According to the reaction of many in the Georgia faithful, and the litany of stories surrounding controversies that don’t actually exist, the sky is falling. I’m here to tell say, after carefully reviewing the game, that is simply not the case. Georgia did a lot of encouraging things offensively against Alabama, and there are plenty indicators of future success.
The first indicator of future success is the play of the Georgia offensive line. Not including sack yards, Georgia generated 159 yards on 28 carries for an average of 5.7 yards per carry. Ignore the fact that for some reason Georgia got away from the running back in the second half. If UGA is able to muster even close to the 5.7 yards per carry mark going forward, then their offense will be extremely difficult to stop. The offensive line is gelling and even more depth is growing behind the current starters. Expect to see a full blown emergence of RBU in the next 6 games will Kendall Milton receiving more carries as well.
The second factor that Georgia fans should be encouraged by is play design. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen receivers running wide open the way that Georgia receivers were on Saturday versus Alabama. Admittedly, Stetson Bennett IV missed some in critical times, but he also hit quite a few. There were some dropped balls also. The difference between Georgia and Alabama on offense at the moment is the fact that when a 50/50 ball goes up, Alabama comes down with it. Georgia has to continue to take their shots down the field and it’s important for Bennett IV to improve on some of the decisions he made Saturday, but the scheme itself is putting strain on defenses and that combined with an opportunity to clean things up on a bye week and increased execution going forward equals even more offensive production.
Georgia’s 414 yards of offense versus Alabama was better than 8 of Georgia’s games in 2019. Even in a performance that included 3 turnovers, Georgia’s 24 points were as good as if not better than 7 of their games from a year ago. So yes, there is a room for improvement for sure. Execution and play design have to mesh simultaneously, but make no mistake the elements are there unlike the offenses of the past 2 seasons. Stetson Bennett IV’s experience he just gained in Tuscaloosa will prove invaluable going forward as he is the guy at UGA, regardless of the opinions of some, for the Kentucky game and going forward from what I’m gathering. Look for a concerned effort to have more balance and for Stetson Bennett IV to stress defenses with his legs both by sprint/roll outs and also improv.
Balance and Monken’s creative play design, with the natural playmaking ability and added learning experiences of Stetson Bennett IV, will produce an efficient and explosive offense going forward. Pro Football Focus grades every play from every team throughout the season. PFF has Stetson Bennett IV as the highest graded QB versus man coverage in 2020 in all of college football. Also, Kendall Milton is averaging the most yards per carry after contact of any running back in the SEC. Georgia will not finish another game this year with 28 carries or less by ball carriers. They are going to commit to running the ball behind an offensive line that is playing well and create those one on one, man coverage looks, on the outside that Stetson Bennett IV succeeds against.
Highest-graded QBs vs man coverage:— PFF College (@PFF_College) October 21, 2020
1. Stetson Bennett, Georgia – 92.9
2. Spencer Rattler, Oklahoma – 91.4
3. Mac Jones, Alabama – 91.0 pic.twitter.com/5qNZ7GNSEE
The SEC rushers who average the most rushing yards after contact entering Week 5 – min 15 att— SEC StatCat (@SEC_StatCat) October 22, 2020
1. K. Milton 4.29
2. I. Spiller 4.03
3. D. Pierce 4.00
4. J. Emery 3.95
5. B. Robinson 3.94
6. T. Bigsby 3.64
7. T. Badie 3.60
8. M. Davis 3.44
9. AJ Rose 3.43
10. C. Rodriguez 2.93