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Rapid reload for Georgia offense: Closer look at returning, incoming Bulldogs
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Rapid reload for Georgia offense: Closer look at returning, incoming Bulldogs

Rapid reload for Georgia offense: Closer look at returning, incoming Bulldogs

Rapid reload for Georgia offense: Closer look at returning, incoming Bulldogs

ATHENS Georgia football fans wanting to see a different offense next season have been granted their wish, to the extreme, at that.

Quarterback Jake Fromm sent shockwaves through college football when he declared he was declaring himself eligible for the NFL draft on Wednesday.

Moments later, an aftershock: Reliable and versatile offensive lineman Cade Mays had reportedly entered the transfer portal.

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It leaves the Bulldogs in search of a graduate transfer at quarterback Stanford's K.J. Costello and Wake Forest's Jamie Newman are early names to watch and with just two experienced offensive linemen.

Georgia sophomore Trey Hill started all 14 games this season for the Bulldogs at center and has 17 career starts in all. Returning redshirt senior Ben Cleveland overcame a foot injury to start seven games this season, though he was among those ineligible for the Sugar Bowl.

Offensive philosophy

The Bulldogs have two returning quarterbacks: former walk-on Stetson Bennett and redshirt freshman D'Wan Mathis. Georgia's third scholarship quarterback is incoming freshman Carson Beck, an early enrollee.

Georgia coach Kirby Smart will need to change the scheme out of necessity.

There's ample room for speculation of what direction that might go, and justifiably so.

Smart added former Ole Miss head coach and offensive coordinator Matt Luke to the offensive meeting room when Sam Pittman departed to become the Arkansas head coach.

If the 26-14 Sugar Bowl win over Baylor was any indication, Luke is a good fit with returning offensive coordinator James Coley.

The Bulldogs have another staff opening after special teams coach Scott Fountain joined Pittman at Arkansas. Smart could elect to add another offensive coach if tight ends coach Todd Hartley can add special teams to his duties, as he did at Miami.

Smart has said his offensive philosophy will always feature balance, in the sense that he wants his teams to be able to dictate the run in short yardage and be capable by both ground and by air.

But first things first, Georgia will need to zero-in on its players' talents to best learn how to utilize them.

It all starts with the quarterback the Bulldogs envision under center: arm strength, mobility and football aptitude the most critical components.

The Receivers

The Bulldogs are loaded with talent at the skill positions, but not experience.

Sugar Bowl MVP George Pickens is the leading returning receiver with 49 catches for 727 yards and 8 touchdowns, with just two career starts.

Senior Demetris Robertson enjoyed the most production season of his collegiate career, overcoming a hamstring injury to make 30 catches for 333 yards with 3 TDs. Robertson has five starts at Georgia.

The Bulldogs will be eager to get receiver Dominick Blaylock back from injury. The freshman suffered a torn ACL in the first quarter of the SEC Championship Game, ending a season that saw him make 18 catches for 310 yards with 5 TDs in three starts.

Redshirt sophomore Matt Landers is another returning receiver, and he's coming off a career-high three catches in the Sugar Bowl. Landers has one career start, against Murray State.

Georgia loaded up at this position with four receiver signees: Jermaine Burton, Marcus Rosemy, Arian Smith and early enrollee Justin Robinson will all compete to get into the rotation.

Tight end signee Darnell Washington has the skillset to made more of an impact in the receiving game than any UGA player at that position in recent memory.

The Bulldogs would also consider graduate transfer like former Michigan receiver Tarik Back, who could contribute immediately.

The backs

It was widely known that junior D'Andre Swift would very likely not be back for his senior season even before the 2019 season started, and Brian Herrien was playing out his eligibility as a senior.

Redshirt freshman Zamir White got his first career start in the Sugar Bowl, and freshman Kenny McIntosh played extensively with Swift limited to three snaps and sophomore James Cook knocked out of the game early with bruised ribs.

The Bulldogs added 5-star running back and early enrollee Kendall Milton to the stable, and he's expected to contribute immediately.

The backfield appears solid, even with walk-on Prather Hudson in the transfer portal.

