UGA football: What is the biggest cause for concern heading into Jacksonville?

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Can Elijah Holyfield provide a big spark to the UGA football ground game this weekend in Jacksonville?

DawgNation has four staffers who cover the UGA football team from every angle: Beat, live streams, photos, podcasts, recruiting, etc. The Cover 4 aim is simple: 1) Present a topic; 2) Offer a reasoned response; 3) Share a brisk statement to support the informed opinion. 

Big game this weekend. Ginormous even.

A Florida win could change the way the conference views what Dan Mullen is doing right now at Florida. It would also slow the momentum of what Georgia has done so far under third-year coach Kirby Smart.


What was the immediate triage for this UGA football team after it suffered this first loss of the 2018 season in Baton Rouge? That is our topic for today.

This Cover 4 question: What is the biggest cause for concern heading into Jacksonville?

These takes are designed to come out even faster than a Georgia football discussion can include the talk of getting Elijah Holyfield and Riley Ridley more touches.

What is the major cause for concern heading into Jacksonville? 

Brandon Adams: Georgia’s offensive line

DawgNation Daily would like to see an impressive showing from the UGA offensive line this weekend in Jacksonville. (Curtis Compton/AJC)

The why from Adams: It was supposed to be an overwhelming strength, but that hasn’t really been the case yet. I still think this group is really good, but improvement is needed before it can be considered great.

Chip Towers: Interior defense 

Jordan Davis-UGA football-Georgia football-DawgNation Cover 4″ width=”4730″ height=”3153″ /> Kirby Smart had some positive comments this week for freshman NG Jordan Davis. Can he plug a leak in the UGA run defense this weekend? (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

The why from Towers Take: Georgia is losing a lot of battles up the middle of the defense. This is due to subpar play at noseguard and middle linebacker.

Mike Griffith: Georgia’s run defense

Mike Griffith says that Georgia’s defense needs to improve upon its last two outings this weekend against Florida. (Curtis Compton/AJC)

The why from On The Beat: That unit was exposed in the first half against Vanderbilt and again at LSU and missing DE David Marshall to injury doesn’t help.

Jeff Sentell: Both lines of scrimmage

Georgia needs to be flying around and celebrating more big stops like this one on defense in Jacksonville this weekend. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

Why: Georgia isn’t as effective running the ball (cue the injury factor) or stopping the run as it felt it could be by November. The big red flag: There are four defensive backs listed among the team’s top 5 tacklers.

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