April 24, 2006

Callaway rebuilds UGA offensive line

As Georgia's offensive coordinator, one of Neil Callaway's tasks during the offseason is working with head coach Mark Richt and quarterbacks coach Mike Bobo in narrowing down the four-way quarterback race. But when Callaway puts on his offensive line coach hat, he's got another puzzle to solve, that of trying to figure out the starters on the Dawgs offensive line in time for the start of the season.

Only two starters, Nick Jones (6-3, 295) and Daniel Inman (6-7, 319), return for an offensive line that Callaway seems overall pleased with coming off spring practice while also seeing room to get better.

"We did make some improvement, but we're not where we need to be," Callaway said.

Jones, who's moved from guard to center, had the best spring of all the offensive linemen, according to Callaway. As compelling as Jones' move to center is, the improvement of another center in the offseason is almost, if not more important.

True freshman Kevin Perez (6-3, 260), who enrolled in classes at UGA in January with the expectation of playing guard, is the No. 2 center with the combination of Ian Smith's neck injury that kept him out of spring practice and Smith (6-3, 295) being suspended for the first two games of 2006.

"He's struggling," Callaway said. "He's not only adjusting to center, but also to college football. He'll be a fine player for us at some time."

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