Thursday, June 19, 2008

Countdown to UGA-GSU: 72 Days

#72 Vince Vance, OG/OT
6-8, 330, Hinesville GA (Bradwell Institute / Georgia Military College), Jr.
Vance didn't play offensive line primarily until he spent 2006 at GMC. He quickly caught the eyes of some big time schools both with his size and his development at the new position, and ultimately chose UGA over offers from Kentucky, South Carolina, Texas Tech, East Carolina, Troy and Baylor. He spent his first season at UGA primarily as a backup tackle, spelling both Sturdivant and Big Cheese at times, but he also spent some spot time at guard (most notably the Alabama game, when Scott Haverkamp was out and Boling was hobbled.) He had his growing pains during his first year of SEC action, and most fans will remember a few key penalties (mostly false starts) called on #72. Those can likely be written off to inexperience. This year Vince will be moving inside to guard, at least as far as the depth chart will show. Vance may be UGA's most versatile offensive lineman, and could jump in at a moment's notice at any spot along the line except perhaps center. He is certainly a starter-quality player, but his biggest asset to this team is versatility. He's a very important piece.
Depth Chart Analysis: As of now, Vance is most likely the #1 backup at both guard spots. However, given the possible depth issues at tackle (I hate to beat a dead horse, but you can probably tell that this is a concern for me), I wouldn't be surprised to see Vance show up at both guard and tackle during a game or two this season (especially when Boling is possibly sitting out the first couple of games.)


Anonymous said...

Vince spent most of his time at guard last season. He was basically the starter the 2nd half of the season. Once Haverkamp started having personality problems, Vance stepped in and played most of the snaps.

I love this countdown. Keep it up!

JJ said...

You may be right, I do most of this off memory and I definitely remember him playing both tackle spots in the Florida game. But he was definitely all over the place and probably will be again this year.