WHAT WE LEARNED: The Bulldogs seem set at both tackle points
It certainly seems to be the case.
Warren McClendon is a lock to start at right tackle. Go ahead and write that one.
The Brunswick native has truly become one of the best in his position in the SEC. He’s perhaps the most technically sound of all Georgia offensive linemen, and he’s become one of the best leaders on the team to boot.
McClendon started all 15 games as national champion last year, taking part in 86% of all offensive snaps for the team.
broderick jones seems to be fixed at left tackle.
Kirby Smart’s opinion of Jones was never clearer than in the National Championship game, when he inserted Jones into left tackle, allowing Jamaree Sayer to slide to right guard.
Jones started the final four games of the regular season at the Bulldogs’ position, playing every slam against Missouri and Tennessee.
LOOKING AHEAD: Will the first team offensive line we saw at G-Day open the year against Oregon?
Short answer, no. It will have a different look.
The place most likely to see a new face is the one on the left. Xavier Truss transplanted with the first unit in position for most of the spring.
However, come to fall camp, don’t be surprised if Tate Ratledge is back with a starting job.
Ratledge, you will recall, suffered a Lisfranc injury in the first quarter of the season opener against Clemson and did not play the rest of the year.
Despite missing spring while still nursing his injury, Ratledge is on track to be ready for fall camp. Assuming he is and returns to where he was last year, it won’t be at all surprising to see him back in the starting lineup.
Good guard is a bit of a question, but coaches love what they’ve seen from Devin Willock. He will be extremely difficult to beat.
We have more on Willock below.
SPRING’S BIGGEST CONCERN: Should Smart care about depth?
To be honest, it’s more of a question than a concern. The belief here is that Bulldogs are more than good.
There’s no shortage of big, talented bodies to work with with new coach Stacy Searels.
Amarius Mims’ The decision to pull out of the transfer portal and return to Georgia certainly lends credence to that.
Mims’ decision to return was a pleasant surprise, and sources say former teammate Travon Walker played a big part in convincing the former five-star to stay. Mims should be McClendon’s best replacement at right tackle.
Elsewhere, Smart has done a great job of ensuring he will never have a shortage of offensive linemen.
Inside, Micah Morris, austin blaske, Serious Greene, Warren EricsonRatledge, Chad Lindberg, Dylan Fairchildand Jacob Hood are some of the main names will be faces to watch.
BIGGEST SURPRISE: Is Devin Willock the ‘next big thing’ at right guard?
At 6-foot-7 and 335 pounds, Willock is a road leveler, who has really started to blossom and looks set to open the season as a starter at right guard.
Warren Ericson is actually a returning starter, but the veteran was replaced by Salyer in the national championship.
Injuries limited Ericson’s attendance at spring training, and Willock apparently took advantage of the opportunity.
Smart likes size at guard duty, and while Ericson isn’t a short man at all, Willock is gigantic.