One big question for every offensive position group heading into summer
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The 1 big question for each Georgia football offensive position group after spring practice
Quarterback: Will Stetson Bennett be ready if/when called upon?
Jake Fromm is obviously the guy for Georgia. If the Bulldogs are going to win a national championship this year, it will be because of Fromm. However, that doesn’t mean that Georgia can ignore its backup quarterback situation.
In 2018, both Alabama and Clemson had to win games with their backup quarterbacks playing significant reps. There’s always a chance that Bennett or freshman quarterback D’Wan Mathis will be asked to do the same for Georgia in 2019.
We have Bennett as the primary backup ahead of Mathis largely because of the former’s experience with the Georgia system. On G Day, Bennett completed 12 of his 23 pass attempts for 210 yards and a touchdown. Should he be thrust into action, Bennett doesn’t need to be a superstar for Georgia. He just needs to be able to keep Georgia’s talented offense afloat.
Running back: When will Zamir White be healthy?
Georgia has a star in running back D’Andre Swift. It also has an overqualified backup in Brian Herrien. The senior running back really impressed during G Day as both a runner and as a pass catcher. So we turn our attention to a third Georgia running back.
White is going to be one of the most interesting players during fall camp. It’s almost certain that Kirby Smart will be providing semi-daily updates on the talented running back as he continues to recover from his ACL injury.
The redshirt freshman running back recently released video of himself working out with Swift and fellow running back James Cook. And while there was no contact involved in the drill, it’s easy to get excited about what White could possibly bring to the table for Georgia.
“Everybody’s just so happy for him just to get to this point,” Swift said. “He works and rehabs so hard, we just want to see him play football again. We just want to see him back and play football again.”
If White is able to become fully healthy for the first time in his Georgia career, the Bulldogs will be more than set at running back. And if he looks like the running back he did in high school, the Bulldogs might have the best set of running backs in the country.
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Wide receiver: How much will Georgia need Dominick Blaylock?
Smart made it a point to talk up the incoming freshman wide receivers and the possible roles he might play for this team. He specifically mentioned Blaylock as a possible kick and punt returner for Georgia. But the bigger question might be how much does he need to contribute at wide receiver?
Georgia has a number of an option both in the slot and on the outside. The issue is that none of them are really all that proven. Only junior Jeremiah Holloman had more than 10 catches last season. Smart has talked up the likes of Tyler Simmons and Demetris Robertson this spring, but will they be able to hold off Blaylock this fall?
Nakobe Dean and Nolan Smith both made impacts on the team this spring on the defensive side of the ball. If Blaylock can get off to a fast start when he arrives later this month, there’s a chance he could end up leapfrogging some of the veterans at the wide receiver position.
Tight end: How confident is Georgia in John FitzPatrick?
Georgia’s tight end room is under new management with Todd Hartley in his first year on the job. The Georgia graduate has done a great job on the recruiting trail so far, but he’ll really show how good of a coach he is this fall.
Georgia has used a lot of two tight end sets in the past. And they’ve been able to do so because they’ve had reliable options in Isaac Nauta and Charlie Woerner. Nauta is now gone and Woerner likely soaks up his production. But who steps into Woerner’s shoes?
Enter FitzPatrick. He redshirted as a freshman but took advantage of the lack of depth in the tight end room this spring. FitzPatrick tied for the team lead in receptions on G-Day with 5. Woerner also had 5, potentially highlighting the importance of tight ends in James Coley’s offense.
Georgia also has Eli Wolf and Brett Seither arriving this summer to help. But if FitzPatrick can build off his spring performance, the Bulldogs should feel a lot better possibly using two tight end sets this fall.
Offensive line: How much of a difference does the starter at right guard make?
Georgia has perhaps the best offensive line in all of college football. Following Jamaree Salyer’s excellent spring, the Bulldogs have as many as seven offensive linemen who could probably start.
In actuality, the left tackle, left guard and center spots are likely locked up. Smart has mentioned that Salyer has pushed for playing time at right tackle this spring, but chances are Isaiah Wilson is manning that spot when Georgia takes on Vanderbilt on Aug. 31.
That leaves the right guard spot as the only truly open competition. Georgia will likely be choosing between Ben Cleveland, Cade Mays and Salyer to man that spot. Does one make the Georgia offense significantly better? Cleveland and Mays have both played well when they’ve gotten the chance to do so in the past two seasons.
Georgia has plenty of great options to choose from along the offensive line. The question for Sam Pittman and company to answer is which player unlocks the best possible combination.
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