Before you pin Amarius Mims’ name to the starting offensive line, keep in mind that his head coach has a general skepticism about true freshmen being SEC-ready.
“Young being mid-year it’s hard to tell,” Smart said recently when asked if he can tell who had taken full advantage of winter workouts. “The biggest discrepancy in our mid-year enrollees and our young players is usually strength at point of attack. They’re just not strong. I’m not gonna call names but we’ve got a lot of guys out there that are mid-year enrollees that are maybe talented enough, but they’re not ready to take on a Justin Shaffer or a Jamaree Salyer or a George Pickens or whoever it is, Jordan Davis. They’re not going to walk out there and be able to do that.”
That isn’t to say it’s impossible, but…
Smart can recall times in his career, whether as an assistant coach or a head coach, where he has had no choice but to look at an early enrollee as a potential starter or major contributor. There have been times when, due to lack of depth at a certain position, that he knew that he’d have to rely on a mid-year guy whether he was ready at that point or not. If that player wasn’t ready, Smart knew he’d have to get him ready.
The offensive line may have issues, but depth isn’t one of them. If Mims cracks the starting five, it’ll be quite a credit to his talent.