At left tackle, Andrew Thomas is one of the anchors of Georgia’s offensive line this season, and the combination of talent, size and experience has drawn plenty of accolades to the group this offseason.

Last year, the Bulldogs returned four starters, but dealt with a host of injuries that forced players to mix and match at other positions, as offensive line coach Sam Pittman leaned heavily on the cross-training aspect of preparation. Georgia led the SEC in rushing yards per game in 2018 with 238 yards. The Bulldogs also gave up the fourth-fewest sacks in the SEC at 20 last season.

But now the offensive line is being mentioned among the best in the country.

“We hear it, we try not to pay too much attention to it,” Thomas said at SEC Media Days. “We’re still motivated because we haven’t won a national championship. We haven’t won the Joe Moore Award, which is for the best offensive line in the country. It’s just motivation for us to keep working hard.”