With top-10 offense potential, offensive line still has questions for Georgia
The Georgia Bulldogs have depth and talent at running back and wide receiver and a quarterback who’s been around the offense for four years who won’t have to do much. But even with all the potential, there remain big question marks at offensive line.
The ‘Dawgs lost three three-year starters last year from a line that was shaky at best in the run game. Of course, losing Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall to injuries in 2013 didn’t help. But for an offense that is capable of being top-1o nationally, an average offensive front can stymie the Bulldog’ championship hopes and a potentially electric offense.
However, entering fall camp, offensive coordinator Mike Bobo felt good about where his line was, according to the Ledger-Enquirer.
“I feel really good about where we’re at up front,” Bobo said last month. “I think we’ve got some maturity up there, we’ve got some leadership in that group. We’ve got some guys who we feel are a little bit more athletic than we’ve had in the past. But the bottom line is we’ve still got to go out and do it. Potential doesn’t really mean anything yet.”
Senior David Andrews is locked in at center, while Greg Pyke is the favorite to open the season at right guard. Junior John Theus is in the mix to start at either tackle spot, along with senior Kolton Houston, who can also play left guard.
Left guard is the spot that is still wide open, with Brandon Kublanow, Mark Beard and freshman Isaiah Wynn competing. Wynn has impressed coaches so far this fall, and recently told the Athens Banner-Herald he’s settling in well at left guard.
“I’m just going out there taking it day by day and going my hardest,” Wynn said.
Senior Watts Dantzler is also a candidate at tackle and guard, giving the Bulldogs depth across the front, which gives Bobo another reason for cautious optimism.
“We’ve just gotta figure out what’s our best combination that’s going to give us the best success,” Bobo said.