HOOVER, Ala. — Georgia’s ballyhooed new offensive linemen have been on campus a little over a month, and at least two of them, Isaiah Wilson and Andrew Thomas, are drawing praise for not acting as if they’re ballyhooed.
Wilson and Thomas were both top 50-rated recruits — Wilson was a 5-star — and will have a chance to start right away. When Georgia tailback Sony Michel was asked at SEC Media Days on Tuesday which freshmen were making a positive impression, he pointed to those two.
“Andrew, Isaiah, they came in and they’re just buying in,” Michel said. “They don’t have the mindset, ‘Oh, I’m the 5-star who’s coming to play. It’s, ‘I want to learn, I want to compete, so I can play.'”
Nick Chubb, the other star senior tailback, echoed that.
“They don’t run their mouth that they’re a 5-star,” Chubb said. “All that goes out the window when you come to college. So they’re doing a great job of coming in and handling everything well.”
There’s at least one starting job up for grabs on Georgia’s line, and perhaps more, depending on how things shake out. Both Wilson and Thomas play tackle, and the most uncertain spot on the line is right tackle.
Senior Isaiah Wynn seems set at left tackle. Junior Lamont Gaillard is the favorite at center. And the two guard spots were manned this spring by sophomore Pat Allen and freshman Solomon Kindley.
But with only Wynn and Gaillard being returning starters, the opportunity is there for the freshmen to move into a big role. Netori Johnson and Justin Shaffer also could push to get in the conversation at guard. And junior-college transfer D’Marcus Hayes, who enrolled for spring practice, also is contending at tackle.
“Our offensive line has been working extremely hard this offseason,” Michel said. “We’ve got some young guys who hopefully could play a part, play a role in this offense. I’m excited for what we have in the future.”
Chubb was asked if he was curious what the makeup would be of the offensive line would be after a couple of years of struggle and three starters gone.
“I think we’re all curious to see,” Chubb said. “We don’t really know how those guys are going to pan out. We hope they’re great for us, but who knows.”