If you’re wondering what kind of miracle worker Stacy Searels has been so far this season, take a look at something Mark Richt said yesterday:
Georgia freshmen starting offensive linemen Trinton Sturdivant, Clint Boling and Chris Davis are all listed between 290 and 293, but Richt said all three are probably under 280 pounds.
“When you’ve got 275, 280, 275 up front, it’s just not a mature body,” Richt said. “Are they getting better with experience? They’re getting a lot better. When we lined up against Tennessee, those are third-, fourth- and fifth-year bodies running into those guys just a couple of months out of high school. It makes a big difference.”
For context, Georgia currently ranks seventh in rushing and fourth in sacks allowed in the SEC, neither of which is embarrassing. And, sure, you can’t give the offensive line all the credit for that, but don’t forget that Greene and Shockley had to deal with an offensive line that gave up 47 sacks in 2003. Based on the current numbers (10 sacks in 7 games), the current group is on pace to give up something on the order of 17-20 this year.