Experience a mark of Georgia offensive line

Georgia Bulldogs offensive linemen Cade Mays (77) and  Isaiah Wilson (79).  BOB ANDRES / BANDRES@AJC.COM
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Georgia Bulldogs offensive linemen Cade Mays (77) and Isaiah Wilson (79). BOB ANDRES / BANDRES@AJC.COM

Credit: Bob Andres

Credit: Bob Andres

In the 2018 season, Georgia rushed for more than 6,000 yards and 30 touchdowns, thanks in large part to a solid offensive front. In 2009, four-fifths of that offensive line – Andrew Thomas, Isaiah Wilson, Solomon Kindley and Cade Mays – are back, as is seasoned guard Ben Cleveland.

The missing piece of the puzzle is at center, where Lamont Gaillard started for the past three seasons but has now moved on. Sophomore Trey Hill, who played in all 14 games last season, started at guard in four games and filled in at Kentucky after Gaillard went out early with an injury, appears to be the front-runner.

“Trey Hill played better against Kentucky,” coach Kirby Smart said Tuesday. “I mean, that’s the first thing that comes to mind is here’s a guy who played in a go-win-the-SEC-East type game, against a really tough defense, and he was thrown and thrust right into the limelight.”

Smart added that sophomore Jamaree Salyer and early-enrollee Clay Webb will get their shot at center, although Hill’s previous experience should be of benefit.

“Having a lot of older guys around him will help him adjust, but he’s starting to get a lot more confidence,” Thomas said of Hill. “He played in some games last year, and as long as he continues to build confidence, he’ll be a good player.”