INDIANAPOLIS — Kirby Smart indicated shortly after National Signing Day three weeks ago that the offensive line depth was a concern for him moving forward. A former Georgia offensive lineman agreed that the Bulldogs’ depth on the line was something the team battled over the past few seasons.
“In the SEC and in college football, you can’t have enough offensive linemen,” John Theus told SEC Country at the NFL Scouting Combine. “That’s a big part of college football. The more competition you breed, the better players you’ll breed. It has been something we have struggled with. Thank God for the past couple of years that we have stayed healthy, but in the SEC, you cannot have enough depth.”
Theus mentioned two guys in particular that he expects to be the anchors of this year’s offensive line — redshirt senior Greg Pyke and senior Brandon Kublanow. When it comes to the team’s offense, he thinks those two will look after freshman quarterback Jacob Eason if he were to start.
“I hope the best for him,” Theus said of Eason. “I’ve never seen him play. Obviously, everyone has him crowned as the next best thing. It’s really not fair to have all of that pressure on him. I just hope that fans realize that as a freshman quarterback, you’re going to make your mistakes. It comes with the game. They just need to be patient with him. He has a great future ahead of him.”
Theus is rated as the No. 24 offensive tackle in this year’s draft class, per WalterFootball.com.