Offensive line

Georgia had one of the most celebrated offensive lines entering his season in recent history, but the so-called "Great Wall" has taken a great fall, with three underclassmen electing to turn pro early and Mays' pending transfer via the portal.

Smart and the Bulldogs have built quality depth and recruited well here, however, so while there's a sense of concern, it does not approach panic.

Xavier Truss is a promising 6-foot-7, 330-pound redshirt freshman prospect showing all the size and physical ability Luke could want to mold into a starting left tackle.

Junior Justin Shaffer started two games in place of Solomon Kindley at left guard and appeared in four others before suffering a season-ending neck injury. Shaffer will be back, and there shouldn't be much drop off at this position.

Hill, as mentioned, has been a rock at center. There's no reason to believe that will change.

Redshirt freshman Warren Ericson saw his first start at right guard in the Sugar Bowl and performed admirably. Ericson can play center, guard or tackle, and could fill May's Swiss-Army-Knife role next season if needed.

Jamaree Salyer, a 6-foot-4, 325-pound right tackle, was so impressive there's no doubt he'll be in the starting lineup provided he continues his hard work. Salyer might even compete at left tackle in the offseason.

Georgia recruited well on the offensive line again in this class, and Tate Ratledge (6-6, 322) has the look of an incoming freshman who could man up enough to play immediately.

Offensive tackle prospect and UGA commit Broderick Jones (6-5, 275) is a five-star who could slide right into the lineup.

Bottom line numbers

Georgia brings back 14 of the 22 position starters from the Sugar Bowl team that beat Baylor 26-14 five on offense, nine on defense.

The hole at quarterback is gaping, with Fromm coming off an NCAA -high 42 consecutive starts and accounting for 92-percent of the passing yards this season.

A great deal of production at running back must also be accounted for. Swift and Herrien combined for roughly two-thirds (67.6 percent) of the rushing yardage from the UGA backs.

Georgia got an early jump on developing receiving talent on account of injuries and attrition.

Even with pass targets Lawrence Cager, Tyler Simmons, Charlie Woerner and Eli Wolf exhausting their eligibility, UGA stands to return 60 percent of the catches and 61 percent of its receiving yardage.

The nature of the offensive line rotation cushions the losses up front, somewhat. But Georgia still loses 62.8-percent of the starts along the offensive line (44 out of 70).

Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart might have an idea some of this attrition was headed his way when he delivered his postgame message at the Sugar Bowl.

"The future's only bright if those guys continue to work because there's a disease that creeps in at Georgia where kids believe they are better than they are and they read their own press clippings," Smart said.

"When you're not hungry, you become average. And some of that, I think, has affected us in the past, and we've got to find a way in this program to not let that creep in and keep that same hunger you have as a young player because we've had it happen to several guys that were really hungry, and then they become full. And you can't become full when you go playing the teams we play against."

It's safe to say that the Georgia offense is anything but full at this stage, and there will be plenty of opportunities ahead.

Returning offensive players career starts

WR George Pickens (2)

WR Kearis Jackson (11)

WR Dominick Blaylock (3)

WR Demetris Robertson (17)

WR Matt Landers (1)

WR Trey Blount (1)

TE John Fitzpatrick (1)

C Trey Hill (18)

OG Ben Cleveland (16)

OT Jamaree Salyer (2)

OG Justin Shaffer (2)

OG Warren Ericson (1)

RB James Cook (3)

RB Zamir White (1)

