Daily Archives: June 13, 2018

Grounded offense

As I posted the other day, one reason Georgia ran the ball more last season than it did in 2016 was because Chaney and Smart were trying to give their true freshman quarterback time to develop without feeling the pressure of carrying the offense on his shoulders.

Another reason is Georgia was friggin’ good running the ball.

Rushing Offense

During the 2016 season, Georgia had 191.2 rushing yards per game, good for No. 50 overall in the country and ninth in the Southeastern Conference. In the 2017 season, Georgia had 258.4 rushing yards per game, good for ninth overall in the country and first in the Southeastern Conference.

Yards Per Carry

During the 2016 season, Georgia averaged 4.66 yards per carry, good for 54th overall in the country and ninth in the Southeastern Conference. In the 2017 season, Georgia averaged 5.79 yards per carry, good for seventh overall in the country and first in the Southeastern Conference.

Definitely a case of if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

And when you can combine a stellar ground game with an efficient passing attack, that usually leads to good things, like scoring when you’re supposed to.

Red Zone Offense

During the 2016 season, Georgia scored on 84.4 percent of its red zone opportunities, good for 64th overall in the country and seventh in the Southeastern Conference. In the 2017 season, Georgia scored on 96.4 percent of its red zone opportunities, good for fourth overall in the country and second in the Southeastern Conference.

Yeah, I’ll take that.

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“Well, I plan on spending $40 million.”

It’s always heartwarming to see the focus schools and conferences bring to their primary mission: academics their revenue streams.

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No time like the present

I find it interesting that of the 24 players in the 2018 signing class whom Jake Rowe projects their freshman year expectations, only six are seen as obvious redshirt candidates, and two of those because of injuries.  (Surprisingly, that does not include Zamir White.)

If he’s right, over time this class has the potential to be one for the ages as far as Georgia football goes.

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It’s shwing time at Butts-Mehre.

You can sense Greg McGarity’s woody from miles away.

To be a new Georgia football season ticket holder, a fan needed to contribute more money than ever for seats in Sanford Stadium.

It takes 23,900 priority points on top of the $275 per seat price tag for renewable season tickets, according to cutoff scores the school posted to its athletic website Tuesday evening.

Such is the desire for fans to see a Georgia team that nearly won the national championship last season in its first trip to the College Football Playoff. The Bulldogs are expected to be contenders again in coach Kirby Smart’s third season.

The previous top priority point cutoff was 10,651 cumulative priority points in 2008, a year after Georgia won the Sugar Bowl and was preseason No. 1. The number was 1,001 in 2014, 6,701 in 2015 and 1,201 in 2016.

A donor gets a priority point for every dollar given to the Hartman Fund for football season tickets, or a contribution to any other specific sport.

Magill Society donors who have contributed to major gifts for facility improvements get a point and a half per dollar under $100,000 and two points per dollar for over $100,000. Those donations are over a five-year period.

Only a year ago, coming off an 8-5 season, a first-time buyer could purchase season tickets for only 550 priority points, which was everyone that gave the minimum amount.

Jimmy Sexton may have sold his client a little short, it seems.

Borman said the new priority point cutoff that is more than twice as high as the previous record didn’t have anything to do with Georgia raising season ticket prices $25 a game for power five conference opponents to $75 per ticket and $5 for other games to $55. He said it showed that the price hike didn’t affect the renewal rate.

There’s always next year, though.  Plenty of room at the trough.

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