ATHENS, Ga. – Georgia’s starting offensive line could be set for its season-opening game against Appalachian State. Kirby Smart hinted as much earlier this week.
“We feel good about the first five we’ve got,” Smart said.
Since last week, Georgia has been working with senior Isaiah Wynn at left tackle, sophomore Pat Allen at left guard, junior Lamont Gaillard at center, redshirt freshman Solomon Kindley at right guard and true freshman Andrew Thomas at right tackle.
Smart says the right tackle battle between Thomas and redshirt freshman Ben Cleveland is “neck and neck.” He’s been impressed with Thomas’ maturity, but joked that the media should not be ready to vote him the Outland Trophy – given to the nation’s best interior lineman – just yet.
Smart says coaches are trying to figure out the backup left tackle, the fourth guard and the backup center. True freshman Isaiah Wilson has been working as the second-team left tackle this week.
Senior Dyshon Sims, who started twice at guard late last season, has worked at center this week and looks to be battling junior Sam Fogarty for the backup center role.
Smart isn’t the only person who thinks the starters could be in place. Allen believes the starting five is set.
“I strongly do,” Allen said. “But at the same time, I just leave it up to coach. Whatever calls they make, I just go with it. I just want the team to be great this year, that’s all.”
If this group does indeed start the season, they’ll have the support of senior running back Nick Chubb.
“They look great,” Chubb said. “Everyone that’s been up there looks great. They’re definitely working hard and getting some push up front.”
Three starters are gone from last season: left tackle Tyler Catalina, right tackle Greg Pyke and center Brandon Kublanow. We will see if the Bulldogs are improved along the line when they open against Appalachian State on September 2.
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