Kublanow expects to anchor Georgia’s line in 2016, and was recently included in the Rimington Award watch list, awarded to the best center in college football.
For a veteran on the team, there is a great deal of new to get used to with head coach Kirby Smart, offensive coordinator Jim Chaney and Pittman. When talking about the new additions to the staff Kublanow lauded Pittman’s demeanor.
“Coach Pittman is an amazing guy and a father figure to a lot of us. He really takes care of you," Kublanow said.
The offense is also learning a different scheme with Chaney.
“Coach Chaney is hilarious," Kublanow said. "He has been painting the whiteboards floor to ceiling like a jail cell. His philosophy fits us so much so the transition has been smooth.”
Chaney’s offenses elsewhere have successfully combined the run with an explosive passing attack. With freshman quarterback Jacob Eason joining Greyson Lambert and Brice Ramsey in the competition for the starting job, Kublanow is at ease which ever way coach Smart decides to go.
“Every year I have been here we have had a new quarterback, but it is nothing new to me and we will be comfortable with whoever is back there,” he said.
Even with the signal callers gaining publicity the Senior center did not shy away from the identity of the offense.
“We’re UGA, we run the ball, it’s what we do," he said.
Smooth seems to be the word of choice for Kublanow when also discussing new head coach Kirby Smart.
“We’ve been through transition before with Coach Bobo leaving," he said. "And most of the guys are really happy with their relationships with Coach Smart. Coach Smart is really energetic, he runs all over the field, and practice has been intense. We are running around everywhere.”
Coming into the season Kublanaw said that expectations for the year are simple right now.
“Our expectation right now is to win the summer.”