Welcome to your one-stop shop for Georgia football news and takes every Monday through Friday. In this edition, we look at the position battle at nickel corner, a 2017 signee who won’t be joining the Dawgs, and a stat that shows just how important Nick Chubb is to Georgia’s success.
Is Georgia football better or just experienced?
The always excellent Bill Connelly of SB Nation finally got around to posting his preview of Georgia’s season on Wednesday. When you finish here, you should go read the entire post. It’s huge, full of interesting stats, but also kind of a downer. S&P+ isn’t favoring the Bulldogs as the season approaches, projecting just 7.4 wins for Georgia this season.
Connelly’s main argument against the Bulldogs is a sound one: Georgia has a ton of talent and can be a really good team if all the key players improve. If.
What happens if those players don’t improve as much as expected? What if Georgia is just a more experienced version of the 2016 team, but not a much better version? Bad things is what.
So with so small a margin for error, the Bulldogs will need major contributions from some of the most important players on the team. And Nick Chubb and the offensive line are the most important players for Georgia, as illustrated by this stat.
When Chubb averaged at least 6 yards per carry in a game, Georgia scored at least 28 points.
The bottom line for this season is that the Bulldogs have major boom-or-bust potential, and the scales will be weighted toward boom if Chubb has a resurgent 2017.
If Chubb is 2015 Chubb again, the offense is soaring, and the run defense is rendering everyone one-dimensional, Georgia will go 10-2 or better and make doubters like me feel silly.
But if 2017 Georgia looks like a more experienced version of 2016 Georgia, and Eason doesn’t develop that much, and Chubb never finds fifth gear, then 6-6 or 7-5 are on the table, and we feel silly for assuming greatness.
Devonte Wyatt won’t play for UGA this season
Recruiting class of 2017 signee Devonte Wyatt will not be joining Georgia this season. The defensive lineman couldn’t academically qualify, and instead will enroll at Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College.
Wyatt’s failure to qualify ends any worries about the team going over the scholarship limit this year. DE Robert Beal’s clearance earlier this week put the team exactly at the 85 scholarship limit, according to Seth Emerson.
Next man up