Georgia offensive line coach Will Friend has wanted to develop a rotation of offensive linemen who can play in a pinch. He is closer to that goal than he has been.
Depth on the offensive line was a major issue for the Georgia Bulldogs in recent seasons, but with every player back for 2013, it's now a position of great strength.
The notable "But what about ...?" part of spring practice and fall camp was Georgia's O-line, but three games into the season the unit is developing strong relationships, communication and a key willingness to rely on one another.
New Georgia Bulldogs center David Andrews figures to anchor the offensive line capably, while newcomers at other positions show varying promising signs.
Going up against Georgia's brick-wall veteran defense is daunting, but this spring it made the young and suspect offense better, and certainly more prepared for the 2012 season.
In this week's team mailbag, DawgNation answers questions about the offensive line and the diamonds in the rough, as well as UGA's drug policy.
Georgia's stingy defensive line of 2011 shows no signs of slowing in 2012, as leaders John Jenkins and Kwame Geathers guide the group into being one of the best in the nation.
Injuries and attrition on the O-line could soon leave the Bulldogs in dire straits, so in 2013 Georgia will look to finally build the type of depth needed to dominate the line of scrimmage.
Mark Richt knows the offensive line will be a question heading into spring after losing three starters, but he has high hopes for the returning group and the signing class.
Incoming O-lineman Mark Beard and other newbies have the bulk and the ability to step in immediately and make an impact, and that's what Georgia is counting on.
While Georgia might return up to 19 starters from this season's 10-4 squad, there are some unanswered questions on the offensive line that need addressing.
Mark Richt appreciates new O-line coach Will Friend's ability to focus on far more than just the run and credits him for helping UGA rank second in the SEC in total offense.
Cam Newton plagued the Dawgs a year ago, but his departure, and that of 80 percent of his offensive line, has left the Tigers rather toothless.
The Georgia offensive line is dangerously thin in experienced starters, but so far the unit has held up reasonably well and is even showing signs of improvement.
Aaron Murray is making plenty of good throws, but his bad ones have proved costly for the Georgia Bulldogs.