Georgia Football: The Offensive Line is Definitely More “Physical” Than Last Year

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Natrez Patrick wasn’t looking to put down what the guys on his side of the field are able to do, but he could not deny the change–in the attitude and play–of the personnel on the offensive line either.

Said Patrick, “They’ve been looking pretty good to me. I don’t really specialize in the offensive side of the ball, but from the looks of it, they’ve been looking pretty good”.

When asked to elaborate as to what exactly they’ve brought to the table, this spring, as opposed to the last, he made it clear this set of guys has “raised the bar” and been noticeably more “physical”. 

You can watch the remainder of Patrick’s interview below (h/t DawgTimeMag), and read a few more of my thoughts after the jump.

It’s interesting to hear how much hungrier the offensive line group is, compared to Georgia’s veteran group of defensive players. 

I don’t know if it’s been difficult for the older players to stay focused, or if they’ve actually begun taking their starting roles for granted, but it’s clear their heads aren’t completely in the game …yet.

That’s certainly a problem and, honestly, it’s one I think will remedy itself in the near future: the 2017 class arrives in June and you can bet those highly-touted true freshman will arrive with the intention of taking spots as well. 

That should certainly add fuel for that group’s competitive fire.

Also, the comments Patrick made regardong Tae Crowder has me wondering how much he’ll contribute this season. I don’t see him moving into a starting role, but he’s obviously been on the defensive side long enough get comfortable. 

If his acumen increases exponentially as well, it’ll be interesting to see how much his depth chart value goes up. 

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6 comments for “Georgia Football: The Offensive Line is Definitely More “Physical” Than Last Year

  1. Otis day
    04/12/2017 at 9:51 AM

    Guards playing tackle does not bode well for the OL. Wynn and Sims are just that guards.

    • 04/12/2017 at 9:57 AM

      I agree with you on that, but neither Sims nor Wynn are expecting to play guard this year. The patch job we witnessed in 2016 shouldn’t have to be the case this time around.

  2. 04/12/2017 at 9:08 AM

    Comment made by Natrez Patrick about incoming talent is for sure spot on. Appears in this Spring Practice period that there are some offensive linemen that recognize the offensive line talent is much better than has been in years past. Also appears that Kindley is going to start for a long time, believe his talent was recognized last season by Coach Pittman.

    Tae Crowder has been a favorite of mine since he arrived in Athens. Young man wants to play football. Always like hearing and reading the word “depth” Kimberley.

    • 04/12/2017 at 9:56 AM

      As we’ve said before, Buc: competition is a good thing to have. It allows everyone to step his game up and play like they have a job to lose. Even our young QB has benefited from the push.

      I know for a fact this OL group coming in will be doing so with the intentions of getting on the field ASAP, so the guys that are here now already know they have to step into their roles and hunker down.

      It’s nice to see.

  3. Vic Webb
    04/12/2017 at 8:12 AM

    The proof is in the pudding……and the pudding isn’t served until
    September. I have to be guarded against the hype. I’m hopeful.

    • 04/12/2017 at 8:13 AM

      We all have to be guarded, Vic. This ain’t our first rodeo, by ANY means.

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