2004 Starter: Max Jean-Gilles (26 career starts)
Jean-Gilles will, without a doubt, be the starting tight guard in 2005. His somewhat surprising decision to return to Georgia for his final season was pleasantly received by the staff as well as the Bulldog Nation.
Russ Tanner was the backup a tight guard in 2004, but Fernando Velasco (1 career start) gets the nod there this spring. Look for Bartley Miller’s (9 career starts) return to the lineup to give this position more depth. Miller might fight away the backup spot from Velasco, but that will depend on his return from a shoulder injury that prevented him from playing during 2004.
Seth Watts will continue to develop behind while spending this spring at the bottom of a very deep tight guard spot. Watts was not depended upon at all in 2004, but he needs to start getting ready for 2006 and beyond this March.