ATHENS -- They call Brandon Kublanow "The Bull."
Kublanow is known for his attitude in the trenches, which is how he earned this nickname. Kublanow started each game at guard a year ago but will get a look at being Georgia's starting center when preseason camp begins in early August.
"He's a little bit smaller but he's strong as an ox," offensive tackle John Theus said. "He's got the nickname 'The Bull' and has a nasty streak to him."
Center is the lone spot needed to be filled with David Andrews exhausting his eligibility following the 2014 season. Andrews was a leader on the offensive line that got the group in all the right calls. Conventional wisdom suggests quarterback is the most important position in football. While that may be true, the second-most important spot, or perhaps just as important, might be at center.
“David obviously did a great job for us, did a lot," Theus said. "But I will say what we’ve done this offseason, every guy on the offensive line has picked up the slack. We’re at the line, we all make the calls, we’ll talk about it. There’s not just one guy doing it. Everybody has their own responsibility. We all know the schemes and stuff pretty well to be able to make the calls.”
Centers have to relay information and ensure the rest of the linemen know it's blocking assignments. If a center mishandles a snap, a game can change in an instant.
The Bulldogs appear confident Kublanow will be able to take on this responsibility.
"He fits in perfectly," Theus said. "He's a hard-working, blue-collar kid."
Hitting the links
The Senator explains how Steve Spurrier did damage to South Carolina's recruiting, not the AJC or anyone else.
The Athens Banner-Herald's Mark Weiszer writes about how Missouri is beginning to think of Georgia as a rivalry game.
The Red & Black's Connor Riley writes about Missouri and Texas A&M entering year four in the SEC.
Running back recruit Elijah Holyfield has Georgia in his top five, according to the AJC's Chris Kirschner.
Wilkins, U.S lose but advance
Former Georgia basketball player Damien Wilkins, saw his hot shooting streak come to an end in Thursday's 93-83 loss to Brazil in the Pan Am Games.Wilkins only scored four points and brought down three rebounds for the Americans. This game wrapped up group play.
The U.S. squad still advanced to the semifinals and will take on Canada on Friday.
Herring earns postgraduate scholarship
Former Georgia women's standout Lauren Herring was awarded an NCAA postgraduate scholarship worth $7,500.
Herring, who graduated with a degree in sociology this past May, joins Georgia swimmers Maddie Locus, Nic Fink and Jordan Mattern as postgraduate scholarship recipients. It's the first time since 1997 that Georgia has had four student-athletes earn an NCAA postgraduate scholarship in the same year.
“It was really exciting getting the news about the scholarship and learning more about the background of this grant along with the other student-athlete that got one too,” Herring said. “It’s such an honor to be a part of this group, and it’s a great opportunity that will help out when I continue with my academics."
For the time being, Herring is focusing on her professional tennis career. Her career at Georgia with 238 singles and 118 doubles victories, both of which rank second all-time.
Song of the day
"Spit It Out" by Brendan Benson