Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Countdown to UGA-GSU: 60 Days

#60 Clint Boling, OG
6-5, 290, Alpharetta GA (Chattahoochee HS), Soph.
As what most recruiting services called a "2nd tier" type prospect coming out of high school, Boling had scholarship offers from Kentucky, South Carolina, Vanderbilt, Duke, and Wake Forest to go with his offer from UGA. Committing to UGA rather early in July 2006, put on about 25 lbs, and reported to Athens the following summer. The coaching staff learned quickly after summer two-a-days began that Boling was going to be a special player. After seeing time as a reserve in the first two games of the season, Boling started his first game against Western Carolina at right tackle (but played most of the game at right guard), and then really made a name for himself leading up to the Alabama game. After suffering an ankle sprain and hardly practicing at all that week, Boling declared himself ready to go just before the game in Tuscaloosa, started at right guard and played pretty much the entire game. He then started every game the rest of the season at right guard. He ended up on everybody's Freshman All-America list. Some legal/alcohol trouble has him sitting out the Georgia Southern and Central Michigan games to open the season, but he'll be back in Columbia.
Depth Chart Analysis: Boling will start the year under suspension, but he is the firm starter at left guard for 2008. (Vince Vance will probably get the nod there for those first two games.) Boling is another solid anchor for the Dawgs on the offensive line, and this year will need to be one of the leaders. Boling, Sturdivant and Chris Davis (all sophomores) have the most experience on the entire line. The arrest wasn't a good start for a kid you expect to be one of your leaders, but these things happen. Bottom line is that this guy is good, and won't do anything but continue to improve.

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