Dawgs' OL still a work in progress

ATHENS – Matthew Stafford was sacked only twice, and Georgia rushed for 142 yards against Oklahoma State.

Those are passable numbers, but Coach Mark Richt and offensive coordinator Mike Bobo admit their team needed some smoke and mirrors to achieve them behind its young offensive line.

"We had some backs that made us look better than we were," Richt said. "We had a quarterback who probably made us look better than we were up front."

"We weren't really a cohesive unit up front with everybody blocking-assignment wise," Bobo said.

Georgia started a true freshman, a redshirt freshman and a first-year junior college transfer and played another true freshman and junior college transfer in its line rotation.

"We're about what we thought, young, inexperienced, making mistakes, sometimes physically getting whipped, but at times we did a nice job," Richt said. "We're a work in progress for sure."

Georgia won't be able to protect its line through play-calling all season, Richt warned.

"We'll have to take some shots downfield," he said. "Sometimes they've just got to man up and block. There will be times when that has to happen."

Offensive line coach Stacy Searels has refused to speak to the media all season.


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