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  • It's hard to imagine the awkward silence on the Georgia basketball plane ride back from Missouri late Tuesday night and into the early morning hours of Wednesday. The Bulldogs blew a 20-point lead to drop their fourth-straight game in deflating fashion, 72-69. There are growing pains, and then there's this, a team that lacks an identity with players who appear to either refuse or be unable to accept roles. Missing point guard Sahvir Wheeler (ankle) was no doubt a factor in the loss. But this was a game Georgia had won, up 59-39 with 13:33 left. The Tigers (10-10, 2-5 SEC) were just as desperate for the win as the Bulldogs (11-9, 1-6), as they snapped a four-game losing streak with the win. RELATED: Meltdown in Missouri, how Georgia lost to the Tigers Crean tried to take the approach on the postgame radio show on the Georgia Bulldogs Sports Network that it was another lesson learned. 'We've got to learn that when we play hard and we play together like that, we can do a lot of really good things,' Crean said, focusing on how Georgia played through contact early and controlled the glass in the first half. 'But momentum was up for grabs, and no one ever went and grabbed it back, and that's the level of toughness that you have to have to be able to make strides and to be able to win on the road.' The Bulldogs have been outscored in the second half of each of their seven road games in the SEC. Here are three things from the Bulldogs' heartbreaking loss at Missouri Anthony Edwards' effort The freshman played all 40 minutes and left it all out on the court, leading the team with 23 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and two steals. Edwards' missed a potential game-tying 3-point shot at the buzzer, and he had his shot blocked at the rim the previous trip down the floor. But anyone who watched the game could see Edwards' effort providing the lifeblood for the team on a night point guard Sahvir Wheeler was sidelined by an ankle injury. Edwards' downfall was his 3-point shooting. He was just 3 of 12 beyond the arc after a 3-of-10 shooting performance from three in the loss to Ole Miss on Saturday. Rayshaun Hammonds stat line Hammonds roller-coaster season continued at Missouri. The 6-foot-9, 235-pound junior played 33 minutes but failed to score and had just two rebounds. 'It's a tough stat line,' Crean said. 'We'll watch the film.' Hammonds attempted just one shot in the game. Hammonds was coming off a 4-point outing in the loss to Ole Miss, 1-of-8 shooting in that game in 30 minutes. Georgia seems at its best when Hammonds is asserting himself inside: offensively, defensively and rebounding. Plus-minus It's always interesting to see how the team does with each player on the floor, and the plus-minus statistic can provide a window. Tye Fagan played only five minutes and made the only shot he took. But the Bulldogs outscored Missouri by 15 when he was in the game. Conversely, Jordan Harris played 23 minutes and scored 8 points on 1-of-4 shooting, and UGA was outscored by 13 with him in the game. The most puzzling plus-minus came from Donnell Gresham Jr.,. Gresham had a minus-12 despite going 2-of-2 shooting from the floor, 5-of-5 from the line while pulling down five rebounds and recording two steals. DawgNation Georgia basketball Anthony Edwards needs to get back to having fun Georgia comes up short in hard-fought loss at Kentucky Anthony Edwards puts the squeeze on Tennessee in blowout win Georgia falls in first SEC road game of season at Auburn Freshman Anthony Edwards discloses injury, status Sahvir Wheeler on clutch game-winner, 'been there a ton of times' Tom Izzo on Georgia: 'That was an incredible comeback' Anthony Edwards lights up Michigan State for 37 in 93-85 loss Rayshaun Hammonds wrecks Georgia Tech Anthony Edwards draws standing ovation in opener The post 3 things from Georgia basketball's perplexing 72-69 loss at Missouri appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Georgia basketball squandered a 20-point lead in the second half at Missouri on Tuesday night, losing its fourth game in a row, 72-69. 