Thursday, June 25, 2009

Countdown to UGA-OSU: 72 Days (#72 Vince Vance)

#72 Vince Vance, RT
6-8, 325, Hinesville GA (Bradwell Institute - GMC), Sr.

After coming to UGA as one of the better JUCO prospects available, Vance made an immediate impact, playing in all 11 games at both guard and tackle for the 2007 Dawgs. Last year he entered the season as the starter at left guard, starting the first 3 games of the 2008 season there, before moving over to left tackle for the next 3. Unfortunately he suffered a season-ending right knee injury against Tennessee, and was unavailable for the remainder of the 2008 season. He didn't work out this past spring, but he's expected to be ready to roll for summer practice. Vance's versatility and size are two valuable assets that will not only serve the Dawgs well this coming year, but might very well translate to a pro career for him should he manage to stay healthy in 2009.

Depth Chart Analysis: There is some question as to where big Vance will work out to begin the season (assuming he's 100%.) Either guard spot or right tackle are possibilities. Much will depend on how ready Trinton Sturdivant is to begin the season. If Sturdivant is ready, he's your starting left tackle. That could move Clint Boling to right tackle and allow the coaches to decide which guard spot Cordy Glenn would be most effective at. Under that scenario, Vance probably gets into the discussion at the guard spot opposite Glenn. Or, Boling could pick up at the guard spot opposite Glenn, and Vance could move to right tackle. The possibilities are almost endless given the versatility of this group. Its a good problem to have.

Other famous #72s in UGA history: DT Paul Handmacher

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