The Georgia Bulldogs will be back with a vengeance this year, already sated to win the SEC East and finish in the top 10 nationally. The team does have quite a few question marks on the offensive side of things if they want to return to being among that elite scoring teams in the nation once again this season. They do have Nick Chubb returning, and he ran for 1,547 yards last year as a true freshman. That impressive number was achieved even having backed up Todd Gurley for a total of five games throughout the season. Sophomore Sony Michel and junior Keith Marshall will join him. Both of those players suffered various injuries last year, so they will look to prove themselves come September. Georgia relied a great deal on their running game last year, and with Chubb back this year, there is little to reason to think that this season will be any different.
The offensive line, one of the strongpoints last year for the Bulldogs, returns four starters. The team also has a new offensive coordinator in Brian Schottenheimer, and the quarterback position is far from being solidified. The two options are sophomore Brice Ramsey, who has the stronger arm, and junior Faton Bauta, who has far better mobility and more accuracy. There is also some concern at the wide receiver position, with senior Malcolm Michel the only strong returner, and even he is questionable as he is so prone to injury.
Georgia’s defense is much improved under defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, but there are still some holes that need to be filled. The defense will be aided by outside linebackers Leonard Floyd and Jordan Jenkins, who both chose to forgo the NFL draft early and return for one more season. These are two of the beset outside rusher in the nation, so that is a major boost to a defense that is lacking in the experience department. Sophomore Lorenzo Carter will also be back, so this becomes a trio on the defensive side of the field that is certainly a force to be reckoned with. Trent Thompson will also come in as the No.1 overall defensive recruit to provide strength to a defensive line that was already solid, but lack the superstar leadership of the teams in the upper echelons of the collegiate rankings. As the defense is the one area that has likely kept Georgia from competing for a national title, the hope is that they can show marked improvement in this area and compete this season. The potential is there for the future, but not likely this season. Still, a top 10 national finish is in the cards if the team can stay healthy and solidify the quarterback position.
Head Coach Mark Richt and his Bulldogs should be a top contender coming out of the SEC. But in the arguably the best conference in college football, the Bulldogs will have to be solid in every aspect of the game in order to come out with wins against quality SEC opponents. Some of tough games of the season for the Bulldogs include: Missouri, Florida, Auburn, and Georgia Tech. The Bulldogs look like a strong contender but they need to aspire perfection from their team in order to make it into the college football playoffs.
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