Well, here’s one thing to look for at G-Day:
Richt took issue with some of the offensive line play he has seen during the spring. Georgia returned three starters and the top backup from last season. But the line has not come together as quickly as Richt would like.
“There’s no question that the defense is ahead of the offense by a good margin,” Richt said. “Most of it’s happening up front. We’re not getting the QB-center exchange. We’re not able to provide a lot of space for runners and time for passers. I’m sure it’s frustrating for offensive skill people when you wonder what can be. But up front right now we’re probably a little further behind this year than we were a year ago. We’ve got a ways to go.”
Georgia lost center Fernando Velasco and tackle Chester Adams as outgoing seniors. Velasco took every meaningful snap last season. His projected replacement, Chris Davis, was a starter at guard last season and has not found a rhythm with the quarterbacks yet. A number of regulars are back, but not all are in the same position. Kiante Tripp, who was a defensive end last spring, is the projected starter in Adams’ old spot at right tackle. Vince Vance, Georgia’s top sub last season, is the projected starter in Davis’ old spot at left guard.
There’s still half of spring and all of fall practice to get things sorted out. And Georgia has two winnable games to start the season, so there will be plenty of game time experience before traveling to Columbia. With the job Coach Searels did last year, there’s no reason to panic, but I hope that Bobo is able to call a better game against the ‘Cocks this season without being handicapped by o-line concerns.
By the way, is it just me, or does the throwaway line at the end of the notebook – Matthew Stafford wore a wrap on his non-throwing wrist but his passes did not lack zip – make as little sense as it looks?