Georgia got a sneak peek of what its 2014 offensive line might look like when senior starters Dallas Lee and Chris Burnette went down with injuries in the Gator Bowl.
Lee missed the second half after suffering a strained quad, giving an early glimpse of what Brandon Kublanow could bring as the starting left guard. Rising senior Watts Dantzler stepped in for Chris Burnette at right guard when Burnette was sidelined with a hip flexor.
“I do think Kublanow gives us a little bit more of a physical presence inside,” offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said of the 6-foot-3, 290-pound Marietta product who was the only freshman offensive lineman to play this season. “He’s got some power. It’s going to be interesting.”
Georgia will also return rising senior Mark Beard along with John Theus and Kolton Houston at offensive tackle, where the Bulldogs lose senior left tackle Kenarious Gates.
“We’ve got Kolton and John, both can play tackle, and Beard,” Bobo said. “We’re going to have to figure out, as I always say, what the best five is, but I think we’ve got a chance to be maybe a little bit more physical up front. We have (center) David Andrews coming back, who’s always a plus. I think he played great all year.”
During bowl practices, Burnette broke down the two other freshmen offensive linemen who didn’t play.
On left guard/center Josh Cardiello (6-3, 299) who redshirted this year: “Cardiello is a really explosive guy, which I like. I think that’s really important as an offensive lineman to be explosive. He has good leverage, knows how to bend his knees, also pretty athletic, deceptively athletic. I think that’s going to be good for him in the future.”
On Aulden Bynum (6-5, 261), who Burnette said has lined up in multiple spots: “He’s not as strong as he needs to be. Probably needs to put on a little bit more weight, but I think he’s also very good naturally just with leverage and feet space. I think both of those guys will be able to contribute.”
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