Georgia football: Will beginner start during right tackle for second true season?

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Position battle: Right tackle

When descent line manager Sam Pittman was acid for a starting right tackle before a 2017 season, he looked to a beginner on a squad. Freshman Andrew Thomas warranted a curtsy and started all 15 games.

Although a line was suspicion to be one of a weakest units on a group streamer into final season, it finished adult being one of a strongest, interjection in no tiny partial to Thomas. He determined himself as one of a best linemen on a group by a season, transforming a right tackle from a debility into a strength. In 2018, he’ll change to left tackle, environment him adult as a cornerstone of a line for a successive dual or 3 years.

Which brings Pittman and Georgia right behind to where they were final offseason,  searching for a starting right tackle. And a resolution substantially will be a same as it was a year ago, by throwing a youngster right into a fire.

As open use approaches, DawgNation is holding a demeanour during some of a many critical position battles, so I’ll be essay about a players in row for any spot. As we substantially figured, we’re commencement with right tackle.

In order, here are a guys we consider have a best possibility of starting during right tackle in 2018:

  • Isaiah Wilson — Many figured Wilson would be a beginner lineman to acquire a starting gig 2017 interjection to his 6-foot-7 support and 5-star rating. But, as with many immature descent linemen, Wilson came in on a high training curve, and Thomas, not as physically considerable yet a some-more finish player, finished adult being a beginner who started. With a redshirt year spent training a intrigue and attack a weight room, Wilson is a many expected man to win a right tackle gig.
  • Cade Mays — Mays is an incoming beginner too means to not eventually acquire a mark somewhere along Georgia’s descent line. But how shortly can he do that? Mays enrolled early and will conflict it out with Wilson and a rest of a linemen in open practice, so that gives him a good leg adult on other incoming freshmen. However, that’s still roughly a year reduction than Wilson has spent with program. In my opinion, Mays will need to be metaphysical talent à la Thomas — that he really good might be — to turn his successor.
  • Ben Cleveland — Cleveland, who is entering his redshirt sophomore season, is a dim equine and slightest expected of a 3 options, if usually given his predestine might be rather out of his hands. Cleveland came on clever during right ensure over a final third of a season; clever adequate to make everybody consider he might have a genuine splendid destiny during a position. As things mount right now, he’s a best ensure on a team. That could change, though. Blue-chip incoming guards Jamaree Salyer or Trey Hill could be a some-more healthy fit than Cleveland, who is built like a tackle. And Solomon Kindley could come behind clever and win behind a right ensure job. If possibly of those scenarios come to fruition, it would make clarity to change Cleveland behind to outward and let him conflict during right tackle.

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Lady Dogs accept No. 4 seed, will horde NCAA Tournament during Stegeman

The Georgia women’s basketball earned a No. 4 seed in East Region of a 2018 NCAA Tournament on Monday, that means it will horde a first- and second-round games during Stegeman Coliseum. The Lady Dogs will face No. 13 Mercer in Athens during 1:30 p.m. ET on Saturday. The leader will play a leader of No. 5 Duke vs. No. 12 Belmont on Monday during Stegeman.

Mercer, from 3 hours down a highway in Macon, will be a informed competition for Georgia. Georgia already won during Mercer (30-2) this season, 72-54 in November. That detriment to a Bulldogs and Western Kentucky a following week were a Bears’ usually blemishes of a season. Since late November, they’ve rattled off 27 true wins and claimed a Southern Conference title.

Georgia manager Joni Taylor has now warranted dual NCAA Tournament berths in her 3 years in assign of a program.

Thad Matta was on campus Monday

It’s still early a process, yet there was a good bit of news on a men’s basketball coaching hunt front on Monday. The biggest bit of info came from Marc Weiszer of a Athens Banner-Herald, who reported that former Ohio State manager Thad Matta visited Athens on Monday and was forsaken off during a airfield by jaunty executive Greg McGarity. (Photo justification below.) With a revisit to Athens, debate of comforts and presumably discussions about a intensity deal, it’s protected to contend Matta is Georgia’s tip target.

In other news, Seth Emerson of DawgNation reliable Georgia member contacted former Indiana manager Tom Crean, yet it’s different if discussions have left over gauging any party’s interest.

Stay tuned to DawgNation. There’s certain to be much, most some-more created on this hunt and a successive employing in a entrance days and weeks.

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