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Morning musings: Georgia's 'misfit kids' to man offensive line once again

Kolton Houston said the offensive line features a bunch of "misfit kids" that work hard.
Kolton Houston said the offensive line features a bunch of "misfit kids" that work hard.

Call them the misfits.

That's what sixth-year senior Kolton Houston calls himself and his fellow offensive linemen, at least. The way Houston sees it, the line features a bunch of guys that aren't necessarily the best at their position, but play like a top-tier group collectively. As a result, many national pundits consider Georgia's offensive line to be the best in the nation this year.

It's hard to argue that considering what last year's team brought. Four out of five seniors return from a group that paved the way for Nick Chubb to total 1,547 yards and 14 touchdowns on the ground. Teams knew what the Bulldogs were running and couldn't stop them. Yet center David Andrews, considered the leader of the unit last year, went undrafted this past May.

Right now, only John Theus is getting some draft buzz, which is something Houston likes to make fun of him for. The rest of the guys, Brandon Kublanow, Greg Pyke and Isaiah Wynn, aren't getting that kind of attention at the moment.

“It’s a bunch of misfit kids who like to work hard and enjoy working hard," Houston said. "There’s nothing special about any one of us. We give John a hard time because he’s the big celebrity hotshot. He’s really not. We call ourselves the misfits and we take pride in that. But the guys in the backfield make us look better than we are.”

Houston was joking about Theus as the two are close friends. But Houston's overall point is that the line is able to play at the level it does despite not getting much individual recognition.

These guys are teammates others want to associate with. When quarterback Greyson Lambert arrived from Virginia, he said he wanted to spend more time with the offensive line after meeting them. Houston said it likely has to do with the fact there isn't much flash when it comes to the line.

Only substance.

“Probably, in the most realistic way, we’re not the hotshot kids," Houston said. "We’re usually humble. We recognize we’re fat and ugly. We try to be funny. We try to be jokesters. But when it comes to business we’re always going to be the ones working.”

Hitting the links

Over the weekend, Georgia basketball's J.J. Frazier was arrested on two driving-related charges.

Jake Ganus getting first-team reps in practice while Tim Kimbrough recovers from injury.

Senior kicker Marshall Morgan hopes he can follow Blair Walsh's path in his career.

Georgia commit Chad Clay was unable to participate in Peachtree Ridge's scrimmage due to a minor MCL sprain, writes the AJC's Chris Kirschner.

Bulldawg Illustrated's Bob Miller writes that running back Sony Michel said that every player is focusing on doing their role for this year's team.

The Senator notes that the best quarterback on Georgia's schedule, at the moment, looks to be Georgia Tech's Justin Thomas.

Linebacker Laguins

This Wednesday, Georgia will find out if its going to get another commit for the class of 2016.

Oconee County inside linebacker Jaleel Laguins is scheduled to announce his college choice this Wednesday at his school. Georgia would appear to have an edge just because he's a local kid from Watkinsville. But Auburn is also in the mix, with a lot of recruiting analysts believing that the decision could come down to those two schools.

The Bulldogs have 15 commits in the class but none at inside linebacker. That could be a big draw for Laguins, though the Bulldogs did bring in Roquan Smith, Juwan Taylor and junior college transfer Chuks Amaechi in last year's class.

Quotable

Senior kicker Marshall Morgan on being noticed in public: “I’ve been in a restaurant before and someone’s tweeting at me. And I turned around and they were waving at me. I’m like, that’s kind of weird.”

Song of the day

"Friend of the Devil" by Grateful Dead

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