Damn, if this ain’t impressive.
Way back on July 31 when Georgia began preseason practices for Smart’s second season he didn’t talk publicly about getting to this position.
His goals were more specific:
—Improving special teams. Check. Rodrigo Blankenship is 17 of 20 on field goals. Grad transfer Cameron Nizielak is booming punts at nearly 45 yards per kick. Mecole Hardman is a threat as a returner.
—Being more efficient throwing the ball. Check. True freshman Jake Fromm is tops in the SEC and fourth in the nation in pass efficiency.
—Finding answers on the offensive line. Check. The Bulldogs have found stability up front with a group that has paved the way for a team that is eighth in the nation in rushing at 267.4 yards per game.
—Red zone offense and red zone defense. Check and check. The Bulldogs are fourth in scoring inside the 20 nationally and 34th in red zone defense, up from 113th a year ago.
I know I’m repeating myself, but what a relief it is to see major issues like those successfully addressed without seeing new holes open in the dike.