ATHENS — Georgia redshirt junior Ben Cleveland was back running with the first team at right guard during Thursday’s limited media window of observation.
The Bulldogs’ offensive linemen looked to have noticeably better body builds than their counterparts on defense, more than one of which appeared to have a weighty issue.
Indeed, there’s a reason why some believe Georgia has the best O-Line in the country.
As expected, the players working first team were: LT Andrew Thomas, LG Solomon Kindley, C Trey Hill, RG Cleveland, RT Isaiah Wilson.
If there was a surprise in the depth chart, it was seeing Jamaree Salyer working as the backup right tackle with Cade Mays tucked inside at right guard.
Offensive line coach is likely doing that to build depth at tackle, as Mays would surely be the first man in at either of the offensive tackle positions should a starter go down.
Warren Ericson and Clay Webb also appeared to be at center, while Justin Shaffer was No. 2 at left guard and D’Marcus Hayes was No. 2 at left tackle for the purposes of drills.
The most impressive physical transformation appeared to be Brian Herrien, who looked every bit the part of the power back Georgia will need him to be.
Herrien, the most impressive UGA back in the Sugar Bowl, is listed at 6-foot, 210 pounds but looked bigger.
D’Andre Swift was running at the front of all the drills, while James Cook was No. 3 behind Herrien.
New Georgia secondary coach Charlton Warren very loud and frenetic, chastising cornerbacks for “wasting too much time” when the next ups weren’t ready to go in drills.
“We’ve got 8 minutes to get better, men!” he yelled. “Eight minutes. Now quit wasting time!”
Junior Ameer Speed continues to work with cornerbacks. He had a cast on his left hand but it did not seem limit him at all. – CT
Former UGA QB in attendance
Former Georgia QB Faton Bauta, now an assistant at Monmouth, was among coaches observing Thursday’s practice. – CT
Chip Towers contributed to this report