One thing you can say about Kirby Smart’s refusal to dip into the transfer portal — it’s made Bill Connelly’s job easier.
Connelly appeared on The Solid Verbal podcast for Tuesday’s episode and discussed several topics in the lead-up to the 2022 season, including his SP+ projections entering the new year. The Solid Verbal co-host Dan Rubenstein asked Connelly which teams is Connelly the most sure of based on the amount of data Connelly has to work with, and Connelly immediately pointed to the Bulldogs.
“I mean, no transfers. They didn’t take a single transfer this year. I mean, the defensive coordinator [Dan Lanning] left, so there is that, but you know the offense — we kind of know what that offense is going to be,” Connelly told Rubenstein and co-host Ty Hildebrandt. “And we trust even with the defensive coordinator gone — the last time they lost a defensive coordinator [Mel Tucker], they got better defensively. So, I’m not real worried about that side either. Like, they have really, really good pieces to replace. They’re projected third in SP+, a hair behind Ohio State and Alabama, but I feel we’ve got a very, very good read on them. Alabama too, if we’re being honest.”
And that’s with 15 players gone to the NFL draft. Reloading for the win, baby!