Though Georgia Tech’s offensive line features three new starters, and may have four for Saturday’s 7 p.m. game at Wake Forest, it is performing (mostly) well.
With redshirt sophomore Omoregie Uzzi at one guard, redshirt freshman Will Jackson at the other and redshirt sophomore Phil Smith at a tackle, Tech’s rushing attack is averaging 320.5 yards per game this season. The glue to the line, center and senior Sean Bedford, may miss Saturday’s game after he was kicked in the shin in last week’s loss to N.C. State. He didn’t practice on Monday and won’t practice on Tuesday.
There’s a chance that another redshirt freshman, Ray Beno, could start in Bedford’s place against the Deacons.
Assistant coach Mike Sewak said you can see the progress the line is making, though the consistency is lacking.
“Watch the first snap [against N.C. State], Omoregie Uzzi knocks the heck out of his guy. He knocks him back,” Sewak said. “And then you see Will Jackson knocking his guy back.
“If we can consistently do that …”
Jackson said he feels that the line is much improved from the opener against S.C. State. He said he was so hyped it felt like he was playing the New England Patriots, rather than a FCS (formerly Division I-AA) team.
There has been some discontent from some fans, saying that the line is getting manhandled. Sewak, who coaches the guards and center, disagrees, saying that sometimes the line catches a blitz that bends them back.
Pass protection is an issue. Johnson said on Tuesday that too many times Joshua Nesbitt is running for his life instead of having time to survey the field.