Given what Georgia head coach Mark Richt said about the offensive line, it could be the one position group that can least afford to sustain any injuries.
On Friday, following Georgia’s scrimmage, Richt said his second-string offensive line is nowhere near where it needs to be at this stage of the preseason.
“I don’t know if there is anybody on that unit ready to play winning football yet,” Richt said. “I’m not trying to dog them. They’re just developing. They’re getting better.”
Of the guys on the second team, Richt singled out senior Hunter Long as the only one that could step in without much of an issue at center or guard. Based on what Richt said, it’s probably safe to say that Long is the primary backup at both guard spots and center for the time being.
Long has also taken some snaps with the first-team offense at center in recent practices.
Though Richt was down on the second-team offensive line, sixth-year senior Kolton Houston had a more positive outlook on the group.
“The defense is good and it’s hard for those guys,” Houston said. “The twos get switched around a lot more than we do. They’re constantly going at new positions. They’re all talented guys so they’re going to get the hang of it.”