Lamont Gaillard, a former four-star recruit for the defensive line, is getting a look on offense.
Gailliard split time during Thursday’s practice, working at guard to see if it should be a permanent move.
“We were just testing the waters with him. He was receptive to it,” said offensive line coach Rob Sale, who had Gaillard do some individual drills, such as one-on-one pass protection. “He showed some promising things. Good kid.”
Gaillard (listed at 6-foot-2 and 305 pounds), was one of the top recruits under the former defensive coaching regime. He held to his commitment after Jeremy Pruitt was hired as defensive coordinator, and signed last year, but took his redshirt year in 2014.
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It remains to be seen whether Gaillard will move to offense, but the veteran linemen said he had a good debut.
“He looked pretty natural,” guard Brandon Kublanow said. “He’s definitely rough, obviously, he hasn’t played it in a long, long time. But he looked good.”
“He’s a very talented guy,” Long said. “Those D-linemen have the quick feet and hands.”
Georgia is trying several position switches this week: Junior college transfer Chuks Amaechi is at outside linebacker, flipping spots with early enrollee Natrez Patrick, who is at inside linebacker. And redshirt freshman Keyon Brown is at defensive line,after spending last year at outside linebacker.
Other O-line thoughts
Sale inherited four starters on the offensive line, and so far shows no inclination to jeopardize their spots. So his emphasis has been on finding a starter center, and then to pintpoint one or two top reserves.
Whoever doesn’t win the starting center job is in good position to be the sixth guy; Isaiah Wynn or Hunter Long can each play both guard spots.
The seventh linemen at this point is Kendall Baker, a redshirt freshman who is working at right tackle.
“You see that he has the ability. He can move his feet. He’s a big guy. Just gotta play harder every single play, and we’re getting that out of him.”
Kublanow also cited Baker when asked if any young players had jumped out at him.
“He’s kind of rough right now, but eventually I think he’s gonna be good,” Kublanow said of Baker.
Aulden Bynum is doing a good job at left tackle on the second team, Sale added.
Sale’s overall impression of the line? He thinks it’s “probably right on par” with where it should be after last season, when it emerged as perhaps the best line Georgia has had in five years.
“Watching the (film of last year) when I first got here, you just watch how hard these guys play. These suckers play hard,” Sale said. “And that’s what you want as an offensive line, guys to play hard, smart, know what to do. And they do a good job of that.”