With key players back from injury and a bunch of very experienced youngsters, good things are expected from the Dogs’ offensive and defensive lines this season.
ESPN.com’s Chris Low has picked Georgia’s offensive line as the best in the SEC, ahead of Florida, LSU, Ole Miss and Auburn. He says: “The Bulldogs have more experience in their offensive line than any other SEC team. They also have a lot of flexibility after injuries forced them to move so many people around last season. Getting left tackle Trinton Sturdivant back is huge, and right tackle Clint Boling is also an All-SEC-caliber player.”
Meanwhile, in an Athens Banner-Herald piece on defensive lineman Kade Weston, a sometime starter who toils in the shadow of nationally recognized Geno Atkins and Jeff Owens, coach Rodney Garner draws a favorable comparison between the current mix of Atkins, Owens, Weston and backup DeAnglo Tyson and one of his more heralded Georgia lines from a few years back.
“As far as feeling that they’re interchangeable, as far as being able to mix and match starters. I remember when I had [Richard] Seymour and [Marcus] Stroud, and Johnathan Sullivan was backing them up. I felt like it was interchangeable. Right now, I feel like I’ve got a lot of options.”
Dogs missing two wins?
Georgia football historian Patrick Garbin continues his campaign to get the UGA program credited with two more wins than its officially recognized 723 victories.
Garbin’s research shows that Georgia hosted and defeated the Olympians, a club team from Atlanta made up of former college football players, to open both the 1908 and 1909 seasons. He cites no less an authority than Dan Magill as saying those wins should count.
As for the argument that the two games are not considered official victories because they were played against a “club” team, Garbin notes that Georgia faced “athletic clubs” from Savannah, Augusta and Atlanta six times from 1893 to 1906. And all six of those games are recognized by UGA and the NCAA as official wins.
Sounds like a good case for rewriting the record books.