The offensive line is not normally a hot topic on most sport sites. Normally when you see news about the guys that live in the "trenches," it's about an injury or two. Maybe a missed assignment that got the quarterback drilled in the back by a blitzing linebacker is the topic for the day, but they don't generally get a lot of love.
As we focus on 2009 and begin to predict how the Bulldogs will do, I thought maybe we should shift our focus away from the playmakers for a few minutes.
Several articles have mentioned the offensive line in general and specifically the return of Trinton Sturdivant. But could this unit be the pivotal unit in the Dawgs success or failure this season?
In my opinion the answer is yes. The truth is this...the offensive line that takes the field for the Dawgs on September 5th may very well be one of the best we have seen in years. They may also be one of the best in the country.
Injuries have plagued the offensive line at Georgia for years. Last season was no different. Trinton Sturdivant went down in August and Vince Vance started six games before he went down for the year.
Offensive line coach Stacy Searels did an incredible job last season. Players moved to different positions from game to game, and even from play to play. Many played two or three positions over the course of the season.
Hopefully all of that experience last year will help this unit stand out this year. All five starters return. Eight players on the unit have started at some point, and combined this unit has 99 starts to their credit.
So let's give some props to the guys in the "trenches." They may very well hold the key to a successful season for the Dawgs.
I will not list them all, but here are nine lineman that you should know. If you don't, then take some time to research these guys.
Key offensive Lineman for the Georgia Bulldogs:
Clint Boling #60 - Clint is 6-5, 286 lbs...Clint started 12 games last season.
Chris Davis #63 - Chris is 6-4, 296 lbs...Chris started 13 games last season.
Ben Jones #61 - Ben is 6-3, 304 lbs...Ben started 10 games as a true freshman last season.
Cordy Glenn #71 - Cordy is 6-5, 331 lbs...Cordy started 10 games as a true freshman last season.
Trinton Sturdivant #77 - Trinton is 6-5, 293 lbs...Trinton missed 2008 with a knee injury. He started 13 games as a true freshman in 2007.
Vince Vance #72 - Vince is 6-8, 325 lbs...Vince started six games before he injured his knee last season.
Justin Anderson #79 - Justin is 6-5, 338 lbs... Justin started seven games last season.
Tanner Strickland #54 - Tanner is 6-5, 327 lbs...Tanner was a back-up last season. He also is No. 1 on the team squatting 700 lbs. in the weight room.
Josh Davis #78 - Josh is 6-6, 293 lbs... Josh started four games last season.
So remember keep cheering on the Dawgs, and keep your eyes on the "trenches."