Cordy Glenn wasn't sure what his opportunity was going to be when he arrived in Athens last June, but it sure didn't take him long to make a first impression.
Now, as the Bulldogs continue their countdown toward spring practice, the big man from Riverdale appears that he couldn't be more ensconced as a key member of the Bulldogs offensive line than he is right now.
Although Glenn will still have to once again prove himself to position coach Stacy Searels, when the Bulldogs do get down to the serious business of preparing for the 2009 campaign, the 6-foot-5, 331-pounder will be the odds-on-favorite to once again hold down the starting left guard spot.
"We've all still got to work," Glenn said during a recent interview with UGASports. "Nobody is guaranteed anything, but I think that's a good thing."
Stretched out as much as his big body would allow him to do inside the team meeting room at the Butts-Mehre Building, Glenn said he came to school with no real expectations. Then again, he didn't place any limits on himself, either.
"I didn't expect to come in right away and start," Glenn said. "All I wanted to do was work hard and prove that I can play, and get my coaches and teammates to trust that I could do the job."
Glenn did that and more.
When Georgia opened the season against Georgia Southern, Glenn was the surprise starter at right guard where he played at the first three games before sliding over to the left side against Vanderbilt.
All total, Glenn started 10 of Georgia's 13 games.
It didn't take long for the freshman to catch Mark Richt's eye.
In fact, Richt first gave a hint back on Aug. 9, barely a week into preseason drills that Glenn could possibly be in contention for the starting spot at right guard.
"We had him at right tackle but he actually did better at guard," Richt said. "He's the kind of a big-bodied guy that just seems to bend just right, and when people run into him they just don't seem to go very far."
Glenn chuckled at the recollection.
"I always felt that I belonged out there," he said. "But you've got to have the mindset. You've got to have the mindset that you can do it because if you don't you're going to get beat."
That's the approach that Glenn said Trinton Sturdivant impressed on him early on.
"Trinton really worked with me a lot on technique, learning the steps and things like that," Glenn said. "He's the one who really helped me with getting the little things right."
Of course, Glenn smiled that Searels helped a little bit, too.
"He's a great coach and is definitely somebody that demands results and effort," Glenn said. "If you're going to play for Coach Searels you've got to show great effort all the time. But I like that. I want to be pushed every day. That's the only way you're going to get better."
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