Georgia Bulldogs: Keys To The Season, Top Game, Top Transfer, Fun Stats
Georgia Bulldogs: Key To The 2022 Offense
Put the biscuit in the basket.
The offense will run well, Stetson Bennett will be okay with three NFL tight ends to make life easy, and the defense will once again hold firm more often than not to overcome the turnovers. However, Georgia can make life a lot easier on itself if it’s better in the red zone.
It was one of the few rough spots in the team’s season – it only scored 86% of the time when it got inside the 20, and the 61% touchdown rate in the red zone wasn’t strong enough. By comparison, Alabama scored 93% of the time in the red zone and Ohio State scored at a 92% clip. Also by unfair comparison, the Bulldog defense was No. 1 in the nation allowing teams to score just 63% of the time in the red zone.
On the plus side, this was an improvement – the 2020 Georgia offense was a disaster inside the 20. However, being 1-of-3 in scoring chances against that great Clemson defense almost proved costly, and failing to score twice in the SEC Championship loss to Alabama mattered.
Georgia Bulldogs: Key To The 2022 Defense
Tighten up on third downs.
Nitpicking time. The defense pulled off a national championship, and it was obviously amazing to do all that it did, but it would be nice if it could’ve been just a wee bit better on third downs.
Playing Alabama twice, and Michigan, and Tennessee had a whole lot to do with this – those three could play a little offense – but they combined to come close to converting half of their third down chances, including both games against Bama.
It didn’t matter much in the wins over the Wolverines and Vols, but teams like South Carolina and Kentucky were able to keep the chains moving, too.
Again, this is getting WAY too specific to worry that much about the money downs, but Oregon comes to town to start the season and there’s a trip to South Carolina a few weeks later. Own third downs on D and there won’t be a problem.
Georgia Bulldogs: Key Player To The 2022 Season
QB Stetson Bennett, Sr.
In a day and age of superstar college quarterbacks all across the board, it’s one of the most amazing stories in sports that this 5-11, 190-pound scout team-caliber player obliterated the naysayers and turned into a legend.
Stetson Fleming Bennett IV came to Georgia because it was his dream, left to go play JUCO, came back to compete among a slew of five-star talents for the starting job, didn’t win it, stepped in when injuries hit, and took the program to a national title.
If any big-name quarterback was returning after hitting 65% of his passes for 2,862 yards and 29 touchdowns with seven picks on the way to a CFP championship, he’d be on some preseason Heisman list.
However, Bennett is great for what this team needs – he can’t have any liability moments.
The three picks in the loss to Alabama two years ago were devastating, and the awful performance against Florida was a big part of the loss.
Last season his two interceptions in the SEC Championship against Bama were a killer, and while the final numbers in the national championship rematch turned out okay, they were totally misleading – he came through late, though – even with a bad fumble for a score screwing things up.
He’s the defending national championship starting quarterback now. With so many new parts, he has to make everyone around him better, and – as totally unfair as this might be – the big mistakes can’t happen.
Georgia Bulldogs: Key Transfer
DE Mykel Williams, Fr.
Georgia doesn’t really have a big-time transfer coming in, so let’s change this up to the team’s key/new addition.
The 6-5, 260-pound Williams was one of the nation’s top overall recruits with the talent, athleticism, and upside to be the next Bulldog superstar defensive lineman … eventually.
He still needs to add a little more bulk, but he’s got the burst and quickness to be a terrific part of the rotation as is. There’s a shot he becomes an instant pass rushing specialist, but soon the gig will be all his.
Georgia Key Game To The 2022 Season
Oregon, Sept. 3
The win over Clemson in the 2021 opener – as ugly as that was – set the tone for the rest of the season. The Tiger offense might not have been anything special, but the win showed just how good the Bulldog defense was going to be.
Florida is obviously the massive game in the East, Tennessee is dangerous, and there are road landmines at South Carolina, Mississippi State, and Kentucky.
Oregon, though, might just be the best team on the slate.
Come up with a dominant performance in the “neutral” site date in Atlanta, and nothing less than 11 wins in the regular season will be okay.
Georgia Bulldogs: 2021 Fun Stats
– 1st Quarter Scoring: Georgia 163 – Opponents 25
– Sacks: Georgia 49 for 374 yards – Opponents 16 for 127 yards
– Penalties: 97 for 763 yards – Opponents 77 for 648 yards