Giddy up

Shot ($$)

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.

Chaser ($$)

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.


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26 responses to “Giddy up

  1. Hogbody Spradlin

    2012 was fun to watch, other than the one we gakked up against SC.
    My memories:
    — Uncle Verne: “NEEDS a BLOCK, gets it . . TOUCHDOWN GEORGIA!”
    — Chris Conley’s tragic catch in the SECCG and getting redemption with that beautiful long play in the bowl game.
    — Alec Ogletree. You know what I mean.
    — Drooling Lou getting to say ‘told ya so’ at halftime. Lou, take your aricept, eat your creamed cauliflower, wipe your chin, change your diaper, and shut up.

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    • californiadawg

      I’ve watched that Malcom Mitchell TD on YT more times than I want to admit. Also Ogletree whipping that tech player like a rag doll is my all-time favorite tackle.


  2. ApalachDawg aux Bruxelles

    2021 – the year UGA football stands alone atop the SEC and mnc – finally all the pieces are in place – the run is about to be epic – i predict it will be so legendary that Muson will need to edit the jumbotron opening to include what JT and crew do in ‘21.
    Ain’t no stoppin’ us now…

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  3. Down Island Way

    Chicks dig the long ball….

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  4. armydawg

    All the player pieces are in place, but the coaches have some work to do. Monken needs to lean on Matt Luke to get the o-line up to standard. We need to keep JT clean and safe so he can work his magic. Secondary and LB coaches need to show these guys how to defend the short & medium throws. Run defense needs to tighten up some. Kirby needs to morph into a killer and score & score some more. I’d love to see some gadget plays from Monken every so often. Tackling could use a little tune-up. I have no doubt that with a good off-season these will be addressed. How many days till G-Day?

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    • W Cobb Dawg

      Great summary. It seems like the coaching goes into a coma at times.
      Example #1 – we had a terrific jumbo package early in the season with Carter and Davis moving over to the O. Just as quickly as we found success, it was gone.

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  5. gotthepicture

    Let’s see what the OL and D look like for next year. I swear, if we manage to get the O and D on highs in the same season, we will own everyone.

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  6. originaluglydawg

    That long ball stat from this year is without games against Vandy and NATS.
    It would have been a good bit higher, if.

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  7. bwaredogs

    Blaylock should be 100% by then too.

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  8. barneydawg

    .This will be then 2nd year with Luke’s blocking scheme. If we can have spring training, I am hoping for a better, more consistent result next year from the O-line. We sure need practice against that scheme that both Miss State and Cincy used.


  9. UGADawgGuy

    Returning talent at offensive skill positions looks almost unprecedentedly great going into the 2021 season.

    But with only three or four returning starters on defense and three-fifths of the offensive line being new starters…color me skeptical.


    • siskey

      You have good points and those should be concerns but this may be the worst version of the East since 2013 or 2016. Our toughest division game may be Mizzou?


  10. Rat poison. Run the Bama replay in the locker room on continuous loop to remind everyone how far from the gold standard we still are.

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    • Exactly right! I’ll believe the pieces have all come together when I see it. We’ve taken a step back each year since 2017 and we are further from Bama this season than we were then. Hopefully, we can finally pull everything together at once and get back to being in the discussion. We’ll see.