“It’s trying to find the best tackles, we have guards who are comfortable,” Smart said. “Cade’s playing left tackle, Cade’s playing right guard, Owen Condon has gotten stronger, more physical and is playing with more confidence.
“D’marcus Hayes is playing out there. Warren McClendon got more reps today, so you’re always trying to find tackles and we’re trying to find the best lineup A, best lineup B and best lineup C. You can go all the way to Z with all the combinations and the multiples that can be created by injuries.
“We don’t want to ever not have a player as good as another guy out there, so Jamaree gives us that luxury on being able to do both.”
Georgia returns six offensive linemen with starting experience — including three former FWAA Freshman All-Americans in Andrew Thomas (2017) along with Mays (2018) and Isaiah Wilson (2018).
The Bulldogs have finished among the three finalists the past two years for the coveted Joe Moore Award, which goes to the best offensive line in college football.
The left side of the UGA line appears set with Thomas returning at left tackle and Solomon Kindley returning at left guard.
Sophomore Trey Hill appears to be counted on to hold the center job, while Ben Cleveland is the favorite to win back his job at right guard with Wilson returning at right tackle.
Mays and Salyer are certainly in the mix to challenge for starting spots with strong finishes to their springs and more great work in the summer.