Most of the offseason angst surrounding Georgia has been over the early season schedule and the defense, but it’s worth wondering if there’s another front where we should be concerned.
Ed Aschoff ranks Georgia’s special teams dead last among all such SEC units, and while that may be unduly pessimistic (Steele rates them closer to middle of the pack status), I don’t know anyone at this point who’s looking at them as a team strength.
Last year was a pretty sad story, at least as it’s told at cfbstats.com. Georgia’s special teams excelled at one thing, finishing first in the conference in blocked kicks/punts, did decently in another (sixth in kickoffs) and were sub-par to awful (dead last in punt coverage) in every other facet of the game. There’s a reason Richt elected to attempt the fewest number of field goals in the SEC last season.
Toss in Marshall Morgan’s early season suspension woes and it’s not a pretty picture we’re looking at in 2013. Is there room for optimism, or is this just more slack the offense will be expected to pick up?