ATHENS — The headline: Isaiah Wynn, Georgia’s most important offensive lineman, is back. The result: The Bulldogs are still tinkering with how the rest of the line will look.
Wynn was back at left tackle on Monday after missing all of last week with what coach Kirby Smart said was an illness. And Wynn was, of course, with the first team.
Meanwhile, someone else was back with the first team: sophomore Pat Allen — the first-team left guard entering the preseason who spent last week on second team — at tackle and guard. Allen was back at first-team left guard during the media viewing period Monday.
So where was Andrew Thomas, the freshman who was first-team left guard last week? Thomas was still on the first team, but now at right tackle. Thomas was projected as a tackle leaving high school and was at tackle the first week of practice, before the experiment at guard last week.
So on Monday it was another highly touted freshman’s turn to try left guard: Isaiah Wilson, who was the second-teamer behind Allen. Wilson ran second-team right tackle last week.
Ben Cleveland, the redshirt freshman who ran first-team right tackle last week, was still at right tackle on Monday, but was working behind Thomas.
Dyshon Sims, the senior who entered preseason as the first-team right tackle and then moved to Wynn’s first-team left tackle spot last week, was working second-team left tackle on Monday.
Finally, center Lamont Gaillard and right guard Solomon Kindley remained unchanged. Those two have been in those spots all of spring practice, and seem — along with Wynn at left tackle — relatively settled. Left guard and right tackle, however, remain spots of experimentation.
The second-team offensive line also included Kendall Baker at right guard and walk-on Sean Fogarty at center.
OK, now for some non-offensive line updates:
- This practice was held indoors as the skies were threatening outdoors.
- Jonathan Ledbetter, the standout junior defensive lineman, remains out. Ledbetter missed Saturday’s scrimmage with what Smart also called an illness.
- Long snapper Trent Frix was not seen at practice.
- Freshman receiver Mark Webb was working with the slots, the first time that’s been seen during a media viewing period. Webb had a drop, but then caught another pass, leading offensive coordinator Jim Chaney to shout: “You’re back home in the slot!”
- Junior receiver Terry Godwin again worked on the outside, which might have been an effort to polish him on those routes. Godwin, who has been the first receiver with the slots, is being prepared for all receiver roles.
- Mecole Hardman was first in line with the slots, in Godwin’s absence.
- Redshirt freshman Chauncey Manac continues to work with the defensive linemen.
- Sophomore J.R. Reed, contending for a starting spot at safety, made a nice one-handed catch about 10 yards away from the thrower on this drill. The thrower was coach Kirby Smart.