Even if, like me, you’re feeling giddy over the prospects of Georgia’s offensive line this season, Seth Emerson ($$) does point out one area of potential concern worth noting.
Where this year’s offensive line doesn’t match up well historically is experience. That’s been a pretty key factor for past Georgia teams.
Mark Richt’s first SEC championship team in 2002 started five seniors. Three years later Georgia again started five upperclassmen — three seniors and two juniors — and won Richt’s second and final SEC championship. Even two years ago, when Isaiah Wynn was the only senior starter and Thomas was a true freshman at right tackle, in between them were two juniors and a redshirt sophomore.
This year there will likely be no seniors in the starting lineup.
True, there is some returning experience, as six different players have made at least four starts. But the inside part of the line, where the surest thing in April is Trey Hill taking over as the new center, is pretty up in the air.
Of course, a lot of this is driven by a surge in talent with the last two recruiting class in particular. Five-star kids making a leap in year two, like Jamaree Salyer, are naturally going to supplant others with more experience, but if you’re Sam Pittman, you’re going to play your best five, regardless. I don’t know how it will shake out, obviously, but it wouldn’t be unreasonable to expect there to be a few kinks, at least early on, regardless of how big and talented the starting five is.