2019 Georgia Bulldogs College Football Preview
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92,746 Seat Stadium
Last Season (11-3, 7-1 SEC)
Head Coach: Kirby Smart
Record at School (32-10) 3 years
Career Record (32-10) 3 years
Georgia certainly had a solid season last year, but it felt like it could have been much better. I will have to admit that I did not really think that much of Georgia all season long, but they just kept on winning. Next thing you knew they were playing in the SEC Championship game and just one win away from making the college football playoffs.
Georgia won SEC East while finishing up the regular season with a 7-0 home record. On to play Alabama for the conference title. Their defense dominated Alabama/Tagovailoa in the championship game and were looking like they were on their way.
But Tag went down and Jalen Hurts came in and the rest is history. Can’t blame them for not being excited about their bowl game after coming so close to the playoffs. They went on to lose in the Sugar Bowl to Texas 28-21.
The Bulldogs have 6 starters returning from last season. The one guy they are really glad to have back is QB Jake Fromm. Last season as a sophomore he threw for 2,749 yards, 30 touchdowns and only 6 interceptions.
The bulk of their returning starters is on the offensive line and they were one of the best last year. They do have RB D’Andre Swift coming back and he brings his 1000 yards rushing with him. Georgia always recruits strong running backs, so they will be deep at that position.
I think they do have some concern at receiver having all new starters, but with Stromm at QB, behind a great offensive line, they will have time to gel. On factor that you cannot overlook is when a team changes coordinators.
Jim Chaney left for Tennessee and James Coley takes over the OC job. It will be his first OC job in the SEC. I suspect maybe a slow start with some adjustments, but they will be fine.
Georgia does have 7 returning starters on defense this season. They are looking to improve on their 4th ranked scoring defense in the SEC last year. They were however 2nd in total defense, but must improve on letting the other team score.
We should see that. They do have leading tackler Richard LeCounte returning. A key loss on defense is CB Deandre Baker who won the Jim Thorpe award and did not allow a TD pass the past two seasons.
Kirby Smart has done a great job recruiting and bring the Bulldogs right up there with Alabama, so I feel there will be no problem filling in some of those holes on defense.
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Rodrigo Blankenship has certainly proved to be one of the better, most reliable kickers in the SEC. He made all 62 extra points and converted 19 of 23 field goal attempts. They do have punter Jake Camarda returning after his freshman year. It always feels good when you do not have to worry about your kicking game to start the season.
2019 GEORGIA BULLDOG OUTLOOK
Expectations are once again very high in Athens. You may see a slow start with a new OC and wide receivers, plus the defense may need some time to gel. Georgia has until September 4th to figure it out.
They should be 3-0 before hosting Notre Dame. That may set the tone for the rest of the way. Anything less than a SEC East title and Conference title win vs Alabama will be considered unsuccessful.
I think Georgia may have a 2nd loss during the regular season, but still win the east and once again lose to Alabama. Sounds like a repeat of last season playing second fiddle to the Crimson Tide.
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