Georgia Bulldogs 2016 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart, Outlook
Georgia Bulldogs 2016 Preview
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With Mark Richt now in Miami, the Kirby Smart era begins for the Georgia Bulldogs. Georgia has won double-digit games in four of the last five seasons and hasn’t missed a bowl appearance since 2006. New coach or not, Georgia will not change its expectations given the history.
Here is your 2016 Georgia Bulldogs college football preview.
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Offense: Georgia’s offense is led by arguably the best 1-2 punch at running back with Nick Chubb and Sony Michel. Chubb has more than 2,200 rushing yards the last two seasons and Michel scored a touchdown in four of the last five games last season. Quarterback wise, Greyson Lambert returns after completing 63.3 percent of his passes for 12 touchdowns and two interceptions. However, Lambert has to be more of a difference maker. Terry Godwin returns at wide receiver after a solid freshman season and Isaiah McKenzie is a big play waiting to happen. The Bulldogs also return three starters on the offensive line, which is always a plus.
Defense: Georgia had the best pass defense in the country last season and returns the bulk of the players who made that possible. Dominick Sanders is one of the best safeties in the country and Quincy Mauger complements him well. Georgia lost a lot of talent on the defensive line but does have intriguing players such as Trent Thompson and Jonathan Ledbetter to help hold down the fort. The main concern for the Bulldogs is at linebacker, as Smart has mentioned there’s no leader yet and there’s experience concerns. The good news is that Reggie Carter returns from a shoulder injury. At the end of the day, Smart is a defensive genius who has a lot of talent to work with and should be able to get the most out of these younger players. Defense is really no concern for the Bulldogs this season.
Special Teams: Marshall Long or Brice Ramsey will replace Collin Barber at punter. Rodrigo Blankenship or William Ham will replace Marshall Morgan at kicker.
Outlook: Georgia has possibly the best secondary in college football and a duo of running backs that can carry an offense. Georgia has the potential to compete for an SEC East title, especially if Lambert can become more of a playmaker at quarterback. I’d still put Florida and Tennessee ahead of Georgia, but it’s going to be another solid year for the Bulldogs. I see anywhere from six to eight wins for the folks in Athens.
Sept. 3 North Carolina (Atlanta)
Sept. 10 NICHOLLS STATE
Sept. 17 at Missouri
Sept. 24 at Ole Miss
Oct. 1 TENNESSEE
Oct. 8 at South Carolina
Oct. 15 VANDERBILT
Oct. 29 Florida (Jacksonville)
Nov. 5 at Kentucky
Nov. 12 AUBURN
Nov. 19 LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE
Nov. 26 GEORGIA TECH