Inman: Line looks to better itself in '05

ATHENS – Georgia will return all five starters on the offensive line next season. In fact, they will return two additional starters from the 2003 season that sat out in 2004. One tackle, however, started all games in 2004 for the Bulldogs, and he seems to be locked at that spot.

Daniel Inman enters spring drills as the number one strong tackle for the Bulldogs. Inman says he'll line up at tackle next season, too, along with Dennis Roland, Ken Shackleford, and Chester Adams. The only game Inman didn't start at strong tackle, the Vanderbilt game, he started at tight tackle replacing Roland. Georgia's depth at tackle seems to be at a recent high.

Still, Inman seems to have the inside track at the starting spot in 2005. Should he start next season he will be a third-year starter at that spot. He started much of the 2003 season and every game in 2004. In all, Inman has started every game but one in his career.

Inman hopes that 2005 will be a year in which he and the rest of the offensive line meet their own expectations.

"We didn't quite do what we wanted to last year," he said. "Next year is a new year to prove ourselves – we will see how far we can go."

But there was drastic improvement on the offensive line from 2003 to 2004. That was evident not only in the protection of quarterback David Greene, but also by the amount of yards rushing with a plethora of running backs.

Georgia's offensive line paved the way for eight 100-yard performances in 2004 while allowing only 20 sacks, or less than half of the total from 2003. There were no 100-yard rushers in 2003.

"I think we are such a close nit offensive line," said Inman. "Everyone wants to see everyone else get better. My goal is to get better and see where it takes me. I think as a whole, we are all looking forward to next year."


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