Watts learning new position

Georgia's depth has improved so much on the offensive line that both of the true freshman offensive linemen will likely redshirt. That is saying a lot for the development and depth of a group that couldn't be talked about without the term "youth" coming up at some point in the conversation last year.

Seth Watts, from Washington County High School, was a Superprep All-American, yet at no point in this fall's practices did it ever occur to the Georgia coaching staff that Watts should be prevented from redshirting; it's a luxury Neil Callaway is getting for the first time in a few seasons. Last year Nick Jones, Fernando Velasco, and Ken Shackleford all played as true freshmen. Two years ago Josh Brock, Max Jean-Gilles, and Bartley Miller all played. This season, no offensive lineman will play, save an emergency.

Watts admits that he is not fully ready to play this season.

"It's been a very big adjustment," said Watts. "Even though I come from a program like Washington County that prides itself on hard work, it's nothing compared to what we are going through right now."

Like most true freshman on the team, Watts cites speed as the most difficult to get used to.

"The speed is so much different," he said. "The workouts are so much different. But I am learning under great leadership on this team."

Georgia is loaded with talent on the offensive line. Russ Tanner, Jean-Gilles, and others have encouraged Watts and fellow true freshman Chester Adams.

"All of the other guys have taken me under their wing and are showing me the ropes," said Watts, who recorded 149 knock down blocks his final season at Washington County.

Watts, who's nickname is WACO (short for Washington County), is also learning how to play offensive guard, a departure from his days in Sandersville.

"I have played tackle for the last seven years, and I am playing mainly guard right now, not much center," Watts said. He is a candidate to move to center down the road, perhaps after Tanner graduates. But right now, Watts is concentrating learning the nuances of guard.

"I have had to play with different footwork. It's the number one thing I have to learn right now. In terms of a difference from high school tackle to college guard, the steps are different," Watts said.

"Coach Callaway told me to work as hard as I can," said Watts. After all, one never knows when the time will come where Watts is needed on the offensive line. Until then, he will continue to learn a different position at a new level of football.

"It's all about mental toughness," Watts said.

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