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Broderick Jones, Kelee Ringo among the players with the most to gain at each position
Quarterback: Carson Beck
JT Daniels is entrenched as the starter for Georgia. Stetson Bennett is what he is at this point. Brock Vandagriff’s status is unknown due in part to a knee injury he suffered during his senior season in high school.
This spring represents a big opportunity for Beck. His first spring practice was wiped away due to the pandemic. He spent much of the 2020 season in the background of Georgia’s chaotic quarterback battle. He only took competitive snaps against Missouri and didn’t throw a pass.
Beck likely won’t beat out Daniels this spring. But that doesn’t mean the redshirt freshman has nothing to prove or play for this spring. Quite the opposite. Beck and Vandagriff figure to play big roles in Georgia’s next quarterback battle, likely taking place prior to the 2022 season.
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Georgia brings back all five running backs from the 2020 team. It also adds 4-star running back Lovasea Carroll. Carries and touches figure to come at a premium this spring.
Milton might be the most gifted runner of the group. He showed real potential early on as a freshman prior to being sidelined due to a knee injury. He rushed for 251 yards on 47 carries as a freshman.
If Milton is going to get on the field more in 2021, he can really help by improving his game when he isn’t being handed. Areas like pass-blocking and catching the ball out of the backfield. The things that running backs who can play every-down thrive at.
Georgia likely won’t have a Najee Harris-type running back on its roster. The running back room is too deep for that. But if Milton continues to improve, especially in areas outside of running the ball, he has the possibility to earn a bigger role in the Georgia offense this fall. And maybe a year from now we see Milton as that Harris-type running back.
Wide receiver: Arian Smith
This position has quickly gone from a weakness to a strength. The development of Kearis Jackson and the 2019 and 2020 signing classes have gone a long way in helping the position.
You could pick a number of options here as far as which receiver. Maybe you want to see the George Pickens-Daniels connection continue to improve. Or Jermaine Burton takes that next step. The health of Dominick Blaylock and Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint will be worth monitoring as well.
For us, we’re going with Smith. We’ve written before about how the Bulldogs don’t have another receiver like him and how his speed can be a game-changer. He spent most of the 2020 season battling injury before getting healthy over the final three games.
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This spring will allow Smith to be further integrated into Todd Monken’s offense. Smith might not be the most targeted receiver in the Georgia offense, but his presence could open things up for not just other wide receivers but the entire offense.
Tight end: Brock Bowers
Darnell Washington could also work here. We saw that he was really only just scratching the surface at the end of his freshman season.