Georgia head coach Mark Richt during Tuesday night's Dawg Days tour stop at the Valdosta Bulldog Club that was attended by more than 450 people.

Turner, who actually came to Georgia as a tight end, has played tackle, guard and center in his career. He's also been clocked in the 40-yard dash at 4.65 seconds, according to Richt.

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