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UGA quarterback Jacob Eason and offensive coordinator Jim Chaney

Podcast: UGA’s ‘scariest stat’ might not actually be so scary

Brandon Adams

Georgia football is the No. 1 topic today and every day on DawgNation Daily — the daily podcast for Georgia Bulldogs fans. Catch up on everything happening with UGA athletics with host Brandon Adams and the cast of DawgNation experts as they discuss UGA coach Kirby Smart’s quest to return the Bulldogs to the top of the SEC, and break down the latest Georgia football recruiting news. On episode No. 424 (April 13, 2017) of the podcast, Georgia Bulldogs fans can hear:

Beginning of the show: ESPN writers recently described the scariest stat for each of its “way too early” Top 25 teams. However, there is reason to believe the number given for Georgia might not end up being as big a concern this season as some experts might think.

10 minute mark: UGA coach Kirby Smart made an appearance on The Front Row on Atlanta sports radio station 680 The Fan and in the interview he challenged fans to attend G-Day and let it slip that South Carolina coach — and Smart’s good friend — Will Muschamp says he thinks there will be fewer than 40,000 in attendance for the spring game. I’ll share the audio and discuss what it means.

15 minute mark: DawgNation’s Seth Emerson joins the show. Some of the topics we discuss include…

  • What the expectations for G-Day attendance should be
  • The potential role that UGA running back Sony Michel could play this season — including lining up in the “slot” position
  • Whether the defensive struggles for UGA this spring can be solely explained by the absence of defensive lineman Trent Thompson and linebacker Roquan Smith
  • What to expect from wide receiver Terry Godwin this season
  • The recent compliments from Smart when talking about Georgia quarterback Jacob Eason
  • The potential for a breakout season from sophomore tight end Isaac Nauta
  • And Seth addresses his article from last week about possible a “malaise” with UGA athletics

30 minute mark: I take a look at some of the other headlines from around the SEC including the possibility that the best tandem of running backs in the SEC might reside at Arkansas, a familiar face returning to Auburn, and the fact that UGA isn’t the only SEC program dealing with some “scary stats” this season.

End of show: No program wants to be forced to go to its backup, but if that’s the case for Georgia this season the Bulldogs could be in a better position with Jake Fromm than some of their league rivals would be under the same circumstances.

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