ATHENS — The college football offseason speculation is underway, even before the first spiral of spring camps.
The SEC consistently draws the most speculation, many focusing on how teams finished and key players moving on, some rushing to interesting conclusions.
Kirby Smart and the Georgia football program has been as active as anyone, and those paying close attention have taken note.
Indeed, UGA fans looking for a bullish offseason take on the Bulldogs need look no further than Pro Football Focus, a website that produces thorough player grades and advanced team metrics each week.
Georgia is No. 3 in PFF’s “Way-too-early” 2020 top 25 rankings on the strength of it’s very high opinion of Bulldogs’ new graduate transfer quarterback Jamie Newman, receiver George Pickens and cornerback Eric Stokes.
Former Georgia coach and ACC analyst Mark Richt told DawgNation Newman can adapt to any system.
“As of now, the SEC is running through the Georgia Bulldogs,” PFF proclaimed in its recent article.
PFF said Newman is the “biggest graduate transfer” of the offseason, and championed his “tight-window accuracy” and “effective deep-passing grade.”
Jake Fromm v Jamie Newman pic.twitter.com/Y27FRAJ5iA
— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) January 16, 2020
PFF didn’t mention it, but the Bulldogs also bring back 9 of 11 players who started in the Sugar Bowl off a defense that led the nation in rushing defense and scoring defense, and ranked No. 3 in total defense and No. 8 in pass efficiency defense.
Ohio State is the preseason No. 1 for PFF at this early stage, with Clemson No. 2.
After Georgia, the website’s Top 10 rounds out with: No. 4 Oregon, No. 5 Alabama, No. 6 LSU, No. 7 Oklahoma, No. 8 Washington, No. 9 Notre Dame and No. 10 Wisconsin.
Other SEC teams in the PFF “Way-too-early” Top 25 were Florida (No. 19) and Auburn (No. 20).
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