What we learned from Spring: Tight Tackle

Georgia spring practice concluded with its annual G-Day game. Here is a look at the Tight Tackles:

One of a few potential All-Americans on the Georgia roster is junior Max Jean-Gilles. A native of Miami, Jean-Gilles is Georgia's best lineman. There was some talk earlier in the year that Jean-Gilles might be tried out at the guard spot but that does not seem to merit any sort of real seriousness unless Josh Brock and Bartley Miller stay hurt in 2004.

Even then the move would be a risky one. Jean-Gilles is a part of a group that allowed way too many sacks last season but moving the best lineman inside seems like a very poor gamble.

James Lee backed Jean-Gilles up most of 2003 and also served as the number two tight tackle in the spring. He likely won't get a lot of time with the number one unit after the heat of September gives way for the October's cooler weather.

Key to this position:

Jean-Gilles is Georgia's best offensive lineman; they will use him as much as possible in the fall. He must be in condition to play during hot September games against the likes of South Carolina and LSU.

Depth chart shuffle:

None this spring. Jean-Gilles will start as long as he is healthy. There is no solid number three player at this spot.

2004 Prediction:

Jean-Gilles makes All-American 2nd team and jumps to the NFL Draft.


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