There’s reason to believe, however, the Bulldogs might have gone with senior Jamaree Salyer against Clemson. The Tigers feature one of the best defensive fronts in college football and making the right calls on the line of scrimmage – the primary job of the center – is going to be a critical responsibility. That’s an area in which Ericson excels. Salyer, likewise, is very experienced at defensive-scheme recognition, at this point.
Sophomore Clay Webb (6-3, 290) and redshirt freshman Autin Blaske (6-5, 310) also work at center. For now, though, Van Pran is taking the center snaps in practice with the No. 1 offense while Salyer continues to work at both left tackle and guard. But Ericson is expected back soon.