We all knew the injuries that occurred in last year’s Tennessee game had an immediate impact on the offense. David Ching argues that the offense is still suffering from them.
Following the Tennessee win, the Bulldogs’ record dating back to the start of the 2011 season was 26-7, and it seemed like they still stood a good chance of claiming their third straight SEC East title. Since that day in Knoxville, the Bulldogs are 6-5 and one could easily argue Mike Bobo’s offense still hasn’t completely recovered.
Entering this week’s rematch with Tennessee, Scott-Wesley still hasn’t appeared in a game yet in 2014, although Richt hinted he might make his debut next week against Vanderbilt. Same with Mitchell, who has missed 14 games since tearing his ACL in the first quarter of the Bulldogs’ 2013 opener against Clemson.
But perhaps the most unfortunate injury from the Tennessee game was the one to Marshall.
Despite that, Georgia finds itself fourth nationally in scoring. So how much better could things get?
… The Bulldogs still have Gurley, and their coaching staff has had more than enough practice turning lemons into lemonade since their visit to Neyland Stadium a year ago, so they’re hardly the limping club that hit the skids after last season’s overtime victory.
The Bulldogs have still fielded a serviceable — and at times, truly impressive — offense since then, despite all the injury absences. Eventually, Bobo might have all his weapons at his disposal once again. And SEC East defenses should take cover if that happens.