Otherwise known as four out of five ain’t bad.
Richt said Georgia probably will go with one of two starting lineups on the line that both include Andrews at center and Pyke at right guard.
One lineup would also have Theus at left tackle, sophomore Brandon Kublanow at left guard and Houston at right tackle. The other would include senior Mark Beard at left tackle, Houston at left guard and Theus at right tackle.
If Theus is indeed the best offensive tackle on the squad, and he looked clearly improved at G-Day, then playing him at right tackle isn’t the best utilization of his talent. But the coaches recognize at this point that they may not have a choice.
Richt is surprisingly sunny about the o-line’s prospects…
“I think we’re going to be very good up front,” Richt said. “We won’t be this dominating bunch of maulers, but they’re very well-coached, they know what they’re doing, they get their hat in the right spot, they run their feet on contact. They’ve got a little meanness and toughness about them. If you do that, you’re going to create some space for these great backs and create some time for the quarterback to throw it. I think we’re going to be in good shape.”
… and there’s been some chatter that there may be some help coming with this year’s freshman class, but I don’t think the hesitation over the makeup of the line is because there’s a wealth of options at left guard and I’m skeptical of a true freshman lineman being a significant contributor on an SEC team. What I’m afraid of is that the uncertainty at left guard drags Friend and Bobo into doing more personnel shuffling during the season than they’d like.
This team is loaded at the skill positions. Mason looks like he’s going to be a capable manager of the offense, maybe more. Bobo knows what he’s doing. All the elements for a productive offense are in place. You’d hate to see what could be a strength, or at least a point of stability – after all, if you’ve settled on four guys as your starters, what you’d really like to do is plug ’em in to their spots and go – wind up limiting that production.