DawgNation’s “Cover 4″ concept is a timely content piece on DawgNation.com. This edition kicks off a series of posts this week where DawgNation staffers Brandon Adams, Mike Griffith, Connor Riley and Jeff Sentell hit on a bunch of key talking points regarding the back-to-back national champions as they hit the home stretch of the 2023 preseason.
The DawgNation team is back in with a salvo of Cover 4 thought bubbles set to publish this week.
These takes are designed to come out as quickly as word spread around DawgNation on Saturday that Carson Beck had been named QB1 for the season opener against UT-Martin.
This “Cover 4″ topic is:
What do you feel is the most valid concern, if any, for the Georgia football team this year?
Brandon Adams: The cornerback position
Why: “Running back would’ve also been an acceptable answer, but Kirby Smart said back in July at SEC Media Days that he wanted to see improved pass defense from UGA in its biggest games, and with that in mind, the battle to replace Kelee Ringo and play opposite Kamari Lassiter is a competition worth watching.”
Mike Griffith: Defensive front
Why: “The Bulldogs have changed games before the first snap with teams scheming away from the likes of Nolan Smith and Jalen Carter and shying away from establishing the run. If teams can effectively run and pass protect, the margin for error drastically shrinks.”
Connor Riley: The running back position
Why: “In addition to leading the team in rushing last year, Kenny McIntosh was third in receptions and receiving yards. Georgia doesn’t have a scholarship running back who excels in that area. Add in the injuries and it’s very hard to know what Georgia will get out of this position.”
Jeff Sentell: Mike Bobo validating the expectation that Georgia’s offensive attack won’t skip a beat
Why: The first thought was the health of Mykel Williams. The ‘Dawgs don’t have a “special” impact returnee on the defensive front if he’s not in there. At least by UGA standards. But then my thoughts turned to Bobo. He’s expected to be very good replacing Todd Monken. But this team is stronger offensively this year. Bobo’s calls need to keep Georgia around 40 points per game. This offense is very explosive, but expecting this team to better the 41.1 points and 501.1 yards per game UGA had last year isn’t a given.