Are things better or worse? No. 1 things definitely look better - it would be difficult to be worse. It appears, and "appears" is the key word four practices in to spring football, that Georgia has narrowed in on four of the five offensive linemen who will likely start this fall.
If we know anything this spring its that Isaiah Wynn will almost certainly start at left tackle.
“He’s the one guy who has been rock solid. Isaiah has done great at left tackle,” UGA coach Kirby Smart said on Tuesday. “Not only in games, but in practice. He’s very confident. He’s very strong handed.”
Kirby admits that at only 300 pounds and without ideal arm length a left tackle would typically have, Wynn is doing the job at that spot even without many of the measurables usually associated with the position.
“The book says he can’t play (left tackle),” Kirby said. “But people do it all of the time. He’s a leader of our team. He’s got a chip on his shoulder, and he wants to prove it and prove everyone wrong. I enjoy watching him compete out there. Its not like he doesn’t have to block length on our team when it comes to Lorenzo and Davin. I’ve been very pleased with what he has done so far.”
All of the other spots on the line are more in the air. Still, all but one of the other spots seem to have a leader for that particular spot. Lamont Gillard appears to have a hold on the center spot. Meanwhile, Dyshon Sims and Soloman Kindley have what seems like a leg up on other linemen at the guard spots. However, Kendall Baker and Ben Cleveland have both rotated in on the line as well.
“When you are asking about the right tackle, right guard and left guard - its musical chairs right now. There is not a lot of continuity there. We are trying to find the best mix and match,” Kirby said.
The spot that seems very much up in the air is at right tackle. Senior combo tackle and jumbo tight end Aulden Bynum has spent a fair amount of time at the No. 1 right tackle spot this spring. But JUCO transfer D’Marcus Hayes seems more physically gifted than Bynum, but could need some time to take a starting spot away from Bynum.
Meanwhile, this fall the rest of the 2017 recruiting class will arrive in Athens, and that will present more options to Sam Pittman and company for the five spots on the line. The Bulldogs will welcome tackles D’antne Demery, Isaiah Wilson and Andrew Thomas to the program. All three are considered top 115 prospects in the country.
That’s why Kirby appears to be so hesitant to give hints on what the line will look like later this year, or even later this month.
“Its day to day,” Kirby said on Tuesday. “Its just day to day. We are going to try to do five weeks; look at it five times; and try to make the best evaluation of each kid and give them the opportunity to grow.”