Agree with his premise or not, you’re aware that Phil Steele puts a fair amount on emphasis on returning experience and production in his college football projections. He’s posted data on three specific areas, listed here, along with Georgia’s ranking:
- Career OL Starts Returning: Georgia 12 (97)
- % of tackles returning: Georgia 86.6% (3)
- % of Offensive Yards returning: Georgia 87.1% (16)
I don’t there’s much of a surprise in any of that. Other than the o-line, here’s a lot of production returning. Whether that amounts to more than a hill of beans is dependent on — guess what? — the offensive line establishing itself at least as a competent unit and just as a general principal, some coaching up. It’s the second year for the staff, so that’s not an unreasonable expectation… which isn’t the same thing as a guarantee.