Offensive Line Becomes Strength for Georgia Bulldogs

Daniel Shirey – USA TODAY Sports

Last spring, the Georgia Bulldogs had no idea what they were going to do with their offensive line. There was little depth and no proven linemen that Mark Richt felt 100 percent comfortable turning to. After a surprisingly strong season in 2012 from his line and everyone returning for 2013, UGA finds itself counting the offensive line as a major strength this spring.

Last season, Georgia was trying to patch together an offensive line to put in front of quarterback Aaron Murray. A young, inexperienced unit went through serious growing pains during the 2012 spring practice and got their butts kicked handily by an experienced defense that was ranked as one of the best in the SEC.

That experience likely helped the offensive line grow, which made them better prepared to handle the rigors of the SEC schedule in 2012. As the season went along, the Bulldogs’ line continued to gel and get stronger, taking Georgia all the way to the cusp of an SEC championship. This season, they’ll be looking to take the next step and bring the hardware home.

In addition to every starter coming back this season, each of the key backups are back as well. That kind of depth has been unheard of in recent memory in Athens, where thin lines have been the bane of the Georgia football program. Richt made a concerted effort to recruit several strong classes of linemen in recent years to stockpile the beef, a decision which the Dawgs are now reaping the rewards from.

With the offensive line depth as healthy as ever, Georgia will look to take the program to new heights in 2013.

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