Any time Stacey Searels speaks to the media, it’s noteworthy, but I find this comment refreshing as well.
As for those players Searels has been busy motivating of late, the past three seasons have provided a big dose of encouragement as to what the future might have in store.
Georgia landed three offensive line recruits this year — four-star prospect Brent Benedict, burly lineman Kenarious Gates and Kolton Houston, who enrolled in January and is already working out with the team.
While it’s unlikely that any of the three will see the field — just as last year’s signing class of Austin Long, Chris Burnette and Dallas Lee failed to do — that’s not necessarily a bad thing, Searels said. It means that Georgia’s starters are doing their job, and unlike years past, the younger players are being given an opportunity to develop before being thrown into the fire.
“The first two years (Searels was at Georgia) we started four true freshmen,” he said. “These kids being able to redshirt, get a little bigger, get a little stronger, work in the weight room and develop and not just be thrown into the fire, I think it’s going to make the offensive line even better.”
When’s the last time you heard any Georgia coach discuss the stability of the offensive line situation without being in scramble mode?
One response to “Keeping the why-Georgia-is-doomed-in-2010 vibe going”
Coach Searels is the best of the best! If you are a high school O lineman, this is the Coach you want to develop and to mature under. It takes awhile to develop the O line. Coach Searels has done an outstanding job at UGA even though he came into a situation with no depth, lingering injuries, and youth. 2009 was difficult for Coach Searels and his O linemen. You could see these guys coming at times early in the season. The Florida game is where I thought they turned the corner. Yes, King and Ealey may “run this state”, but the O line is who “paves this state.” If you have your hands in the dirt in ’10 in front of this guys expect to get your ass pancaked (examples: Auburn, Tech, Texas A&M …)