Smart attributed the protection issues against Vanderbilt to poor communication, though it had nothing to do with crowd noise.
Georgia fans made up approximately 75 percent of the crowd at Vanderbilt Stadium in Nashville.
“We had some ill-advised communication and busts that are not indicative of an offensive line that’s played so many games and starts as these guys,” Smart said. “I think the guys played hard and physical, but we got to play smarter and protect better.”
While Hill comes in for some specific criticism about his consistency in the article (and he did have trouble picking up the stunting Vandy’s d-linemen did), he wasn’t alone in having protection busts on occasion.
While they’ve got two weeks to spend on working out communication issues, it doesn’t help that they’ll have to do that with a change of cast.
It would seem one likely adjustment for Saturday’s game is for sophomore Cade Mays to move from right guard to right tackle, and redshirt junior Ben Cleveland to get the start at right guard.
At practice, however, sophomore offensive lineman Jamaree Salyer was the next man up after Wilson left the field with injury.
Salyer figures to see his first action of the year after returning to practice on Tuesday, though his conditioning would be a question mark.
Salyer missed more than a week of practice with an undisclosed lower body injury suffered on Aug. 20.
Given the talent on hand and Sam Pittman, I wouldn’t say this represents a crisis as much as it does a challenge. But, yeah, they need to find a way to keep Jake Fromm’s jersey cleaner.