Pro Football Focus has a list of its top breakout candidates for this season.  You’ll find four Georgia players on it.


With D’Andre Swift on his way to the NFL, the 2018 recruiting class’ top running back is the next man up for Georgia. White saw limited action in his 2019 redshirt freshman campaign but was an explosive play waiting to happen. Fifteen of his 78 carries ended up going for 10 or more yards, and he ended the year with a 75.6 rushing grade.


Blaylock was the 36th-ranked recruit in the 2019 class and came to Georgia as a top-tier athlete with elite change-of-direction ability. In his true freshman season, Blaylock averaged 10.7 yards after the catch per reception on his 18 receptions, caught 100% of his catchable targets, generated 3.1 yards per route run and produced seven explosive plays. Unfortunately, he tore his ACL in the SEC championship, but he is expected to be ready for 2020 and could play a huge role in a potentially lethal passing attack.


Georgia lost some key pieces to their offensive line in the 2020 NFL draft, and the 23rd-ranked recruit of the 2018 class, Jamaree Salyer, is one who looks likely to step up in their absence. Salyer has played only 360 snaps in his two years at Georgia but has looked the part in his limited time on the field. Incredibly, Salyer has logged a snap at every position on the offensive line, producing a 77.4 overall grade while not allowing a single pressure on his true pass sets.


Dean was a top-25 recruit in the 2019 class, receiving offers from powerhouses LSU and Alabama before committing to Georgia. In his limited role as a true freshman in 2019 (245 snaps), Dean very much looked the part. He allowed only five catches for 28 yards on 149 coverage snaps and even managed to mix in a couple of pass breakups. Dean most certainly will have a larger role within Georgia’s defense in 2020, and it wouldn’t be a surprise if he ends up being one of college football’s best off-ball linebackers by the season’s end.

It’s interesting that three of the four are offensive players.  Then again, that’s the side of the ball from where Smart needs the most breakouts.


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4 responses to “Breakout!

  1. W Cobb Dawg

    I’d add whomever takes over JR Reed’s safety position, be it Cine, Stevenson, Wilson, or someone else.

    Nakobe Dean must be a heckuva player to beat out the talent at LB. Ya know, the problem with having sooo much talent is that we don’t get to see some of these players on display as much as we’d like. Players like Nolan Smith, Jermaine Johnson, Adam Anderson, Quay Walker, Tindall, Marshall, Davis, Beal and McBride. Not a bum in the bunch, and that’s just the LBs! Any one of them would be a big contributor for most schools. Not to mention Rice, Grant and Ojulari, nor incoming 5-star Sherman. That assembly of talent is just incredible!


  2. Russ

    I think Zeus could have a breakout year. It took Chubb a year back before he really could cut loose again. And I really hope Blaylock is back healthy but I’ll believe it when I see it. I hope he’s able to keep up with proper rehab during this time.


    • Is it breakout or just the players meeting/exceeding their/team goals…cause Mr. White running over/around/past defenders, Mr. Blaylock catching most passes in his direction, then turning up field for niiiice gains plus Mr. Salyer pancaking and introducing defenders to the Dooley Field turf or Mr.Dean playing within the “D” scheme, sacks, tackles for loss…. these are all the reasons those student athletes enrolled to play football at UGA….breakout is something done unexpectedly…..or prison


  3. practicaldawg

    I question Blaylock’s availability given he’s been cutoff from the usual rehab resources during this whole shit storm