ATHENS — There’s a bit more clarity on the potential lineup of Georgia’s offensive line, a source of some intrigue this offseason.
Brandon Kublanow, who moved between tackle and guard the past two season, said Tuesday he’s working mainly at center now. Greg Pyke, who started at guard the past two seasons, is also getting a look at tackle, according to Kublanow.
Kendall Baker, a redshirt sophomore who has yet to play at Georgia, will begin at tackle with the first team, head coach Kirby Smart said before Tuesday’s practice.
Junior Isaiah Wynn will begin at one of the guard spots, Smart said, but will be prepared to play guard and tackle, as he did last season.
“There were some in-depth conversations there,” Smart said. “What we basically do is identify a guy, is he a tackle, is he a guard-center, and which guys can go both ways. Throughout the spring we’re gonna have to work different groupings there. I think it’s important to cross-train, because we cannot anticipate injuries and they often happen in the offensive front. So we’ve gotta be ready and more prepared to handle all those situations.”
Georgia needs to find at least two new starters, with tackle John Theus and Kolton Houston – who played tackle and guard – having graduated. Kublanow, Pyke and Wynn are the three returning starters, with Baker the one known new first-teamer, at least for the first practice. The fifth spot at this point is unclear, although junior Dyshon Sims started one game there last year.
“They’re gonna find the best five,” Kublanow said. “Size is always something that they need in the SEC, but heart is too. I’m obviously not the biggest guy but I feel like I’ve definitely got one of the biggest hearts on the team. I love the game, I love to compete.”
Wynn also falls in that category, according to Kublanow. Wynn has played all five positions the past couple years, finishing last year at left tackle.
“I wouldn’t say he’s the biggest guy, he’s definitely not great and athletic, but he’s got a lot of heart, and I think that could make a real difference in a player,” Kublanow said. “He’s done great. I mean the whole line’s done great. Everyone’s really pushed each other this offseason.”