'We have witnessed a meltdown,' UGA play-by-play man Scott Howard said, encapsulating the game on the Georgia Bulldogs Sports Network. Anthony Edwards recorded his first career double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds, playing the full 40 minutes before the crowd of 8,451 Mizzou Arena and an SEC Network television audience. Edwards, however, came up short on the final play of the game when his 3-point shot attempt from the wing went off the front of the rim just before time expired. The Bulldogs (11-9, 1-6 SEC) led 59-39 with 13:33 left when Edwards, who was 9-of-24 shooting including 3 of 12 beyond the arc, hit a 3-pointer. Georgia, playing without injured point guard Sahvir Wheeler (ankle), appeared to be in control of the game against the Tigers (10-10, 2-5) at Mizzoui Arena, on the verge of outscoring an SEC opponent in the second half for the first time this season. Instead, Missouri rallied behind Xavier Pinson moments later. Pinson, who scored all 16 of his points in the second half, sparked the rally in full with a 3-pointer that ignited a 23-4 run. 'I told my team, momentum is always up for grabs,' Crean said on his post-game radio show. 'We did not guard as well in the second half, we didn't guard the dribble as well, and we had some guys that really struggled tonight.' Georgia failed to score a field goal for more than seven minutes during the Tigers' run, missing seven shots during that stretch. Senior Reed Nikko , a 6-foot-10 post, hit a pair of free throws with 2:20 left to put Missouri up 66-65, the Tigers' first lead since a 14-13 lead led than nine minutes into the game. But Nikko's biggest play of the night came with 8.6 seconds left and Missouri clinging to a 71-69 lead, when he blocked an Edwards' shot at the rim. UGA fouled immediately, but Mitchell Smith split a pair of free throws to extend the lead to three, leading to Edwards' final trey attempt of the night. The Tigers snapped a four-game losing streak with the win despite Edwards recording his first 20-point scoring outing since he went for 26 in an 80-63 win over Tennessee on Jan. 15 in Athens. Senior Tyree Crump scored 13 points and Toumani Camara added 12 for the Bulldogs, who out-rebounded Missouri 32-31 and went 17 of 21 from the free-throw line to Missouri's 16-of-21 effort from the charity strip. Georgia junior Rayshaun Hammonds, who entered the game as the team's second-leading scorer, took just one shot missing it and had only two rebounds in his 33 minutes on the floor. The Bulldogs held a 42-30 lead at the half on the strength of 52-percent shooting and a 21-13 rebounding advantage through the first 20 minutes. Edwards scored the first 14 of his points in the first half, 5-of-12 shooting while pulling down five rebounds. Crump had 11 first-half points, coming off the bench midway through the first half to hit a pair of free throws and consecutive 3-pointers that ignited a 22-3 run. Rodney Howard's jumper closed the Bulldogs' pivotal surge by scoring a basket from in the paint, giving UGA its largest lead of the game to that point at 35-17 at the 4:53 mark. Georgia returns to action at 1 p.m. on Saturday against Texas A&M (10-9, 4-3) at Stegeman Coliseum. The Aggies won at Tennessee, 63-58, on Tuesday night. DawgNation Georgia basketball Anthony Edwards needs to get back to having fun Georgia comes up short in hard-fought loss at Kentucky Anthony Edwards puts the squeeze on Tennessee in blowout win Georgia falls in first SEC road game of season at Auburn Freshman Anthony Edwards discloses injury, status Sahvir Wheeler on clutch game-winner, 'been there a ton of times' Tom Izzo on Georgia: 'That was an incredible comeback' Anthony Edwards lights up Michigan State for 37 in 93-85 loss Rayshaun Hammonds wrecks Georgia Tech Anthony Edwards draws standing ovation in opener The post Meltdown' in Missouri, Georgia squanders 20-point lead to lose fourth straight appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS The Georgia basketball team arrived in the 'Show Me State' on Monday night intent on being prepared to show Missouri a new brand of physicality. Bulldogs' coach Tom Crean said playing that style of basketball, with toughness, will be needed against Coach Cuonzo Martin's Tigers at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday in Columbia (TV: SEC Network). 'W e've got to deal with [Missouri's] physicality, because they're a very physical, aggressive basketball team,' Crean said on Monday before the team practiced and flew to Missouri. 'We've got to defend their guards and definitely have to be able to continue to run our offense, because of that physicality and the way they help and recover.' Georgia (11-8, 1-5 SEC) will be looking to snap its season-long three-game losing streak against Missouri (9-10, 1-5). The Tigers rank 33rd in the nation and second in the SEC in scoring defense, opponents averaging just 62.3 points per game against them. The Bulldogs, meanwhile, are fourth in the SEC in scoring with 76.7 points per game. The improved health of freshman point guard Sahvir Wheeler figures to be key, as he has been battling back from an ankle injury suffered in the 80-63 win over Tennessee on Jan. 15. ' He's got to push the ball better, (and) we have to get out and go,' Crean said. 