We interrupt this blog for the following bulletin.

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.

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34 responses to “We interrupt this blog for the following bulletin.

  1. Salty Dawg

    Senator, you can interrupt me anytime with articles like that! My heart is pounding out of my chest with pride! Don’t ever stop, Kirby and company!

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  2. truck

    These are heady times to be a Dawg fan. I keep thinking about how much Richt’s skill players might have benefitted from a talented OL. I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say this Smart fellow was a decent hire. 😉

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    • old dawg

      I recall Derick Henry,the one time UGA commit,winning the Heisman behind the Alabama O Lline…there’s little way he wins it running behind Richt’s O line of those days…I would have liked seeing him play for the dawgs but his stats would’ve suffered…

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  3. atlasshrugged55

    It’s a beautiful thing to watch the push we get each play. You win the line of scrimmage & you typically win the game. It’s not complex, but it requires offseason work & good practice which we apparently have.

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  4. dawgtired

    I remember when they moved Gaillard from DL to OL. I thought then, “well, there’s another player that will get lost in the shuffle and never make it.” Sometimes being wrong turns out to be a blessing.

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  5. Good God, Kubs got his ass kicked at Mizzou that night.

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  6. Hogbody Spradlin

    A few years ago we were aghast at the possibility of a freshmen protecting Aaron Murray’s blind side. It was John Theus, a genuine 5 star. Pardon the questioning, but what’s different about Cade Mays.

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  7. Hogbody Spradlin

    Different question, but has anybody tallied how many redheads we’ve had on our offensive line since about 2010. Seems we always have a couple.

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  8. artful codger

    Maybe CKS and Co. single greatest accomplishment thus far: to take the most obvious and glaring personnel deficiency of the previous program and completely reverse it in a span of only two seasons.

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  9. HiAltDawg

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSIR!!!!!!!!!

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  10. Derek

    If we have a position group advantage over Alabama, OL would be it. That may end up being a big deal.

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    • Macallanlover

      After STs, that might be an edge we have at this time. Hopefully, more to come before December. Some other comparisons are pretty close, unfortunately, the edge they have in position group comparisons seem to be on the defensive front 7 positions, so we better have the edge at OL.

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  11. JT

    That’s “Dawg Porn”, time for a shower.

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  12. Down island way

    Senator, i prefer my porn in the early to mid evening, when i have my lights on low , courvoisier for two, dawg slippers in place and my man (jb) doing the background beat…..have a good friday……………..GO DAWGS!

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  13. Steve

    It may just be me, but I remember Catalina just being absolutely terrible. Blows my mind that he’s playing in the NFL. Good for him, but I don’t recall him being that much of an asset that year.

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    • Macallanlover

      There were a lot of things off that year, offense was near the top of the list. Happy for Catalina, if we didn’t take advantage of him at UGA, that is on the staff. Like this selectively attempting to take advantage of transfers and JUCO to fill in some weak areas. Sure, it can get out of hand, and may not be needed as much going forward, but like that the staff is keeping their eyes open in all directions.

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    • He and Wynn should have been flipped

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    • Governor Milledge

      Catalina was never a D-1 LT – that’s why he’s ended up getting more snaps in the NFL at guard.

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  14. AusDawg85

    Asking for a friend who likes to pick nits…is Fromm hanging in the pocket a little too long because he’s got better protection?

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  15. W Cobb Dawg

    IF we’re gonna repeat as sec champs and hopefully win a national championship this season, it’s the OL that must lead the way. Sure, we have talent all through the roster. But to beat the death star and playoff teams we’re gonna need an iron curtain in front of Fromm/Fields, and holes for the RBs to run through.

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  16. MurphDawg

    It wasn’t too many years ago that we had the largest line in all of Football, college or pro and couldn’t get 1 yard when we needed it most. To me, the biggest difference is that we aren’t focused on sheer size or fattening someone up to play heavier, it is that there is skill and solid coaching to go with that size. Exciting times to be sure and it really does make you ask the “what could have been” questions.

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  17. Bulldog Joe

    Biggest differences in this year’s Missouri trip are OL and special teams.

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