Unlike in past years, there was no freshly minted Georgia depth chart dropped on reporters last week at the Peach State Pigskin Preview event in Macon.
Georgia Tech put out its preseason depth chart. Georgia State had a post-spring depth chart. Georgia Southern’s preseason info included a spring depth chart.
The Bulldogs? Crickets. And that was expected.
Not because of the Tray Matthews situation (he wasn’t booted until later that evening), but because first-year defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt has pretty much maintained there are no starters. Not yet.
Remember two walk-ons ended the spring running with the ones in the secondary.
“We know every day is a competition day with new coaches,” said senior inside linebacker Amarlo Herrera, who is one of the guys that seems safe to start again. “You’ve got to compete every day so you’re going to do the best you can.”
Of course, a depth chart often isn’t worth the paper it’s written on.
Xzavier Ward was listed as Georgia’s starting offensive right tackle at this time last year, but the oft-injured rising junior didn’t crack the rotation. Mike Thornton was the starting nose and ended up playing sparingly. Sheldon Dawson was listed as a starting cornerback and had a hard time getting on the field for much of the season.
That doesn’t mean things can’t be gleaned from a pecking order.
Merritt Hall was a surprise first teamer at fullback two years ago and started six games that season.
Besides the secondary, the offensive line certainly will be worth watching in August practices.
Greg Pyke has a leg up at right guard and Brandon Kublanow or Kolton Houston could start at left guard.
“You talk about those two guard positions are up for grabs,” quarterback Huston Mason said. “Coach (Will) Friend and Coach (Mike) Bobo did a lot of rearranging in the spring. We tried a lot of different guys out in different spots. They haven’t really named any starting lineup. I’m sure they have a good idea of what they’re going to try out in preseason camp. It’s still up for grabs.”