The failing for Georgia the last two years has been too many hits at key spots on offense. Two years ago, the team lost Mecole Hardman and Riley Ridley in addition to other experienced receivers, and returned just 24 percent of its receiving production, an important tell for offensive performance. Throw in a new offensive coordinator, and Georgia’s offense plummeted. But if everyone expected to return does return in 2021, then Georgia will have more than 90 percent of its receiving yards back.
Georgia had 11 passes that went for 40-plus yards this season, tied for its most since 2012. And this year it was in a 10-game season. And every player who accounted for those 11 deep balls is due to return next season. Three of those plays were in the Peach Bowl.
It’s weird to see how much the narrative has changed in just one season. 2020 turned out to be the Year of Offensive Continuity, and Georgia was found wanting in that department. Now? There’s offensive continuity, in spades. Even better, much of the SEC portion of Georgia’s 2021 schedule will involve teams that don’t have what Georgia brings in that regard.
In other words, you have my permission to be a little excited.