'We have to get him flying up the court and doing a better job with that. There's no doubt about that and when he does, he's really good. That's what we have to have. 'Push it, throw it ahead, get it back, attack, get his confidence back making layups. Continue if it's not there keeping the ball alive, don't try to force a shot, keep it alive, keep it moving. Hopefully his confidence will come back to him.' Tempo, spacing and ball movement are all near the top of the priority list for the Bulldogs. But on Tuesday night, it starts with toughness. 'At the end of the day we've got to get some loose balls, we've got to get some guys that will put their body on the ground, be quick, react quicker, and that's part of it,' Crean said. 'You want to make this your career and it doesn't stay your career very long if you're not aggressive if you're not tough, you're not physical, if you don't have a mindset for winning. That's what it is.' DawgNation Georgia basketball Anthony Edwards hits 'Freshman Wall' like no other Georgia comes up short in hard-fought loss at Kentucky Anthony Edwards puts the squeeze on Tennessee in blowout win Georgia falls in first SEC road game of season at Auburn Freshman Anthony Edwards discloses injury, status Sahvir Wheeler on clutch game-winner, 'been there a ton of times' Tom Izzo on Georgia: 'That was an incredible comeback' Anthony Edwards lights up Michigan State for 37 in 93-85 loss Rayshaun Hammonds wrecks Georgia Tech Anthony Edwards draws standing ovation in opener The post Georgia basketball Coach Tom Crean plans physical showing at Missouri appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Former Georgia quarterback and SEC Championship Game MVP (2005) D.J. Shockley knows all about offseason competition, drawing from his days playing with David Greene under Mark Richt. Shockley, recently speaking with WSB on the Bulldogs Game Day show, discussed how pivotal it is that incoming grad-transfer quarterback Jamie Newman will be present for spring drills. 'You've got some young guys who have already been there,' Shockley said. 'Stetson Bennett has already been there. D'Wan Mathis is coming off his injury, he has been there, he's been a part of the system. 'So (Newman) is going to need this time to really dive into that playbook and understand all the nuances of it.' The Bulldogs hired new offensive coordinator Todd Monken to replace James Coley earlier this month. Coley left for Texas A&M last Friday, opening up a spot on the staff many expect newly hired analyst Buster Faulkner to fill. RELATED: Football stars endorse new Georgia hire Todd Monken Monken has been active on the recruiting trail since his hire, but with the start of a dead period fast approaching (Feb. 3), Kirby Smart and his staff could have time to crunch some Xs and Os. RELATED: Terry Bowden shares thought on drop-back to dual-threat QB flip Georgia will likely retain some of its base offense, but there are sure to be plenty of twists. Monken, an 'Air Raid' pass scheme expert, will bring part of his playbook and look to maximize UGA'sdual-threat quarterbacks. Mathis, Bennett and incoming freshman Carson Beck all have good mobility. And then there's Newman who rushed for 574 yards and 6 TDs last season, including a 50-yard run. Of Newman's 180 attempts, 128 were designed runs, per PFF advanced metrics. The former Wake Forest quarterback was recently tagged among the top five Heisman Trophy favorites, and PFF ranks him the third-best quarterback returning in the nation behind Justin Fields and Trevor Lawrence. 'Joe Burrow (was) far and away the highest-graded quarterback throwing to a tight window, but Newman is second and third isn't anywhere near him,' PFF penned earlier this month. 'He also limited his uncatchable pass rate to the fourth lowest. 'Newman has some rushing ability and has seen the eighth-most designed rushes for a quarterback (128). While some may say it's his rushing that can be his greatest weapon, it's clearly his arm.' But the key where Georgia is concerned is that Newman is already on campus and working out with his teammates. 