Sam Pittman is the shiznit.
It’s also a bigger Georgia team on the offensive front. Two years ago, the Bulldogs went to Missouri with the starting line of left tackle Tyler Catalina, left guard Isaiah Wynn, center Brandon Kublanow, right guard Lamont Gaillard and right tackle Greg Pyke.
That line averaged 304 pounds, but this year’s line averages more than 327 pounds regardless of whether sophomore Andrew Thomas or freshman Cade Mays starts at left tackle along with left guard Solomon Kindley, Gaillard at center, right guard Ben Cleveland and right tackle Isaiah Wilson.
“We had a first-round guy (Wynn) playing two years ago, and we’ve got a guy playing in the NFL right now in Catalina,” Smart said. “Both of them were playing at that time, so there were two good players on that unit. We didn’t always perform well, but they were two talented players. We have more size now, and we have more guys who have played more snaps as a whole, and they’ve played those snaps in this offense.”
Said Odom: “A lot of that starts with recruiting and with one of the best offensive line coaches in the country in Sam Pittman. I’ve got a tremendous amount of respect for him and the job that he’s done over his career. They play a physical brand of football, and you can tell that they’re very well-coached.”
Odom does see similarities from two years ago as far as what the Bulldogs do, but he was quick to add that Smart has “ramped it up and put them on fast-forward as far as getting that program to where it is today.”
Since Georgia last played at Missouri, the Bulldogs have snagged six offensive linemen ranked among the top 100 players in their respective signing classes. Based on opposing coaches who already have faced Georgia, that quality beefing-up process is having its desired effect.
“We wore down defensively,” South Carolina’s Will Muschamp said this week when asked about the 41-17 loss to Georgia on Sept. 8. “We could not get them in a negative play in the run game. Gaillard has done a really good job at center, and the right side of their line is 6-7, 340 pounds at both the guard and tackle position.
“They are just massive up front, and they do a great job of getting movement.”
I still can’t get over hearing opposing coaches sincerely describing Georgia o-line situation the way we’ve been used to describing… well, Alabama’s. Sam Pittman is a bad mother.
That is all. We now return you to our regularly scheduled programming.