Blind sidin’

Here are the spring contenders for one key open spot, offensive left tackle:

Jamaree Salyer (junior): He was the nation’s No. 10 offensive guard in the 2018 class but thus far he has played most of his significant snaps at right tackle. It’s probably inaccurate to say that he has looked natural at that spot, but he has performed pretty well considering that he lacks some of the ideal measureables. He has adequate length and is a good athlete with the appropriate competitive spirit. He’s definitely capable of being a more-than-serviceable option at right tackle but we don’t see him as a great fit on the left side.

Owen Condon (redshirt sophomore): Injuries have plagued the 6-foot-7 315 pound lineman thus far. He was coming off an ACL injury in his first season with the program but drew praise from Smart for his work in the weight room. Those Friday lifts when he didn’t make the travel roster made a difference. He was banged up quite a bit last season and we never really saw what he had to offer. He’s kind of the forgotten man at tackle right now.

Warren McClendon (redshirt freshman): The Brunswick native enrolled last January and we quickly started hearing some buzz about his natural strength. He’s long and athletic but he has a really powerful lower half that gives him the ability to slide inside if he’s needed there.

Xavier Truss (redshirt freshman): If you were to draw up the ideal offensive tackle, it would look a lot like Truss. He’s 6-foot-7 and tips the scales at around 320 pounds. He has really good feet and his senior film shows that he can use his hands well. We’ve heard quite a bit already about his athleticism and for now, we have him as the favorite to win the starting left tackle job.

I have no idea who winds up manning the spot come September.  There’s both plenty of talent to choose from, as well as question marks.  Plus, a new evaluator in the form of Matt Luke.

I will say that I have a feeling come September, 2021, the correct answer may be Broderick Jones, but that’s a subject for another day.  In the meantime, what’s your feeling about who’s gonna be protecting Jamie Newman’s back side?

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  1. Jones needs to put on some weight. According to georgiadogs.com, he tips the scales at 275 pounds. Unless he puts on 30-35 pounds of good weight between now and August, I don’t see how he contributes in 2020. The kid seems be very athletic with his size, so I believe Sinclair can find a way to do it.

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  2. Dylan Dreyer's Booty

    I have no idea who it should be but would be surprised if a true freshman gets the start. Just seems like a position that begs for some experience.

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  3. Probably Newman gonna protect Newman.

    And yes, still mad at Mayes, that was his slot for his junior year and for fame and fortune.

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    • FlyingPeakDawg

      Yep. Newman not going to wait around to get blind-sided. Whoever gets the LT spot just needs to avoid being speed rushed and getting holding penalties. Push ‘me wide.

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    • Rocketdawg

      Mayes was a turnstile at LT. He was better at either guard or RT. Speed rushers are going to eat him alive with his slow feet.

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  4. Greg

    Salyer….they will give Jones a chance to develop.

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  5. Sweet D

    Not for nothing, but Sayler was the #1 OG and #10 overall, not the tenth best guard.

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  6. GruvenDawg

    If I had to guess LT is Truss’s job to lose.

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    • W Cobb Dawg

      I think somebody is gonna have to be pretty darn good to beat Truss for the job. Ratledge wasn’t mentioned, but he’s a highly rated OT too. There’s no shortage of talent for every OL position.

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  7. junkyardawg41

    My guess is we will have a lot better information after G-Day. I am sure we will see a lot of combinations… I am curious to see how Luke deploys the troops… are we going to see a lot of lateral movement and combo blocks or are we going to see a lot of straight line strength push. Either is fine and I think it will inform who will be counted on to start.

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  8. Mayor

    The answer is all of them. They’ll all get playing time somewhere but not all at left tackle. My guess for starter at LT is Truss.

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  9. My hope, and itll help, is we get a little more dynamic. We got (and I cant believe I’m saying this) a lil to big and not fast. I learned this year theres a happy medium. And pass pro vs run is different

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