Steele’s 2017 Experience Chart

Bringing it all together — returning offensive line starts, offensive yards returning, defensive tackles returning and the number of players on the two-deep coming back — Phil Steele charts every D-1 school:

I conclude the series by combining the five factors into my final ranking. I then devised a formula that factors all 5 into the total points equation and then turned the point total into a number from 100 to 0. A (100) would be a team with 25 seniors (NCAA scholarship limit) in the two deep and every yard and tackle returning and 120+ career starts on the offensive line. A (0) would be a team with no experience and 0 seniors in the two deep.

Georgia comes out 12th nationally and second in the SEC, behind Auburn.

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11 responses to “Steele’s 2017 Experience Chart

  1. Greg

    And according to some, this is our weakest area, talent is everywhere. I have a feeling the OL will show the biggest improvement. I have seen us ranked anywhere from 10th to 14th in preseason. If the staff and QB position step up and have a good year….we could have a surprising season imo.

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    • Macallanlover

      You are right, we may very well have an excellent season, not guaranteed of course because there is always the injury situation, but it is a very reasonable expectation. All the Dawgrading here is the Nervous Nellies building a soft landing in place in case folks don’t do their job. Why excuse this in advance?

      An excellent season, imo, would be going 10-2, winning the East, and playing well in the SECCG. By getting to Atlanta, we have a one game winner take all that could result in an outstanding season should we win the SEC. I am OK with an excellent season, but we would be in reach of more. An SEC title is less than 50%, but it isn’t a long shot by any means.

      The OL isn’t going to dominate strong fronts but they can be decent in 2017. There is enough experience returning, and I new talent on board that is capable of playing well. Both freshmen tackles can contribute this year, and I feel at least one will start in the early stages. I understand the offensive concerns from many, have some myself, but I feel the defensive strength is being downplayed, or at a minimum not being factored in as a big boost to the offense. The defense will get the ball back quicker to the offense this year, and in better field position. This will make the offense more productive, even if the improvement isn’t significant. Not saying Dawg fans should bet their house on a big season, but should expect a successful season and stop poor mouthing.

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      • Otto

        I don’t feel it is making excuses in advance but a 3 loss team is reasonable given the OL and schedule. The offense starts up front. Does the team have the capability to put together a perfect season? absolutely. I would be very happy with a 2 loss season, and content with 3.

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        • Macallanlover

          Perhaps 3 could be acceptable if it turns out we have significant injuries for certain key games, or some of our opponents are much better than advertised. Difficult to deal with absolutes for future events, we all have opinions on what will occur.

          Two primary differences in our rationale from what I can see: 1) I don’t think the offense has to be great to go 10-2 or 11-1 because the defense is that good (think Florida the past two years and one under Boom) and, 2) I do think the OL is going to be much better than you seem to. That doesn’t mean we will be dominant up front, just not close to the ineptness we saw last season. We may be much better by mid to late season, but will likely struggle moving the ball against ND in the 2nd game of the year. Stated another way, we have had pretty good offensive production without a great OL until the last two years. I don’t see an offense as explosive as we had 2011-2014 but we shouldn’t need that kind of production with a stout defense holding opponents to fewer scores, and giving the ball back to the offense more times, on short fields. So if you don’t see the improved OL, or better defense being a big difference maker, you arrive at a different conclusion. Being overly pessimistic in this case looks too negative to me given the experience and talent across the board.

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    • MGW

      We’ve got a lot of experience, but the majority of the most talented players are still young. So yeah talent is everywhere, and so is experience, but experienced talent is not. Still, this should be a very good year.

      I expect about a 2007 type team. Meaning an awesome, but imperfect team. We have not yet arrived, but we should be very good.

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    • From your lips to god’s ears, my man. If the OL takes a leap forward this team could be legitimately good.

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      • Macallanlover

        Doubt we see it take a huge leap forward in the beginning part of the schedule but 2nd year in Pittman’s blocking scheme and a couple of developing young pups could make us noticeably improved before we reach the meat of our conference schedule. Pittman has gotten rave reviews, time to see/expect some results.

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  2. Uglydawg

    And that is where all “the love for Auburn” comes from. Why it doesn’t correlate into a similar love for Georgia is interesting. For Auburn, the “most” (returning experience) doesn’t mean “the best” in the SECW. For Georgia, I think it’s “the most” and “the best” in the East.
    This is looking more and more like a season of ripe opportunity for the Dawgs. The two wild cards are the O line and Coaching. If they’re even mediocre, we should all be happy come December.

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    • Otto

      The Iron Bowl was looking to be a showdown for the SEC before White was injured. Auburn is also returning their LT and Center.

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  3. WarD Eagle

    Lane Kiffen.

    Genius or Luckiest Man on Eath?

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  4. Some of his experience stats are meaningless. Take 2011 with a big, experienced offensive line. We can’t block freaking Boise State (yes, I know that team was damn good) and make big breakdowns against USCe to start 0-2. Take 2007 as the opposite. We start a true freshman at left tackle and finish #2 (or #3). It’s about talent … something we have lacked on the offensive line the last couple of years. I think we see Isaiah Wilson, Andrew Thomas, and the JUCO kid early and often this year, so our smaller tackles can move inside to play guard. I know everyone seems to think Wilson is a future star, but Thomas is the one to me that looks like the left tackle of the future.

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