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Which Bulldog do fans expect too much out of right now?

Cover 4 on UGA football: Fans expect too much right now out of ….

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The Georgia Bulldogs moved up this week to the perch of the No. 2 college football team in the land. To many inside the program, the expectations that come with that are akin to rat poison.

The Bulldogs likely abide by simple mantras that are repeated often by head coach Kirby Smart: Expect to win every game. Play with physicality and composure for 60 minutes of football. 

Those are boilerplate statements that translate to playing disciplined football that imposes one’s will on the opponent on every snap.

But what about the fans? Those expectations range from 85-percent completion percentages to tight ends catching multiple touchdowns to 5-sack games from the D and 30-point road wins in the SEC.

How much is too much? The Cover 4 crew sees four aspects of the team where fans probably expect a little too much right now.

These will come at you even faster than Hardman can post to his social media accounts. And maybe even faster than he’s scored six touchdowns across his last four games for Georgia.


Which team member do fans expect too much out of right now?

Brandon Adams: Sophomore ILB Nate McBride


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Nate McBride is one of the most talked about members of the 2017 recruiting class. The fanbase is eager to see what he can really do. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

Why: In the offseason, he was often mentioned as a potential replacement for Roquan Smith. This is easy to understand given McBride’s speed, but that’s too much to expect in his second year in the program.

Chip Towers: Sophomore transfer WR Demetris Robertson

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Chip Towers knows that Demetris Robertson is fast, but feels that his time at UGA is still a little ways away to put up those Pac-12 numbers in the SEC. (Curtis Compton/AJC)

WhyI think he’ll be good, but it’s not a given he can do in the SEC what he did in the PAC-12.

Mike Griffith: Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney

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Georgia OC Jim Chaney holds his yearly press day session back in August. Mike Griffith says that fans likely expect a little too much from his play calls at times. They are sometimes not entirely of his own design. (David Barnes/AJC)

WhyThe offensive coordinator is low-hanging fruit for Monday Morning QBs. The head coach has a big say in Chaney’s playbook and gameplans.

Jeff Sentell: Freshmen ILBs Channing Tindall and Quay Walker

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Channing Tindall (above) and Quay Walker have played in every game as true freshmen so far but now is not their time at ILB. Not yet. Check back in mid-November. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

Why: Remember Roquan? He did not even play much his first year. Yet observers see consistently hard coaching and attention paid to what these guys do in practice. There is veteran depth ahead of them, but both have a dominant future. The light could come on for Tindall in November. 

The Cover 4 so far

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