When it comes to importance on the 2012 Georgia football team, Seth Emerson of the Macon Telgraph believes there are few players more key to UGA’s success than left tackle Kenarious Gates. According to Bulldog offensive line coach Will Friend, Gates is the one guy who rose above the pack this spring:
“Nobody’s separated themselves – with the exception of Ken Gates. Right now if you were gonna play a game I know he would be there.”
With so many new faces on UGA’s line, Gates needs to live up his performance during spring drills. Emerson believes that if Gates “isn’t up to the job, or at least not on a consistent basis, (then) the Bulldogs are juggling the line on a constant basis.”
The Dawgs will be trying to replace tackles Cordy Glenn and Justin Anderson from last year’s line. Gates — who started nine games at left guard last season — will be the man trying to fill the void left by Glenn and trying to protect quarterback Aaron Murray’s blind side.