SEC East football previews: Georgia

By: 
COLLIN BRISTER
Staff Writer

OFFENSE

The Bulldog offense may be one of the best in the SEC in 2017, as they’ll return heralded quarterback Jacob Eason and running back Nick Chubb as they look to win their first SEC East Championship since 2011.

Eason struggled some in his freshman campaign, but that’s to be expected when you’re thrown in the fire as he was. He improved throughout the year, and there were flashes of brilliance that you could see were coming from him.

He has a big time arm, and Georgia has playmakers at the receiver position that can help them become a potent offensive team.

The Bulldogs will also return Chubb who looked a lot like himself at the end of the year. He suffered a horrific knee injury against Tennessee in 2015, and it took some time for him to recover from that injury.

Chubb provides a physical presence for the Bulldogs in the backfield, and his ability to run between the tackles was a key component of the Bulldog offense when Eason struggled.
The Bulldogs will have to be consistent in rushing the football throughout the year if they’re to be successful on offense, but Eason offers a dynamic playmaker at the quarterback position.

DEFENSE

Kirby Smart is known to be a defensive genius, and he showed that throughout the 2016 season.

The Bulldogs were able to play defense at an elite level at times last year, and that’s what helped them get to a bowl game, but they were also vulnerable on the ground at times.

Georgia Tech was able to rush the football on them consistently, and that was because the Bulldog linebackers struggled to get any type of consistent play.

Georgia is going to be a team to be reckoned with in the 2017 season, but they’ll have to have better linebacker play if they’re to be a SEC title contender.

Western Division Opponents and Non-Conference opponents

Notre Dame-Georgia will play Notre Dame in one of the more high-profile non-conference games in the 2017 season. Notre Dame will be breaking in a new quarterback, and that’ll give the Bulldogs an advantage.

Mississippi State-The Bulldogs will host another clan of Bulldogs as Mississippi State will head to Athens. With it being in Athens, Georgia will likely be the favorite.

Auburn-Georgia was able to beat Auburn last season at home, but it’s a different animal having to win on the road.

Georgia Tech-The Yellowjackets were able to win in Athens last season, and Georgia will likely be looking for revenge.

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