We continue our list of ten Georgia Bulldogs set to make an impact in 2020 with an offensive line contributor poised to step up in a large way.
A lasting legacy, at least in the short term, from Sam Pittman’s time in Athens is the stock of offensive linemen that he reigned into the fold in Athens.
While the unit is now taken over by Matt Luke, the new offensive line coach coach now molds this group, as well as other recent arrivals, into his own way.
With four starters gone, there’s now a group of role-player types primed to step up and control the game in the trenches.
Jamaree Salyer is among them.
Salyer came to Athens highly-touted. His high school coach, Chris Slade, coached both he and another Pace Academy product, Andrew Thomas, a departure from last year’s starting unit.
In the 2018 signing class, Salyer was ranked the nation’s top offensive guard.
But on Georgia’s offensive line, there’s rarely such of thing as a set position, and cross-training is the norm. Due to that, Salyer is now primed to hold down one of the outside tackle spots, likely on the left side. Before this year, he was more or less a utility player, or technical terms, a swing player.
Salyer, who has slimmed down from about 342 to 315 pounds since arriving on campus, playing on the outside would hardly be anything new. In the Sugar Bowl, Salyer filled at right tackle for Isiah Wilson, who had declared for the NFL Draft. He also made a good account for himself in that role, shutting down Baylor defensive end James Lynch, an All-Big 12 selection.
Salyer’s been a role player so far, but of the ones in that group on the offensive line, he may be among the most primed to step up on a unit whose wealth of experience is mostly contained to center Trey Hill.