It seems that Paul Myerberg’s no longer doing his team-by-team preseason previews, which is a shame, so it’s in this conference preview that we find he’s got Georgia ranked 17th going into the season.
What’s interesting about his ranking is that it comes in the face of a very undistinguished evaluation of Georgia’s players — only one is listed on his All-conference team (guess who) and nobody makes his national awards candidate list. Also, none of Georgia’s position units makes his top list.
Juxtaposed against that backdrop is the news that Kirby is moving this year’s class into the two-deep.
The beginning of the season brings new names to the football roster, and those names belong to athletes who are challenging the more experienced players for starting positions.
“We’re sitting out there, I’m going, ‘On every two-deep there’s a [freshman] guy here, and he’s surpassing guys that are sophomores and juniors quickly,’” Smart said.
Youth is being served, which means there’s plenty of room to be nervous about Georgia’s 2016 prospects. But there’s also this:
We won’t know until we see him against North Carolina, but indications are that Nick Chubb will be Nick Chubb this year, or something very close to it. He was incredible for the Dawgs when healthy, and more importantly, he hid a lot of weaknesses.
Even with iffy quarterback play (not to mention smaller, unproven receivers) and a Schottenheimer at offensive coordinator, Georgia averaged 8.3 yards per play over the first month of last season. If Chubb is 100%, QB might not be much of an issue.
You think Kirby’s crossing his fingers as much as we are?