Got my Steele 2014 yesterday and started slogging my way through the deluge of information he’s published. One of the items I usually look at early on are his conference rankings for positional groups. The first thing that caught my eye was a wildly high ranking for Georgia’s special teams. The second thing was a fairly low ranking for Georgia’s quarterbacks. And that gave me some pause for thought.
In his team analysis, Steele isn’t dismissive of Mason, so all I can think is that he’s not particularly impressed with Georgia’s depth at the position. And after watching the backups perform at G-Day, I can understand that. It’s not that the Dawgs lack talent there; it’s that the talent is very, very raw.
And that led me to this: is quarterback the position at which health is most critical for the team’s success this season? I believe it is.
Keep in mind that Georgia’s been incredibly lucky avoiding serious injuries to established starting quarterbacks during Richt’s tenure. David Greene hurt his thumb against Georgia Tech and had to leave the game (and then return late to bail out his offense) and Aaron Murray lost the last two and a half games of his career when he blew out his knee. Other than an odd play or two here and there, that’s about it. (Joe T wasn’t an established starter, so don’t bother to go there.)
We’d better hope that keeps up.