Offensive line providing better protection so far

ATHENS – Inexperience is no longer an issue for the Bulldogs' offensive line. After allowing an SEC-high 47 sacks in the 2003 season, the youthful offensive line returned this season a little older, more experienced, and more focused.

Last season, Georgia's 47 allowed sacks cost them 336 yards of offense. But this season, the Bulldogs have set their sights on better protection. "Our goal this season is to allow only ten sacks," said Georgia junior guard Max Jean-Gilles.

If the offensive line continues the type of protection showcased in the first two games of the season, that goal just might be attainable. After two games, the Bulldogs have surrendered only one sack, and that came at the hands of Georgia Southern.

"They've done well," said Georgia head coach Mark Richt of the offensive line. "They're blocking better and they're picking up the blitz better. The backs have done a pretty good job of picking up the blitz, too. The run blocking is good as well."

All of those factors help the offensive line give David Greene and the other quarterbacks better protection in the pocket. But despite giving up just one sack to date, the offensive line isn't celebrating quite yet.

"I think we are getting better and improving each week," said sophomore guard Nick Jones. "But we still have a long way to go to be where we want to be. We are working hard each week to get there and we have a lot more challenges to come."

The Bulldogs offensive line is led by guards Jean-Gilles and Jones, sophomore and junior tackles Daniel Inman and Dennis Roland, and junior center Russ Tanner.

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