ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia’s offensive line will have a new look as spring practice begins on Tuesday, but it may not stay that way for long.
Head coach Kirby Smart detailed how it will likely look as the team hits the field on Tuesday afternoon.
Junior Lamont Gaillard will be at center, after starting every game at right guard last year. Senior Isaiah Wynn will be at left tackle, though could continue to experiment at left guard. Senior Dyshon Sims will likely begin at left guard. The right guard spot is “completely up for grabs,” with Smart mentioning redshirt freshmen Solomon Kindley and Ben Cleveland. Redshirt junior Aulden Bynum will begin as the first-team right tackle, with junior college transfer D’Marcus Hayes also in the mix.
Redshirt sophomore Pat Allen and Sam Madden will also be factors. Smart also said that redshirt freshman Chris Barnes and Sims will also be involved at center. He also mentioned Sage Hardin as possibly being in the mix for spots at tackle and guard.
But Smart in his opening comments Tuesday cautioned that the offensive line will be “musical chairs” as they experiment with players at different positions.
“What you see one day will probably be not what you see the next,” Smart said.
Wynn, who will be a senior this season, started 11 games at left guard during the regular season (missing one game with an injury), then switched to left tackle for the bowl game. He also began the 2015 season at left guard before switching to left tackle late in the season.
Gaillard started every game at right guard last year, but was the de facto backup center, ready to switch there if something happened to then-senior Brandon Kublanow.
Sims started at left guard in two games last year, including the bowl game, and started one game in 2015. A versatile lineman, Sims has worked at basically every position, even getting reps at center late in the season.
The team has a talented offensive line class coming in this summer, headlined by five-star tackle Isaiah Wilson. But for now, Smart is hoping some veterans emerge.
“I hope to see a lot of guys that have been in the background come to the forefront,” Smart said. “Obviously, we’ve got a group coming in in the fall that’s not currently here that we think will provide depth and provide competition. We’d love to have some of those guys here right now, but we don’t.