Defensive tackle Jonathan Taylor was arrested and is under investigation for a possible felony assault, which is his second offense in the past few months and could very well result in his dismissal from the team. No matter how much we hope for good news or no news during the offseason, situations like this always seem to pop up.
However, it’s only a few more weeks until our attention can shift from worrying about guys being knuckleheads off the field to discussing x’s and o’s and the excitement of what’s happening on the field.
Georgia opens the season with a huge home opener on August 30 against Clemson. Both teams have lost a considerable amount of talent from last season, but both will be looking to prove they can be serious contenders for the national championship this year.
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The Dawgs found themselves in a hole after losing last season’s opener on the road at Clemson, and it will be key to avoid a situation like that again, especially with the second game being in Columbia against what should be a very tough South Carolina team.
When I look at this season’s depth chart for Georgia, it’s not a team lacking in talent.
With the recruiting success Mark Richt has on an annual basis, talent is rarely an issue in Athens.
Yet, Bobo will be turning the reins over to a fifth-year senior who knows the system and got some experience after Aaron Murray went down with an injury last year. The offensive line is young but finally appears to be a little deeper than in past seasons and has some young guys who have potential. And Pruitt with an inexperienced group in the secondary will still probably be better than Todd Grantham with loads of talent and experience in a secondary.
To me, the biggest key for the Bulldogs this season will be about limiting the big mistakes.
How many times last season did we see the Dawgs make catastrophic mistakes where they beat themselves? Whether it was on special teams, a terrible turnover on offense, or an incredibly stupid play on defense, UGA couldn’t get out of its own way.
Against Missouri, it was a fumble that the Tigers picked up and returned for a touchdown. On the road at Tennessee, it was a disastrous punt that was blocked and recovered for a touchdown. Against Florida, it was the lateral that Artie Lynch failed to recover that allowed the Gators to get back in the game. And at Auburn, well...let’s just say Josh Harvey-Clemons and Tray Matthews will never be forgotten for their actions.
I don’t expect Georgia to be perfect this season. They’ll be far from it. Fortunately, I doubt they’ll come across any opponents who play a perfect game. While the Dawgs don’t need to be perfect, they need to avoid making the huge mistake.
Hutson Mason has to avoid the critical turnover. The special teams units have to execute the fundamentals. And the defense, particularly the secondary, has to prevent the huge plays that can shift momentum in a game.
If UGA can do that this season, beating last season’s win total of eight shouldn’t be a problem at all.
Do you think the Dawgs can avoid making big mistakes this season? Leave a comment and let me know what you think.