It’s May. I blog about Georgia football. I miss Munson. Somebody’s got to step into the pessimist’s role. So, without any further ado, here are the four areas which concern me most, which have the greatest chance of derailing what could be a terrific year for the Dawgs:
- The offensive line. When even Coach Richt refers to the o-line as a “question mark”, it’s something to worry about. Maybe a lot. I do think there’s talent, but when there’s a strong possibility that the starting left tackle hasn’t set foot on campus yet, there’s going to be an adjustment period. You have to hope, like Richt does, that’s it’s not a long one. Which brings me to…
- The Missouri game. I think Barrett Sallee overstates Missouri’s strength, but between a green offensive line and a secondary which will be missing some key cogs against an offense that lives out of five-receiver sets, Georgia’s going to have its hands full. And I would expect the home crowd to be nuts about this game. Lose to Missouri, and it’s hard to see how the season won’t be a disappointment.
- Malcolm Mitchell’s hamstrings. It’s all well and good to drool over how much of a contributor Mitchell could be this season, but let’s not forget that he’s already missed parts of last season and this year’s spring practice. He goes down, especially early in the season, and it could be grim (see Missouri game, above), given, not just what the coaches hope to get out of him, but what they need from him.
- Special teams. Maybe I should call this a frustration and not a concern. It’s an area that’s been treated it seems like a bastard stepchild and it’s shown. There’s little excuse for the shortcomings we’ve all seen over the past few seasons. Richt has promised greater focus and that’s welcomed. But let’s also remember Georgia will be introducing a true freshman punter and a true freshman place kicker. Welcome to the SEC, kids.
I don’t want anyone missing out of the fun/misery, so here’s a reader poll. Leave comments, especially if you think I’ve overlooked something. (It’s okay to blame Bobo.)