HOOVER, Ala. — Brandon Kublanow’s day started with a first and it basically continued with firsts the whole day.
It began with a three-player, predawn special workout, which he arranged with strength and conditioning coach Scott Sinclair. Then it propelled on from there with his first-ever ride in a small, chartered aircraft to his first-ever appearance at SEC Football Media Days.
“No, never been on a private plane,” said Georgia’s 6-foot-3, 299-pound senior center. “It was a little small. Coach Smart was telling us he jets on it on all the official (visits). He told us he rode on the exact same plane 25 years ago and he’s still riding on it today. I was like, ‘well, it’s battle tested.’”
Kublanow is battle-tested as well. He has started the Bulldogs’ last 26 games on the offensive line, the first half as an offensive guard and the last half as a center. He is slated to start at center again this season and, as such, is the undisputed leader of relatively young offense.
That’s why he took it upon himself to arrange a private workout for him, Jeb Blazevich and Dominick Sanders before they left campus with coach Kirby Smart to attend media days.
“I didn’t have anything to do with it,” Smart said. “Kublanow called (strength and conditioning coach Scott) Sinclair and said, ‘we’ve got to fly out at 7:30; we need to work out.’ So they did it this morning early.”
It wasn’t a lot really, a quick workout of about 45 minutes featuring mostly running and some agility drills. But it serves to illustrate the mindset that Kublanow brings to the team.
“I just didn’t want us to miss a workout,” the senior from Marietta said. “I knew our teammates were going to be working out this afternoon and I didn’t think we should just take the day off because we were coming over here.”
The Bulldogs see that type of initiative from Kublanow every day, and it’s something he applies in every aspect of his life.
In his opening remarks on Monday, SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey drew attention to another such initiative Kublanow undertook earlier this year. He became a notary public back in May.
“Probably the only notary on a Division I football roster,” Sankey said.
Kublanow heard about that second hand, but couldn’t validate his distinction about being the only one. But for him, it simply made sense as he worked an internship at Butler Properties, a commercial real estate and development group in Athens.
“It’s just something good to put on your resume and just have,” said Kublanow, who hasn’t yet gotten a chance to put his new powers to use.
Kublanow’s most important job is on the field of play for the Bulldogs, however. As the starting center, not only is he in charge of delivering the football safely to Georgia’s quarterbacks, whoever happens to be back there, but he also must have a complete understanding of the every aspect of the Bulldogs’ new offense and well as the ability to instantly identify and communicate to the rest of his mates what kind of defense they’re facing.
That has been further complicated by Kublanow and his mates playing under their third offensive coordinator in as many years. Then add the fact that the Bulldogs are still uncertain at this late date about who will start at quarterback or who might be available to run the football.
Kublanow takes it all in stride.
“I get asked that a lot, who’s going to be quarterback. You know, all three guys have done a good job,: he said, echoing the sentiments of his coach. “All of them had great spring games. They’re all going to compete hard in fall camp and we’ll see what happens there.
“As far as the tailbacks go, Sony (Michel) and Nick (Chubb) are working as hard as they can to rehab. I know they work every single day to get as ready as they can be.”