ATHENS — Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm doesn’t expect Georgia’s offense to change much under the direction of first-year offensive coordinator James Coley.
But the 2019 Heisman Trophy candidate indicated it will likely expand.
When one considers UGA’s returning personnel, it’s not hard to understand why and how.
The Bulldogs ranked 18th in the nation in total offense last season and return a veteran offensive line, a 1,000-yard back and a third-year starter in Fromm.
“There’s just going to be more added to it,” Fromm, who ranked fifth in the nation in passing efficiency last season, told WSB-2. “We’re super excited in what we have going on.”
Receiver Tyler Simmons, who played part of last season limited by a shoulder brace, told WSB-2 he’s expecting a different feeling in the huddles.
“A little bit more energetic,” Simmons said. “Coley brings a lot of energy to the offense, we we’re all excited.”
Simmons suggested the Georgia pass attack won’t drop off despite the Bulldogs losing four of their top five receivers last season in Riley Ridley, Mecole Hardman, Isaac Nauta and Terry Godwin.
“We may have the ball in the air a little more,” Simmons said. “A little bit more passing, a little bit more balance offensively.”
That may be true, but it won’t come at the expense of a dominant run game, if Coach Kirby Smart stays true to form.
“We’ve got a set of plays, our core belief that we always have which is balance, being powerful, being able to run the ball at our will, not somebody else breaking our will,” Smart said last fall. “That’s always going to be the identity we have.”
Further, Smart’s philosophy on building an offense is that the talent will dictate the play calls.
“The building of the package is really based on what we have,” Smart said last fall. “What are our strengths? Are we stronger at receiver than running back or are our backs going to be as good and explosive as they were last year?”
Georgia is expected to start spring football practice on March 18, with the G-Day spring football game scheduled for April 20.