Georgia Bulldogs’ 2017 Season Preview:
Georgia is coming off of an 8-5 record in 2016, where they started freshman quarterback Jacob Eason. He showed flashes and potential to be a good quarterback and a leader. But he will have to improve on his 55.1 percent completion percentage to push this Georgia’s offense over the hill. Georgia doesn’t have a hard schedule being their toughest teams will be Florida and Auburn. According to college football poll Auburn is ranked at 24th and Florida is sitting at 14th ranked in the nation. They should improve on their 8-5 record this season with Eason coming into his sophomore year and Chubb coming back. One big reason to be excited if you’re a Bulldog fan is their recruiting class. They were ranked top 3 in four major recruiting sites. That’s always a win when you bring in players like Five-Star tackle Isaiah Wilson who is 350 pounds and Five-Star safety Richard LeCounte III.
Things to watch for this season:
How will Chubb perform and how will Georgia use Michel as a back up this year. Chubb who rushed for 1130 yards and 8 Touchdowns in his junior season. Will be coming into his senior year looking to add to that stat line. One thing to notice is in the five losses the Bulldogs suffered Chubb only averaged 41.5 yards in those losses. So you must think if you stop or slow Chubb down your chances of winning goes up substantially.
Jacob Eason must be more contestants this season. He was to up and down in 2016. But he was just a freshman that was tossed in the SEC. In games against South Carolina and Florida he looked lost. He had a pair of 300 yard games in 2016. Since the running game will be better in 2017 look for Eason to have a better season, yards, Completion, and touchdown wise. He did well only throwing 8 INT’s all season. Isaiah McKenzie who was Eason’s favorite target in 2016 could be in for a bigger season in 2017. With one more year with Eason at quarterback McKenzie and Eason’s connection should improve and so should his targets.
Georgia’s defense who returns ten starters will have to prove that its outside linebackers can get to opposing teams quarterback as well as improve on tackling behind the line. The pass rush wasn’t bad but it wasn’t great either. Carter and Bellamy lead the team in sacks with five each. They produced in other ways for the defense but they will need to improve on getting to the quarterback if the defense wants to be better than a year ago. The defense only totaled 29 sacks. They don’t need to be among the highest sack teams. But if they could get to the middle to high 30’s for sack totals would greatly improve the defensive side of the ball. When it came to tackles for loss the Bulldogs only had 62. A much lower total in a very long time. Linebacker Roquan Smith Jr. who will be accompany by all four starters coming back will need to continue the way he finished the 2016 season finishing with 13 tackles in the last two games.
Georgia’s 2016 stats:
Red-zone TDs: Opponents, 32-43 for 73 percent. Georgia was 25-45 for 56 percent.
Time of Possession: Georgia- 33:43, Opponents- 26:17
Rushing Touchdowns: Opponents- 24, Georgia- 18