ATHENS — It’s hard to suggest the Georgia football run game could take a step forward after the school’s No. 2 and No. 3 all-time rushers moved on.
But that’s exactly what former Bulldogs’ quarterback Aaron Murray did on the CBS Sports Network on Sunday.
Murray is high on D’Andre Swift and James Cook, and he made the case that because Georgia gas a better supporting cast, it could run the ball more effectively.
“Between [Swift], Cook, the other stable of running backs, [Elijah] Holyfield, and then that offensive line that averages, I don’t know, 6-5, 330 pounds,” Murray said, “those guys along with some great receivers and a veteran quarterback returning, this running game may be better this year just because they have a full package around them.”
The Bulldogs ranked No. 9 in the nation last season with 258.4 yards per game and 5.79 yards per attempt.
Swift, as Murray alluded, showed great skills in averaging 7.6 yards on his attempts playing third fiddle to Nick Chubb and Sony Michel.
Chubb finished his career with 4,769 yards, averaging 6.3 per carry, with 48 TD. Michel had 3,613 yards, 6.1 per carry and 39 TD.
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“We saw (Swift) last year, [and] this kid, he’s something special,” Murray said. “He’s elusive, he has the speed, he has the size, the ability catch the ball out of the backfield that’s smooth. He looks like a receiver out there. And then you beats you out to the outside just like he did to Auburn in the SEC Championship Game.”
All good points, but quarterback Jake Fromm is a sophomore with experience this season, and he has shown an even better command of the offense.
Georgia might feel comfortable putting the ball in the air more often, even if that means dumping off the ball to Swift, Cook, Holyfield or Brian Herrien coming out of the backfield.
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