In the nick of time

Pro Football Focus cites offensive line as Georgia’s biggest recruiting need, which just proves you don’t need an analytics website to know something about Georgia football, but it’s the explanation that drives home how strong that need really is.

The Georgia offensive line had just two players finish 2016 with even an average grade, in center Brandon Kublanow and guard Lamont Gaillard. With Kublanow graduating, the Georgia offensive line loses its best player, and someone who allowed just one sack and six pressures in 2016. It’s of even bigger importance in the running game, where Nick Chubb returns for his senior season, and could use as much help as possible to give him free runs and linebackers and defensive backs. Chubb forced 39 missed tackles on 223 carries last year, and will be looking to build on that in 2017.

I’m not trying to be ugly here about a good kid, but Kublanow as the Dawgs’ best offensive lineman last year is all you really need to know about the kind of hill Sam Pittman’s climbing.

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22 responses to “In the nick of time

  1. UGA85

    Amen to that.

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  2. DawgPhan

    Or that Pittman couldnt coach em up. whatever way you want to spin it.

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    • gastr1

      Somebody’s going to have to coach up a center, which should make us all nervous.

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      • DawgPhan

        Exactly, everyone loves to pile on BK, but he was a solid player in the middle of the line. Our coaches didnt do them any favors last year and the best we have is hope that they coach up the next guys and find ways to scheme around the inexperience.

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    • PTC DAWG

      When your best LT is a Rhode Island grad, you might just have a problem.

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  3. Bill

    Uhhh interior linemen don’t generally give up many sacks.

    His problem was run-blocking and was definitely never our best lineman.

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  4. Atticus

    Demarcus Hayes and Isaiah Wilson will walk on the campus and be better than Kublanow and Pyke day 1. You can’t wn without an NFL player or two on your line. We had ZERO. Then you add the other freshmen like Netori and Schafer and Demery and Thomas….. plus another year for guys like Wynn, Sims and Galliard and the development of Pat Allen and Ben Cleveland…..sorry but the line with be LIGHT years better this year.

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    • DawgPhan

      So we are going to play 11 guys on the OL? Might be tough to move the ball, but I guess we wont be giving up a ton of sacks?

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      • Atticus

        Depth lol

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        • DawgPhan

          Sure. I guess I dont share your optimism that these coaches have been developing any of the players on the team. They certainly didnt develop any of the guys that played this season on the OL.

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          • Atticus

            How do you measure that…developing? I go off Pittman’s track record and reputation. None of them (outside of possibly Wynn) who played this year will ever play a down in the NFL. Schools don’t win championships or even compete for them with that kind of roster. My optimism is better talent and more numbers and a 2nd year in the system for the current players and the QB….. increases odds for better performance.

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            • DawgPhan

              well one way to be to see if the players got better as the season went on.

              did the team perform better at the end of the season than they did at the start of the season.

              Compare how the line looked against UNC and how it looked against Tech.

              Check the advanced stats to see if the team was more efficient at the end of the season than they were at the start.

              It isnt hard to determine which teams developed and which teams didnt develop.

              These guys dont have to NFL HOF guys in college to show development, they could simply just get a little better to end the year than they were at the beginning of the year.

              The difference between growth and proficiency. I dont think that we saw a lot of growth in the team or any of the individual players during this season.

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  5. Normaltown Mike

    anti-Semite!

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  6. 69Dawg

    BK might have only given up 1 sack but he definitely let the interior of the pocket collapse on more times than not. When the center can’t at least stand his ground against the rush, the QB is going to have to vacate the pocket. Pyke was a hot commodity after his first season but playing him out of position cost him a lot of money. While we are at it why was the Rhode Island guy and fan favorite (not) the only lineman invited to an All Star game. I guess we just don’t understand the game. I’m not so sure big is better on the line. Big and fast beats the hell out of big and slow and the new style of defensive linemen are big and fast.

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    • Dylan Dreyer's Booty

      “…he definitely let the interior of the pocket collapse on more times than not.”

      I guess if he is the only lineman that might make sense, but he can’t reasonably be expected to do it by himself. The guys to the left and the right of him are supposed to help, too. They didn’t.

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  7. W Cobb Dawg

    So does this mean Kublanow, Pyke and Catalina go on to have long, productive NFL careers?

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