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ATHENS, Ga. – Maybe it’s time for Georgia offensive tackle Isaiah Wynn to be nicknamed the immortal jellyfish. Because like the invertebrate which rebirths itself, Wynn doesn’t go away, he reemerges at left tackle.
UGA keeps trying to replace him there. At 6-foot-2, 305 pounds, he’s doesn’t have the prototypical left tackle measurables. The Bulldogs have players on the roster that have better physical attributes, but none have been able to beat out Wynn. Long-armed and quick-footed, he is the best the Bulldogs have to offer.
The senior from St. Petersburg, Fla., who received preseason All-SEC mention this year, has played the majority of his career at left guard. That’s where he has logged all but six of his career starts. But the others have come at left tackle, and they’ve gone well.
In 2015, when senior John Theus was struggling, the Bulldogs moved Wynn to left tackle. Georgia finished 5-0 in Wynn’s starts to end the season.
The Bulldogs encountered a similar scenario last season. Graduate transfer Tyler Catalina started every game of the regular season at left tackle. But the Bulldogs struggled offensively throughout. After losing to Georgia Tech in the regular-season finale, line coach Sam Pittman decided to put Wynn at left tackle again. The Bulldogs won, 31-23, over TCU in the Liberty Bowl.
Georgia brought in D’Marcus Hayes from junior college to compete for the left tackle position this past spring. But, it was Wynn who started for the No. 1 offense in the G-Day Game. And despite the Bulldogs bringing in a top-3 recruiting class this year that included five linemen and several blue-chip tackles, Wynn intends to stick at left tackle.
“I’m the left tackle,” Wynn said.
There’s no arguing with the immortal jellyfish.
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