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.