Some of you may have misconstrued the point behind yesterday’s post about Phil Steele’s returning starter numbers. (Well, maybe not so much with the previously banned troll who returned under yet another moniker. But I digress.) It wasn’t offered as preseason happy talk, or as a prediction of greatness. It was meant to show that last year’s excuse about roster holes isn’t going to work so well in 2017.
Or to put it another way,
Georgia’s got a nice-looking roster.
The Dawgs have one of the best situations in the country, with almost their entire defense coming back (10 players) and a stud QB, Jacob Eason, heading into his sophomore year. Their 17 returning starters are tied for third-most nationally, they’re ninth in returning production, and they’ve added some instant contributors with the country’s No. 3 recruiting class. Steele also has UGA with seven returners on offense, including stud running back Nick Chubb.
Kirby Smart has a lot at his disposal, and this looks like the clear SEC East favorite.
At some point in time, it’s not the talent accumulation that’s the issue. It’s how the talent is developed and deployed that matters. Is that point in time this season? You tell me.