Georgia is back between the hedges Saturday

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It’s time to leave last season in the past.

For the first time since the National Championship the Georgia Bulldogs take the field officially this week.

A lot has changed with Georgia after the disappointing loss to Alabama last season. The Bulldogs lost seven starters from their top tier defense and they also lost their dynamic duo at the running back position, Nick Chubb and Sony Michel.

However, a vast amount of talent is still in Georgia and they will get their chance to prove their worth this season for the Bulldogs.

Georgia will kick the season off against the Austin Peay Governors at 3:30pm at Stanford Stadium on Saturday.

What to Watch for:

Georgia QB situation:

After the spectacular year that quarterback Jake Fromm had last season, you wouldn’t expect that there would be a battle for the position in the 2018-19 season. Well, there is… 5-star quarterback Justin Fields has made his presents felt in the QB battle and there still hasn’t been a announcement yet on who will start Saturday. However, one can assume that Fromm will be the starter on Saturday but don’t be surprised if Fields is under center for a few snaps.

Running Backs:

For the first time in four years Nick Chubb and Sony Michel will not be listed on the Bulldogs roster. The fan favorite tandem has made their way into the NFL and it’s time for someone else to step up. Georgia, also known as RBU (Running Back University), will get a look at their young backfield Saturday. Sophomore D’Andre Swift is expected to get most of the carries, which should be exciting if last year was preview of what is to come. Also someone that stands out is freshman James Cook, it will be interesting what he can bring to the run game for Georgia. And don’t forget about Elijah Holyfield and Brian Herrien, I expect they will also get a chance to run a few times for the Bulldogs.

Georgia Defense: 

As mentioned, Georgia is only returning 4 starters from last years top defense, but that doesn’t mean the talent is gone. You should keep an eye out on how the Georgia defense plays together, with a lot of new faces in the starting lineup it could take some time for the chemistry to be at a high level. Something that is concerning is, who will take over the leadership role this season on defense?

Keys For Success:

Run, run, and run: 

Georgia main focus has almost always been to take control of the ground game and it has for the most part lead to success, “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.” It will be important that the Bulldogs get the run game going early because it will lead to a lot of open opportunities in the passing game.

No Fly Zone:

The secondary will be important in this game. Georgia doesn’t want to let big plays happen that could give Austin Peay confidence. The secondary will need to step up and show that nothing comes easy.

Humble Yourself:

The bottom line is Georgia needs to just stay humble and play their game. The Bulldogs are ranked third in the nation, however, preseason rankings don’t mean much unless you perform well. Georgia definitely has the upper hand on Austin Peay but anything can happen in the sports world.

Who to watch for:

  • Monty Rice – Linebacker #32
  • Richard LeCounte III – Safety #2
  • D’Andre Swift – Running back #7
  • Demetris Robertson – Wide Receiver #16
  • Justin Fields – Quarterback #1
  • Riley Ridley – Wide Receiver #8

 

Daric Clemens |@DClemens_

 

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