November 6, 2021 Athens - Georgia's wide receiver Kearis Jackson (10) eludes a tackle by Missouri's defensive back Kris Abrams-Draine (14) in the second half during a NCAA football game at Sanford Stadium in Athens on Saturday, November 6, 2021. Georgia won 43-6 over Missouri. (Hyosub Shin / Hyosub.Shin@ajc.com)

Kearis Jackson claps back at Georgia passing offense critics: ‘We are just as explosive as any other team out there’

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Kearis Jackson claps back at Georgia passing offense critics

Kearis Jackson knows what people are saying about the Georgia offense. That it’s too much man ball and with Stetson Bennett running things, the offense lacks the ability to stretch the field and score with the best teams in the sport.

“I know that many people do not look at this receiver corps as an explosive group, but at the same time, you can check the stats, check the numbers,” Jackson said. “We are just as explosive as any other team out there. We just love and enjoy playing football.”

To Jackson’s point, Georgia averages 38.4 points per game, good for second in the SEC. It’s actually just ahead of a Tennessee offense that has been pretty consistently praised this week.

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Going even deeper into the numbers, Georgia actually has displayed a vertical passing attack. The Bulldogs have 36 passing plays of 20-yards or more. Once again, that is more than that of Tennessee. And Bennett ranks second in the country in terms of yards per attempt at 11.8.

“Most people want to see us throwing the ball a lot. It’s all about winning football games,” Jackson said. “The thing about the wide receiver room, we’re so unselfish. It can be a game where we don’t even throw the ball. That’s our main focus, creating explosives not just for us but the running backs as well.”

To Jackson’s point, Georgia is 9-0 on the season and the No. 1 team in the country. The Bulldogs have also won their last eight games all by at least 17 points, meaning they’re getting less opportunities to throw the ball in the second half of these games.

If injuries hadn’t gotten in the way, perhaps Georgia would have even more explosive passing plays. Beyond the lat injury that kept quarterback JT Daniels out for four games, Jermaine Burton, Arian Smith, Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint and Jackson have all missed time this year due to injury.

“I know that process with those guys trying to get themselves back going,” Jackson said. “But with their process, they’re not trying to rush it. It’s an ACL injury. Nobody wants to come back fast from that. You want to make sure you’re fully healed in that recovery process.”

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Many want to see Georgia attack opposing defenses the way Ohio State and Alabama do. The Buckeyes have 47-passing plays of at least 20 yards while Alabama has an SEC-best 41. Of course, Georgia’s defense ranks second in the country in terms of 20-plus yards given up with just five. Hence why Georgia so often has a massive second-half lead.

Given Georgia has so rarely trailed this season, there hasn’t been much of a need to throw the ball downfield. Among those on the Georgia offense, there is confidence it can be done if absolutely pressed into doing so.

Until then, Jackson and the group are content to keep doing what they’ve been doing.

“We can’t really control what other people say about us. we have to go out there and keep winning football games.

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