There are a lot of reasons to believe Georgia is poised for another strong season in 2018.
According to an opposing coach, one may be the Bulldogs’ physicality.
Sports Illustrated interviewed several coaches and granted them anonymity to get honest answers on what they think about other teams entering the new season. And one anonymous coach believes that Georgia’s physicality is elite.
“Since [coach] Kirby Smart took over two years ago their scheme has looked a lot like Smart’s former team’s — but after a few strong recruiting classes, now their personnel is starting to look like Alabama’s, too. When we studied all our opponents, they were, by far, the most physical team, on both offense and defense. Facing their running game is like being in a boxing match with someone who has a big, strong right hand: You know it’s coming and you’ve got to take it. Center Lamont Gaillard is probably the best in college football. They lost two good running backs in Nick Chubb and Sony Michel so D’Andre Swift will have to shoulder the load, but he could be a star.”
However, the anonymous coach acknowledged that he doesn’t believe the Bulldogs’ running game will be as dominant this season, leading to quarterback Jake Fromm being challenged more. But he praised the Georgia quarterback, calling him a “smart, efficient” passer who will have “big-play opportunities.”
The Bulldogs begin their quest to return to the College Football Playoff when they open the season against Austin Peay on Sept. 1.