ESPN calls out Georgia’s biggest concern for 2019 season
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ESPN says offensive departures a big concern for Georgia football going into 2019
Georgia football figures to be one of the best teams in the country in 2019. A number of way-too-early Top 25 polls have the Bulldogs ranked as the No. 3 team in the country, behind Alabama and Clemson.
Despite the high expectations, there are still some concerns for the Bulldogs heading into next season. And ESPN’s Alex Scarbrough wrote that Georgia’s biggest concern is what it has to replace on offense after four juniors left early for the 2019 NFL Draft.
“Having quarterback Jake Fromm back for another season is great, but what about the cast of characters surrounding him,”Scarbrough wrote. “Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney left for Tennessee, and two of his top wideouts, Riley Ridley and Mecole Hardman, have declared for the NFL draft. So did tight end Isaac Nauta and running back Elijah Holyfield. The only good news is that other than center Lamont Gaillard, everyone on the line should be back.”
Georgia will lose four of its top five pass catchers from a season-ago when you add in that Terry Godwin also graduated.
It’s also worth mentioning that in addition to four starting offensive linemen returning, including star left tackle Andrew Thomas, Georgia also brings back its leading rusher in junior D’Andre Swift.
The Bulldogs also have a number of talented yet unproven skill players waiting in the wings. Wide receivers such as Jeremiah Holloman and Demetris Robertson will look to take on bigger roles, while freshman Dominick Blaylock will also push for early playing time. And Georgia is still loaded at running back with Swift, Brian Herrien, Zamir White and James Cook.
Georgia’s offense will be under new leadership in 2019, as James Coley was named as Chaney’s replacement. Coley, who served as Miami’s offensive coordinator and play-caller from 2013-15, has been with the Georgia staff since 2016. Fromm did take a step forward this year with Coley working as his quarterbacks coach. As a sophomore Fromm threw for 30 touchdowns to just 6 interceptions.
Georgia has ranked in the top 20 in scoring offense in each of the last two seasons, as the Bulldogs averaged 35.4 points per game in 2017 and 37.9 in 2018. Georgia begins the 2019 season on Aug. 31, when it visits Vanderbilt.
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