I’m not gonna go crazy with any heavy analysis of what went on yesterday at Kirby Smart’s first practice, because it was Kirby Smart’s first practice. I can’t resist mentioning one thing, though.
Georgia’s offensive line appears to be taking a different approach in practice than the previous coaching staff had it do.
In position drills, the guards and centers broke off from the tackles. The tackles actually did position work with the tight ends. And Greg Pyke, who has played right guard the past two years, was with the tackles, working in tandem with tight end Jeb Blazevich on drills. To be more specific, it appeared Pyke was working as a right tackle.
The first-team offensive line, at this point, appeared to be left tackle Kendall Baker, left guard Isaiah Wynn, center Brandon Kublanow, right guard Dyshon Sims and Pyke.
It’s not so much that I see that as being writ in stone as I do see it as an indication of Pittman’s fresh eyes. It’s going to be interesting to see what he fashions on the line in August. One thing I do hope is that he’s able to make up his mind early enough then to give the starting five, who obviously are going to be different from last year’s group, an opportunity to develop some continuity with each other. (Not to mention what needs to happen if Smart elects to start a true freshman quarterback…)