HOOVER, Ala. — Georgia’s so-called “Great Wall” of an offensive line has their own saying in the meeting room.
“It’s like Coach Pittman says,” right guard Ben Cleveland says, “we have got to start the party.”
Coach Kirby Smart’s Bulldogs are a consensus top five team entering the 2019 season with visions of partying in New Orleans after the College Football Playoff Championship Game this season.
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As always in the game of football, it all starts up front.
“I really just want our guys to dominate the guy that lines up across from them, it’s just that simple,” Smart said at the SEC Spring Meetings in Destin in May. “If every guy that we put on the field can dominate the guy across from him, then I think we’ll come out ahead and I’ll be happy about it.”
Smart and his three Bulldogs’ representatives will do their talking in Hoover, Ala., at the SEC Media Days on Tuesday morning.
Preseason All-American and Outland Trophy favorite Andrew Thomas will join QB Jake Fromm and Safety J.R. Reed as a UGA representative.
Cole Cubelic, a former Auburn offensive lineman and current analyst for ESPN and the SEC Network, projects the Great Wall as the favorite to win the coveted Joe Moore Award, which goes to the best offensive line in college football.
“Going into the season, I talk about Georgia, Oregon and Alabama as the top three in the country, and then you pencil in Wisconsin and a couple of others,” Cubelic told DawgNation.
“I think Clemson and Michigan are probably in that discussion, and Washington might have a chance to be in there. Auburn has all five starters back, but they didn’t play great football last year and were at times they were inconsistent.”
Georgia has been among the three finalists for the Joe Moore Award each of the past three seasons. Cubelic is part of the panel that votes on the award, last year picking Oklahoma, the year before, Notre Dame.
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Cubelic ranks juniors Solomon Kindley and Ben Cleveland as the top two offensive guards in the SEC, and Outland Trophy favorite Andrew Thomas as the best offensive tackle.
“Sam Pittman has his hands full in the best possible way of, I’d say, any offensive line coach in the last 15 or 20 years,” Cubelic said. “He has a lot of really good problems to work out this offseason with that depth of talent.”
Here’s a look at how Cubelic sees the Bulldogs’ offensive line:
Solomon Kindley, 6-4, 335, RS junior
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Cubelic: “With Solomon it’s versatility first and foremost, he doesn’t have just one area of strength in his game, he does a lot of things well, he has great feet and lateral quickness. He brings power, he can get downfield in the screen game and run game to the second and third level.
“He’s pretty good in pass protection, (but) he didn’t have a great game against Alabama or Texas in pass protection. But the majority of the group had a lot of breakdowns against Texas when you go watch that game again.
“I think Solomon is the unsung hero of that whole group. He has just been so steady, and that goes back to the South Carolina game when everybody wanted to talk about all the other guys in that group.
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