GT Filling Holes on OL This Spring

Coach Mike Sewak and Todd Spencer will have some holes to fill as the Jackets look forward to the coming season. Finding two starting guards and a backup center will be priorities this spring.

The Georgia Tech offensive line lost Brad Sellers and Cord Howard to graduation and Joseph Gilbert announced that he'll be transferring. Additionally, class conflicts have necessitated the move of Zach Krish to right tackle from guard. "You can constantly count on Zach Krish," said Sewak. "He's going to give us everything he's got and he's going to keep working on his basics."

One of the priorities this spring is now to find a backup for starting center Sean Bedford. "We're still working on it," said Sewak. "Losing Zach Fraysier for the spring kind of hurts because that would have been an opportunity for him to compete in there." Losing Fraysier for the spring will give redshirt freshman Jay Finch an opportunity to get more reps.

At the guard position, Nick McRae is one player that is looking to make a name for himself this spring. "He's working hard at it," said Sewak. "He's a real good base blocker but sometimes in space is where he seems to be having problems." McRae is also working on getting a good first step.

One of the positives taking place this spring is at the tackle position where a healthier Nick Claytor is trying to reestablish himself at left tackle. Phil Smith is close to coming back and Claytor is getting a lot of reps with both Smith and Austin Barrick missing time at the tackle position.

The Jackets return three seniors on the offensive line for the coming season. In addition to Barrick and Krish, Sean Bedford will be looked upon to lead the younger offensive lineman. Bedford didn't dream he'd be where he is now as he prepares for his senior season. "I'd be lying to you if I told you I did," said Bedford. "This has been an absolute dream come true and I couldn't have written it any better."

Bedford is looking forward to taking on the leadership role with his fellow seniors. "Zach and Austin are doing a great job of helping us lead the way for the younger players."

The question being asked by many is how are the redshirt freshmen performing? "I think the Yellow Jacket nation has a lot to be excited about," said Bedford. Beno, Finch, Foster, Jackson and some kids you probably haven't heard about in Tyler Kidney and Michael Johnson are getting a lot better and they're really quite talented."

Bedford feels that two of the players that came in with high expectations (McRae and Uzzi) are really starting to pick it up now. "Uzzi is really starting to come on strong," said Bedford. "Sometimes I have to look over to my right to see that it is Uzzi and not Cord Howard." McRae looks to have finally found a home at the left guard position. "He's doing a really good job and I don't think we're going to lose too much that way."

Bedford also likes having a healthy Nick Claytor back on the field. "You caught a glimpse two years ago of what he can do when he's healthy and I think you're going to see a lot more of that this year."

The offensive line will be relying on some new faces and some young players as they head into the coming season. The coaches and players are playing with a lot of confidence and determination as they use the spring to get ready for the 2010 season. Top Stories