'Dogs Take Another O-Line Hit!

   Our O-Line situation just got worse. Brent Benedict, one of the top back-ups, has decided to turn the page on his career at Georgia and move on. Ouch. That hurts. He was supposed to be a starter the next 3 years. So, there is an immediate hit (top back-up gone) and a long-term hit (recruited to be a 2-3 year starter).
   Benedict was still on the comeback trail from a bad knee injury. Had Matt Stinchcomb tell me that he and his brother Jon saw Benedict perform at a junior camp once...they were blown away. Thought he'd be a star. Then, the knee injury. And now, this.
   One report says that Brent had been working out with strength guru Ryan Golden really busting his butt to get stronger. That report also stated that Benedict was bothered by all the squats he was asked to do at Georgia with Coach T. And he didn't believe that was in his best interests. Richt probably told the kid, "Can't believe you're the guy who didn't buy in." Others might be thinking the young man quit on Georgia. But who knows. The kid is now gone.
   That leaves Coach Friend with Austin Long and Kolton Houston as the 2 back-ups. And Long hasn't been able to get on the field yet because of injuries. The 'Dogs are thin on the O-Line! It really is our biggest concern coming into the season.
   Coach Searels got out of there just in time. Long and Benedict were top-rated coming out of high school. But how did Searels miss on Ja'Wuan James? Searels missed on his evaluation on a lot of guys. And now, we're in a bad place.
   Sounds like Watts Danzler is the best hope among the freshman OTs right now. He's in good shape and 330 pounds. Xzavier Ward, who my brother described as the best OL he's seen in 5 years, had knee suregery in February, so he won't be ready. DeBell is light and needs to get stronger.
   Just hope and pray the 'Dogs are able to avoid significant injuries on the O-Line. And one more thing, how do you get the OL physical during the preseason, when you can't afford to get anybody hurt?

 

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