DawgNation Nickel coverage: What’s the most alarming Georgia football trend coming out of spring ball?
DawgNation now has five staffers who cover the Georgia football team from every angle: Beat, live streams, photos, podcasts, recruiting, etc. The “Nickel coverage” aim is simple: 1) Present a topic; 2) Offer a reasoned response; 3) Share a brisk statement to support the informed opinion.
DawgNation has amplified the “Cover 4” concept which was in regular rotation in 2018. We now have five staffers who cover the UGA athletics program on a full-time basis and that means the focus shifts from a “Cover 4” to a nickel look with five guys now manning the secondary here.
The name has changed but the quick in-and-out game here still remains with this feature.
The third “DawgNation nickel coverage” question of 2019: Which spring practice storyline has been the most alarming so far?
These takes are designed to come out quicker than former Bulldog Mecole Hardman Jr. ran the 40 this year at the NFL combine.
There will be a clear theme with this.
Brandon Adams: The defensive line
The why from Adams: “UGA wasn’t great vs. the run last season (53rd in S&P+ rush defense), and Smart has already described the defensive line as “thin” this spring.“
Chip Towers: Lack of depth on the defensive line
The take from Towers: “Between injuries, a general lack of premium talent and the fact that any help arriving later will be freshmen tells me Georgia’s defensive front is not going to be ready for primetime in 2019.“
Mike Griffith: Missing men on the defensive line
The why from On the Beat: “Championships are won at the line of scrimmage. Georgia needs to get healthy and get better on the defensive front.”
Connor Riley: Lack of available bodies on the defensive line