UGA football is losing four offensive linemen from the 2019 team. The only returning full-time starter is center Trey Hill.
Losing four major players on the offensive line never leads to an easy transition into the next season. Fortunately for UGA football, the only position it doesn’t have to worry about refilling is the most important one; center. Trey Hill, a junior from Houston County, has that job locked up.
Hill earned Second-Ream All-SEC honors from the Associated Press last season and the team awarded him with its Offensive Most Improved Player award. Hill is just living up to the lofty expectations set for him in high school. 247Sports Composite ranked him No. 62 overall and the No. 3 guard in the 2018 class.
[Note: Focus on Trey Hill #55 in Georgia’s offensive film from the Notre Dame game]
Having the only returning starter be at center is a huge deal. It’s an even bigger deal when that center is Trey Hill whom Pro Football Focus said only allowed two quarterback pressures in 433 passing plays last season.
The one knock against Hill is that he struggles at times as a snapper in shotgun formations. He’s not a constant issue, but he has a tendency to direct snaps away from where quarterbacks want it. Occasionally, those issues messed with the timing of the offense, and on rare occasions, they led to fumbles.
But Hill’s issues as a snapper aren’t going to lead to a loss in playing time. He’s likely the best guard on the team and would likely bump Justin Shaffer down the depth chart if Georgia needs to play someone else at center. That transition wouldn’t be devastating for Hill. He could just as easily become one of the better guards in the nation if he focused on that position.