Preview 2019: Previewing and looking ahead to the Georgia season with what you need to know.
– What You Need To Know: Offense | Defense
– Top Players | Key Players, Games, Stats
– What Will Happen, Win Total Prediction
– Recruiting Class Analysis | Schedule Analysis
– Georgia Previews 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015
2018 Record: 11-3 overall, 7-1 in SEC
Head Coach: Kirby Smart, 4th year, 32-10
5. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE GEORGIA OFFENSE
– It was brutally effective last year, finishing fifth in the SEC in total offense, but second in scoring averaging 38 points per game. There might be a whole lot of turnover with five starters gone – the skill spots take the big hit – but it’ll be more of the same.
This will be one of the best offenses in pass protection, it’ll either lead the SEC in rushing again or come close, and it’ll be explosive from the start, mostly because …
– Everyone will have time to work behind one of the nation’s best offensive lines. Four starters return, and it all works around the tackles that should be NFL starters in the near future. 6-5, 320-pound junior Andrew Thomas is the best OT in college football – or he’s in the top three – and big blaster 6-7, 345-pound Isaiah Wilson is a devastating run blocker. The interior is deep and talented, too, paving the way for …
– RB D’Andre Swift should be in the Heisman hunt if he gets the ball enough to crank up the stats. 1,000-yard runner Elijah Holyfield is gone, but Brian Herrien is a capable veteran No. 2 guy, but it’s the devastatingly fast Swift who has the talent to blow past the 1,500-yard mark after run-in for 1,049 yards and ten scores.
– The receiving corps will be interesting. Riley Ridley, Mecole Hardman, and TE Isaac Nauta are all gone after finishing 1-2-3, respectively, in catches. 6-3, 200-pound Jeremiah Holloman was a potential No. 1 target after catching 24 passes and averaging over 17 yards per catch, but he was dismissed from the team after an off-the-field issue.
Charlie Woerner is a solid tight end, there are just enough talented veteran receivers in place to be okay, and the newbies should play a huge role. There’s a shot freshmen George Pickens and Dominick Blaylock become the team’s best receivers right after they get their feet wet. Helping the new group of receivers …
– Jake Fromm is now an established star. He might not be the most intimidating quarterback presence, and he’s not going to do anything on the ground, but he’s an NFL starter next year at this time. He’s a proven talent who has been through the wars, and now he has to make all the new receivers better right away … and he has to stay healthy.
Freshman D’Wan Mathis has the talent and poise to be the next star quarterback up after Fromm is done, but first he has to get healthy after a frightening surgery to have a cyst removed on his brain.