Georgia is building a dynasty at a rapid rate and it’s no surprise. Georgia is a hotbed for recruiting and Kirby Smart didn’t exactly inherit a mess from Mark Richt. They were already built to compete, but he’s done a few things that’s set them over the top and looks to position them for a championship run.
First, Georgia’s depth is absolutely outrageous. When a team loses two running backs in the first two rounds of the NFL draft, you’d think they’d have a fall-off. But, it doesn’t look that way for Georgia. Elijah Holyfield and D’Andre Swift will take over for Bradley Chubb and Sony Michel. Additionally, five-star recruit Zamir White could probably start for most teams in the country.
If running back isn’t a talented-enough position, look no farther than the guy handing those players the ball. Jake Fromm took Georgia to the championship game in his freshman year, forcing fellow quarterback Jacob Eason to transfer to Washington. Also forcing Eason to transfer is five-star quarterback Justin Fields, who might be more talented than Fromm when it comes to arm strength and athletic ability.
Finally, Georgia just might have the most talented group of receivers they’ve had in the last 15 to 20 years. Terry Godwin, Mecole Hardman Jr. and Riley Ridley are all impact players and have had success at the highest level. They also have a freakish athlete at tight end in Isaac Nauta, who could probably start for a few NFL teams this year.
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Kirby Smart came in and instantly improved the defense and will look to improve on aggressiveness to force more tackles for loss. Deandre Baker and J.R. Reed will anchor the secondary and the Dawgs will look to youngsters to pressure the QB. One player Georgia will have to replace is Roquan Smith, who was potentially the best pass rusher in the draft. The duty could fall on the shoulders of talented sophomore Monty Rice.
The main reason Georgia can take down the mighty Tide is they are not afraid of them. They aren’t beat before the whistle blows. They’ve gone toe-to-toe with them and humbled them mentally. If it weren’t for a miracle heave by Tua Tagovailoa, the Bulldogs would now be displaying the College Football National Championship trophy.