At his press conference, Georgia coach Mark Richt made the comment how easily offensive line coach Stacy Searels was putting his troops through their motions during a team walkthrough earlier in the day.
"I look out there and Coach Searels is whipping through stuff in 20 minutes that might have taken him an hour a couple years back because he has a lot of veterans there," Richt said. "So that's good."
Searels, however, wasn't buying it.
"Yeah, we really kicked butt in walkthrough today, we were awesome," Searels deadpanned during a rare post-practice interview with beat writers. "I don't know how good we looked this afternoon, but in walkthroughs we were world-beaters."
As one might gather, Searels isn't one for much hyperbole when it comes to talking about his offensive line.
Yes, Georgia returns all five starters from a season ago in a position that's supposed to be one of the team's strengths.
However, in Searels' world, past performances don't mean a lot.
"I don't care if they are freshmen or fifth-year seniors; we expect them to play well. We wouldn't put them on the field if we didn't think they were ready to play," he said. "I expect a lot out of them. I expect them to play hard, play fast and play physical. We were running around in shorts, so it was hard to tell, but I am pleased with the way they practiced."
That includes Trinton Sturdivant, who continues to come back from his two torn ACLs.
Although he wore a green non-contact jersey, Searels said that Sturdivant did go through some drills with the first team.
"He rotated in with the first group," Searels said. "He's working as hard as he can to play in that first game and play well."
Senior Clint Boling continues to be the Bulldogs' most consistent lineman.
"Clint's always been consistent. I remember when he started as a freshman at Alabama in 2007, he did good job," Searels said. "He's always played at a high level. He's stepped up his game and added some weight. He's certainly a guy who can play any position and play it well."
But Boling isn't the only lineman Searels expects consistency from.
The same can be set for vets Cordy Glenn, Ben Jones, Josh Davis and Chris Davis.
"They're a veteran group and they now what we expect of them so they should know what to do," Searels said. "They've got a lot of reps so it does make it easier to coach those guys, but we've still got to see what happens when the lights are on and the pads are on."
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