If you need a bit more context for my earlier post, look no further than the video below (h/t DawgTimeMag)
Georgia lost three veterans on the offensive line at the end of last season. That meant some reshuffling was going to be needed, and it’s clear the upgrades have resulted in a group that’s ready to make some noise–even if it’s just of the spring time variety.
The interior positions were one of the more criticized spots for this unit, but the new tandem of Pat Allen and Solomon Kindley–both of whom arrived at Georgia with a ton of promise– has made a huge difference in the overall attitude of the line.
Both were recruited for their nastiness, and both are showing that now that they’ve been given the chance.
Add to that, the move of Dyshon Sims to right tackle, and the confidence of Isaiah Wynn at left, and you have a group that seems to know its time is now.
As to their being more “eager”, I have little doubt the impending arrival of more competition this summer has helped feed that hunger.
It’s interesting to note Wynn’s acknowledgment of the S&C focus, as well.
It’s clear Sam Pittman is looking to increase the foot speed of his charges, as well as make sure they aren’t pushed around this time around.
Last year’s group had a plethora of issues holding blocks and, more often than not, even smaller opposing defensive lines had zero trouble dominating in the trenches.
This group is larger, and stronger, but the emphasis on conditioning ensures the latter two won’t necessarily translate into sleuth-footed players on the field.
That’s a good thing.
End of the day, the question will continue to be if the defensive line regressed or the offensive line progressed?
It may well be a case of both being true, but only time will tell, and I have no doubt we’ll all be watching.