Wynn Winning Center Battle?

ATHENS - The biggest competition for a starting job on offense this spring not including quarterback has an early leader.

Isaiah Wynn has held onto his first-team spot at center throughout this week heading into Saturday’s second scrimmage.

“Isaiah had a pretty good scrimmage,” first-year offensive line coach Rob Sale said Thursday night after the Bulldogs’ ninth spring practice. “He’s kept moving forward and he’s on the upclimb. He didn’t take a step back the next day, which is a good thing. You want to see him constantly get better from the day before and he did do that.”

Sale is trying to develop a couple of centers he can count on after the departure of three-year starter David Andrews.

Hunter Long, the backup center last year, and starting left guard Brandon Kublanow, are also getting work at the position.

Center is the only position that doesn’t have a returning starter on the line.

The 6-foot-2, 277-pound Wynn was a backup guard last year as a freshman and never worked at center until practice towards the end of the season.

Wynn said Andrews told him he figured he eventually was going to get moved to center. He was and now he’s learning to communicate more like the position demands.

“It is a lot of work because it is like playing the second quarterback,” said Wynn, from St. Petersburg, Fla.

Sale said the competition is “close, but at the same time you want to create an edge so they don’t feel complacent.”

Sale wants to develop his top two backups and now the guys looking like they could be in the rotation are Long, who can also play guard, and redshirt freshman right tackle Kendall Baker.

“You see that he has the ability, he can move his feet,” Sale said of the 6-foot-6, 310-pound Baker. “He’s a big guy. Just got to play harder every single play. We’re getting that out of him.”


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