ATHENS — Georgia coach Kirby Smart doesn’t play the respect card, or even use oversights as motivation.
But, truth is, the Bulldogs are getting as much preseason recognition as any other team that brings a two-game losing streak into the 2019 campaign.
Pro Football Focus and ESPN released their preseason All-American teams, and plenty of Georgia players were recognized.
Pro Football Focus (PFF), which is known for its metrics and microscopic positional breakdowns and grading, raised a few eyes with its first-team All-American offensive line selection.
Junior offensive guard Solomon Kindley — not left tackle Andrew Thomas — was the pick of PFF for first-team preseason All-American honors on offense.
PFF penned: “Kindley is a dominant force on the ground for the Bulldogs rushing attack just as he is strong in pass protection. A well-rounded guard anchors one of the nation’s top tackle duos.”
Thomas, a projected top 10 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft and an Outland Trophy favorite, was a second-team pick at offensive tackle.
Georgia senior safety J.R. Reed was a preseason first-team All-American pick by PFF.
Bulldogs kicker Rodrigo Blankenship was a preseason second-team All-American pick by PFF.
ESPN, meanwhile, made both Thomas and Kindley first-team preseason All-American picks.
Safety J.R. Reed, however, was not a first-team preseason All-American pick by ESPN, nor was Blankenship.
Sports Illustrated released its preseason All-American teams last week.
Tailback D’Andre Swift was a second-team preseason All-American pick by Sports Illustrated, as was Kindley.
Blankenship was also a second-team pick by Sports Illustrated.
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