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Who will be the breakout players on the 2020 Georgia football team?

DawgNation has four staffers who cover Georgia football from every angle: Beat, live streams, photos, podcasts, recruiting, etc. The “Cover 4” concept is: 1) Present a topic; 2) Offer a reasoned response; 3) Share a brisk statement on that opinion. 4) Pepper the page with photos for the big picture. For this edition, we discuss the breakout player candidates for the 2020 Georgia football team. 

DawgNation continues with the “Cover 4” concept. The focus is always a timely look with each of our guys manning the secondary on a pertinent topic.

When will football return? Will it return? Will it return for essentially a studio TV audience? Those are the straws that everyone is grasping for right now.

We can’t debate that without speculation right now. Not without knowing what life in America will look like after two very important months in the COVID-19 pandemic.

What can we debate? What about when the play, who will break out on this Georgia roster? That’s something we can champion today. Who will be the Azeez Ojularis on the 2020 Georgia roster?

We asked our Cover 4 panel to share one name from each side of the ball in their response to that question.

The quick in-and-out game remains. The Cover 4 is designed to come out as quick as everyone is trying to maintain their social distancing these days.

Who is your breakout player for offense and breakout for defense on the 2020 Bulldogs?

Brandon Adams: Kendall Milton and Lewis Cine 

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Remember that big play against LSU from Lewis Cine that was wiped off the board. “Beard” Adams says to look for more of the same in 2020. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

The “why” from “DawgNation Daily” here: “UGA typically uses multiple running backs in heavy rotation, and with Zamir White set to potentially take the lead role, the door is open for Milton to shine. Cine is an easy answer as well because of how frequently he impressed in limited duty last season.”

Mike Griffith: Kenny McIntosh and Travon Walker

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Mike Griffith says to look for a lot of big plays from Kenny McIntosh (center right) when the Bulldogs finally hit the field again. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

The “why” from “On the Beat” here: “McIntosh has the best all-around skills in the backfield. Walker was warming up the second half of last season after overcoming a broken wrist.

Connor Riley: Jamaree Salyer and Nakobe Dean

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Connor Riley has sophomore ILB Nakobe Dean as one of his big breakout players for the 2020 Georgia football team. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

The “why” from “Good Day UGA” here:: “Maybe it’s lame to give two 5-star prospects, but I think by the end of the year Salyer is going to be Georgia’s best offensive lineman. As for the defensive side, there’s a lot of names to pick from but I think Dean has a clear path to playing time that would allow him to breakout.

Jeff Sentell: Zamir White and Lewis Cine

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Look for Zamir White to run a lot like “Zeus” when the Georgia Bulldogs finally play games again. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

The Intel here: Jermaine Burton, Tre’ McKitty and Jared Zirkel are chip-in answers for the new faces who will help UGA score more in the upcoming season. But no need to overthink it. White goes from a third-team role to the No. 1 spot at one of the program’s signature positions. With Cine, I don’t expect there to be significant drop-off from Georgia’s starting safeties of 2019. Cine can be the same type of player on the back end that J.R. Reed was for the 2017 team with significant physicality, length and overall physical ability. 


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