You’ll see plenty of pre-spring practice pieces popping up over the next week as the Dawgs prepare to open spring camp. Most of the questions that’ll be asked are either in the too-soon-to-know category (offensive line being a good example), or just silly, but here’s one that is worth considering.
4. Is there a perimeter playmaker?
Receivers Riley Ridley (57) and Javon Wims (51) and tight end Isaac Nauta (50) each had a gain of 50 or more yards last season, but explosive plays were few and far between.
The top receiver and return specialist from last season, Isaiah McKenzie, is preparing for the NFL draft, having announced after the Liberty Bowl he is skipping his final year of eligibility. Terry Godwin was the MVP of Georgia’s triumph over Penn State in the TaxSlayer Bowl after the 2015 season, but he never reached the end zone as a sophomore.
Godwin, Ridley and Wims have the potential to give the Bulldogs some outside punch later this year, while Nauta could be the top mismatch for opposing defenses.
He’s not kidding when he writes that explosive plays were few and far between. Last season, Georgia ranked dead last in the conference in plays that gained 20 or more yards. That’s right — even Florida and Vanderbilt were more prolific. Given Eason’s arm as well as Chubb’s and Michel’s talents, that’s embarrassing.
How much of that can be blamed on scheme and how much on personnel is the question du jour. Regardless, they’d better start finding some answers in April, or 2017 is going to be another drudge of a season on that side of the ball.