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Cover 4 on UGA football: Who will be the most improved player in 2018?

Let’s get started with a new Georgia football feature on DawgNation called the Cover 4. There are four staffers for DawgNation who cover the team from many angles: Beat, hybrid roles, live streams, photos, podcasts, recruiting, etc. The Cover 4 aim is simple: 1) Present a topic; 2) Offer a reasoned response; 3) Share one sentence why to support the informed opinion. 


The kickoff topic seems like a measure that any football team can get behind. That’s getting better. A Hall of Fame high school football coach in Alabama builds his teams day-by-day by one simple assessment as he walks off the practice field.

Did we get better today? He looked for only one percent improvement across his roster. That’s a good goal for August practices at every level of football right now.

With that, let’s line up our four guys to cover a topic along those lines. Get ready. We’re coming at you with four takes faster than Georgia junior Mecole Hardman Jr. posts on his social media accounts.

Who is the most improved player for 2018?

Brandon Adams feels that Richard LeCounte III will be the team’s most improved player for 2018. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

Brandon Adams: Sophomore S Richard LeCounte III

The 1-sentence why: Kirby wouldn’t be talking about him as much as he does unless he truly believed in his potential.

Chip Towers feels that Walter Grant will be Georgia’s most improved player for 2018. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

Chip Towers: Sophomore OLB Walter Grant

The 1-sentence why: Sophomore outside linebacker has an upside similar to Leonard Floyd and could provide some answers at inside linebacker and Star.

Mike Griffith feels that Riley Ridley will be Georgia’s most improved player for 2018. (Curtis Compton/AJC)

Mike Griffith: Junior WR Riley Ridley

The 1-sentence why: Ridley had 8 catches in the 2017 calendar year — he already has 6 in 2018 (January title game). He will get a lot more this season.

Julian Rochester is a candidate to be Georgia’s most improved football player for 2018. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

Jeff Sentell: Junior NG Julian Rochester

Why:  This comes about likely by necessity as the 2018 defense better have an improved Rochester in the trenches.


Do you have an opinion? Share your one-sentence why in the comments field below.