I didn’t find much in the way of surprises in Dean Legge’s fall camp preview… well, except for this tidbit:
Truthfully, it’s hard to know every scenario for the line because none of the spots are really locked down – besides Gates starting – and the Bulldogs are pretty deep. Georgia may be inexperienced on the line, but it is deep. Consider that Xzavier Ward is starting to look like a legit SEC tackle, and he’s an afterthought.
This fall will be about the offensive line figuring out who is the best overall combination of five players on the field at one time… once that happens the Bulldogs will be able to rotate in order to keep fresh at the game goes on. Expect no less than seven linemen to get significant playing rotation this fall: Gates, Andrews, Burnette, Lee, Theus, Dantzler, Beard and Houston (?). Don’t be stunned to see Ward come along. If Austin Long can stay healthy and contribute it will simply be icing on top of the cake.
Xzavier Ward as an afterthought is a pretty apt description. I don’t think he’s shown up on anybody’s radar to this point. If it turns out he’s functional, Houston gets the NCAA’s blessing and Theus can make a significant contribution as a true freshman, the offensive line situation may not be as worrisome as I’ve thought. Although I’m still skeptical about how Andrews’ size holds up over the course of an SEC season.