Greene can be as confident as he wants to be, but if injuries cripple the Dawgs' already shallow depth, he and the rest of the quarterbacks will be playing being the G-Day game behind a hodge-podge line.
Still, the offensive line progressed noticeably against impressive opposition last season according to Greene. "I am confident in them. Especially watching them this past year as they progressed," he said. "During the season the number twos go against the number ones. So they went against the number defensive line everyday in practice. And that's guys like Sullivan and Pollack," said Greene.
Mark Richt said that getting the offensive line in shape for the coming season is one of his top priorities for this spring's practices. Richt said that the offensive linemen will get plenty of repetition and practice during spring drills.
"They are all going to get more work than they can handle," he said.
Apparently some linemen have.
Dennis Roland did not finish practice earlier this week after he was nailed in the shins. His injury left Georgia with one less player to practice on the line. It also left even more work for the rest of the linemen. And the void that Roland left meant that walk on linemen had to practice on the number two line, which was something that Richt was worried about before Roland got injured.
"You know in the spring you work two units equal. Its ones verses ones, twos verses twos, and we even try to go threes verses threes but we don't even have any threes. We don't have enough twos on scholarship," said Richt explaining the depth problem.
Jim Donnan did not sign an offensive lineman in his 2000 recruiting class and that has officially come back to haunt the Dawgs. Depth, as far as the offensive line is concerned, is the number one issue for 2003. The number two issue, and it is a very important one, is experience.
"I think that they are going to be able to hold their own this year," said Greene, remaining confident of the inexperienced group. "They know what the competition is going to be like," he added.
Greene reiterated that last year's number two offensive line performed well last season in practice. "By watching practice, the number two line was doing a great job of opening holes against the defense." he said. "They are a strong physical bunch that works hard. They are trying to be the best that they can be."
According to Richt, for the offensive linemen exhaustive work will be the name of the game this spring. "The line is going to get all that they can handle. There won't be a lineman in this program that won't be exhausted when its over."