ATLANTA -- The offensive line looks to be a strength heading into the 2015 season. However, one injury to a tackle could prove problematic with a lack of experience behind the starters.
If something were to happen to left tackle John Theus, Georgia head coach Mark Richt said he’s unsure at the moment who would step in and take over. However, he did offer one guess off the top of his head as to who might be able to do it.
“I think a guy like (Greg) Pyke has enough versatility,” Richt said at this year’s UGA Day at the College Football Hall of Fame. “Pyke could end up playing tackle. That would be my first guess. Then we would have someone else play guard.”
Based on how the line is at the moment, if Pyke was forced to shift to tackle, that could place two guys at guard that didn’t see much playing time a year ago. Brandon Kublanow, who started at left guard a year ago, is opening preseason camp at center. Isaiah Wynn is slated to start at left guard instead. Of course, moving Pyke to left tackle in case of injury is purely hypothetical. But injuries are a part of the game.
The Bulldogs thought they would have had some tackle depth with DeVondre Seymour transferring in from Hinds Community College in Mississippi. However, Seymour elected to end his football career after spending 17 days in Athens this summer.
“Any time you lose a guy you recruited and signed and had plans for that has changed things,” Richt said. “That’s part of college football. We wouldn’t have predicted it going in, obviously. But nothing really surprises me, if you do it long enough.”