DawgNation has four staffers who cover the team from every angle: Beat, live streams, photos, podcasts, recruiting, etc. The Cover 4 aim is simple: 1) Present a topic; 2) Offer a reasoned response; 3) Share a brisk statement to support the informed opinion.
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
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
Why: I 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
Why: The 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
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
- Who is the fastest Bulldog on the 2018 team?
- Which opponent is getting overlooked right now?
- Where does UGA have the biggest edge on South Carolina?
- What is the big advantage South Carolina has this week?
- Who is the best player that Georgia will face this season?
- What will Georgia’s final record be this year?
- Which one of those talented pups will make the biggest impact on the defense?
- What is the strongest position on the team?
- Who will be the MVP of the defense?
- Who is the most indispensable player on the team this fall?
- Which player seems like the most “slept on” for 2018?
- Cover 4 on which team on the schedule can take down UGA
- The UGA Cover 4 shines its light on the most improved player for 2018
- UGA Cover 4: This storyline is not getting the focus it should
Do you have your own opinion? DawgNation would love to hear your one-sentence why in the comments field below.