Georgia’s left guard Solomon Kindley is one of most approachable guys on the team. When he gets called up for interviews, he sports his signature smile and often shares a laugh or two with the reporters.
However, when he walks onto the field, Kindley embodies an entirely different persona. There, he is an intimidating 6-4 335-pound wall that protects his quarterback at all costs daring any defender to try and pass him.
“When it is time to go on the field I change my mindset. It is time to go. I got my teammates and my family counting on me,” said Kindley. “My way to deal with that is by smiling, talking, playing, laughing, running around with my friends. When I get on the field, it is a whole different ball game. I get serious and get my job done.”
He said that he “flips the switch” not because of personal feelings but to focus. The game is strictly business for him.
“I don’t take anything personally. I just get my job done. I have an offensive line and the entire team behind me that are counting on me. I just really go out there and keep my head on and play for my teammates,” said Kindley.
Last season he played in all 15 games and had seven career starts. Now, he has started all nine games this season and seems to have solidified his spot on Georgia’s offensive line. Kindley even appears to be emerging as one of the vocal leaders on this team.
Kindley and his fellow linemen’s next challenge is longtime rival Auburn. Georgia leads Auburn in the series 58-56-8 splitting last year’s two games. The two teams face off on Saturday for the 122nd meeting of the South’s Oldest Rivalry in Sanford Stadium at 7:00 p.m.