Bulldogs offensive line coach Stacy Searels does not speak to the media and has forbid any offensive lineman other than Davis from speaking to the media. So, for a real insider’s view, Davis is the only option.
“We still have a long way to go, let me start with that,” Davis said Monday, two days after Georgia held its first scrimmage of spring practice.
“The coaches keep harping on effort, and it’s evident on film that we’re not finishing blocks the way we should be,” Davis said. “We have a long way to go to be where we want to be. We just have to take advantage of the days we have left.”
That would be six days of spring practice, culminating with the April 5 G-Day game.
Four of Georgia’s projected starters on the offensive line – Davis at center, Trinton Sturdivant and Kiante Tripp at tackle and Clint Boling at guard – are sophomores. The only upperclassman is junior Vince Vance, a transfer who has only been in the program one year.
The group is beginning to come together, Davis said, but it’s too early to tell if those projected starters will be the actual starters. Redshirt freshman Justin Anderson is making a push at guard, Davis indicated.
“Bean is doing a great job right now,” Davis said. “He’s dedicating himself, and that’s something that’s been Bean’s downfall has been his dedication. He’s doing a great job right now. I’m proud of Bean, the way he is working, the way he’s trying to get better.”
If Anderson can get himself pointed in the right direction, he’ll be tough to stop, Davis said.
“Bean is a big man, he’s big, strong and moves his feet very well,” Davis said. “He has to get that mentality that he knows he’s a beast, and I think he’ll be great.”
Tripp, a converted defensive tackle, also is starting to make strides, Davis said. Tripp, who is playing right tackle, is being backed up by two walk-ons, a sign the coaches are counting on him to stay in that starting role.
“Kiante is a great athlete,” Davis said. “He moves his feet well. He’s playing with a lot of heart right now. He just has to get into that offensive line mentality, and I think he’ll be pretty good.”
The pieces are there, Davis said, but some shuffling may still be in order.
“We are beginning to get our assignments down pretty well,” he said. “We need to pick our effort up a little bit.”