'So him being here early,' Shockley said, 'I think, gives him an opportunity to be the guy.' Former Georgia QB D.J. Shockley With Jamie Newman already on campus in Athens, @DjShockley3 says spring practice will be huge for him to prove he can be 'the guy'! : Sat at 11am on @wsbtv! #GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/5Z7ND86mUG Bulldogs Game Day (@WSBbulldogs) January 27, 2020 DawgNation Georgia football Malik Herring spearheads dominant defense ESPN details how Georgia might win national title Georgia offseason has produced fascinating offensive change UGA recruiting in South Florida affected by James Coley departure Why Buster Faukner a perfect complement to Todd Monken The post WATCH Former Georgia QB D.J. Shockley: Key to Jamie Newman being The Guy' appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS The Georgia football opening game with Virginia is more than seven months away, but talking season is well underway and Heisman talk has begun. Incoming graduate-transfer quarterback Jamie Newman ranks among the Top 5 among Heisman favorites before throwing his first pass in a formal practice, currently at 14-to-1. Newman is ranked the No. 3 returning quarterback by Pro Football Focus, behind Ohio State's Justin Fields and Clemson's Trevor Lawrence. RELATED: Mark Richt says Jamie Newman can adapt to any kind of offense Fields, who spent his 2018 freshman season at UGA backing up departed starter Jake Fromm, is the co-favorite with Lawrence to win the Heisman, both at 4-to-1. Sophomore tailback Zamir White and sophomore George Pickens are also among the current favorites. White is at 80-to-1, and Pickens is at 100-to-1. The bettable opening Heisman odds are evidence there's plenty of outside buy-in on Kirby Smart's well-documented offensive makeover at Georgia. The Bulldogs hired 'Air Raid' pass game expert Todd Monken to take over as the Bulldogs' offensive coordinator, replacing James Coley who has since departed for Texas A&M. Monken was the offensive coordinator with the Cleveland Browns last season, but the year, before, he was the OC and play caller for a Tampa Bay Bucs offense that led the NFL in passing yardage. Newman, who transferred to Georgia from Wake Forest, is a dual-threat quarterback with dynamic arm strength and running ability. Smart's past three UGA offenses have leaned more toward a power run game, the head coach intent on utilizing dynamic backfields that included NFL stars Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, and projected first-round pick D'Andre Swift the past two seasons. Georgia, however, appears to be intent on a more aggressive pass scheme now that the receiving corps is loaded up with talent at receiver and tight end. RELATED: Georgia top-ranked SEC team in PFF Way-too-early' Top 25 Smart has always professed coaching to the talent, and the hiring of Monken is an indication the Georgia head coach is betting more offensive balance is in order. The Bulldogs return a championship-caliber defense, with nine of 11 starters back on that side of the football from the 26-14 Sugar Bowl-winning team. Georgia's offense can afford to be more aggressive in marquee matchups with that sort of defense behind it. Most notably, in the Sept. 19 showdown with Alabama in Tuscaloosa that the college football world has circled. Favorite Player/School Odds T-1. Justin Fields/ Ohio St. 4-1 T-1. Trevor Lawrence/Clemson 4-1 3. Spencer Rattler/Oklahoma 12-1 T-4. Sam Ehlinger/Texas 14.1 T-4. Jamie Newman/Georgia 14-1 T-6. Travis Etienne/Clemson 20-1 T-6. Chuba Hubbard/Okla. St. 20-1 T-6 Ian Book/Notre Dame 20-1 T-9. Kedon Slovis/USC 25-1 T-9. Myles Brennan/LSU 25-1 11. Mac Jones/Alabama 25-1 12. Bo Nix/Auburn 25-1 13. D'Eriq King/Miami, Fla. 25-1 14. Adrian Martinez/Nebraska 30-1 T-15. Sean Clifford/Penn State 40-1 T-15. Najee Harris/Alabama 40-1 17. Kellen Mond/Texas A&M 50-1 T-18. Tyler Shough/Oregon 60-1 T-18. Brock Purdy/Iowa State 60-1 T-18. CJ Verdell/Oregon 60-1 T-18. Kyle Trask/Florida 60-1 T-18. Charlie Brewer/Baylor 60-1 T-18. Sam Howell/North Carolina 60-1 24. Master Teaguelll/Ohio Sate 60-1 25. Zamir White/Georgia 80-1 DawgNation Georgia football Malik Herring spearheads dominant defense Podcast: How Todd Monken might use Zamir White Georgia offseason has produced fascinating offensive change Football stars endorse Todd Monken hire at Georgia WATCH: 2021 commit Brock Vandagriff shares story with DawgNation Why Buster Faukner a perfect complement to Todd Monken The post Georgia football QB Jamie Newman ranked among Top 5 Heisman Trophy favorites appeared first on DawgNation.