ESPN came out with a “way-too-early top-25” for 2018 and the Georgia Bulldogs came in at No. 5 on the list.
Georgia has seven starters returning on offense, five on defense and one from the special teams.
Georgia will have a lot of key positions to fill next season with Nick Chubb, Sony Michel, Javon Wims, Davin Bellamy, Lorenzo Carter, Roquan Smith (most likely), Aaron Davis, Dominick Sanders, Malkom Parrish, John Atkins and Isaiah Wynn all leaving.
Topping the list on the offensive side will be replacing the running back duo of Chubb and Michel. Georgia will be looking at D’Andre Swift, Elijah Holyfield, Brian Herrien and incomers James Cook and Zamir White (Zeus) to fill those holes. Cook is the No. 3 running back in the nation, while White is the No. 1 running back in the nation coming in this season.
Swift exploded onto the scene this year as a true freshman, rushing for 618 yards, averaging 7.6 yards per carry and three touchdowns. Swift also contributed through the air with 17 receptions for 153 yards and one touchdown. Swift’s 64-yard rushing touchdown in the SEC Championship put a dagger in the Auburn Tigers.
With Jake Fromm at the helm and the No. 1 quarterback in the nation, Justin Fields, coming in, Georgia will be relying on Fromm to carry this offense to another Title game. As a true freshman, Fromm put together a special season, winning the SEC Championship and becoming the first true freshman quarterback to ever win the Rose Bowl.
Fromm is coming off a season where he put together 2,615 passing yards, completing 62.2 percent of his passes for 24 touchdowns and a 160.1 passer rating. In addition to his passing, Fromm ran for 79 yards and three touchdowns.
Defensively, replacing their stout line-backing core will be key and Georgia has the talent from their 2017 recruiting class and this year’s No. 1 ranked class in the nation. From the 2017 recruiting class, Georgia has four four-star recruits, Jaden Hunter, Nate McBride, Walter Grant and Monty Rice. The 2018 recruiting class is bringing in the No. 1 ranked OLB, five-star Adam Anderson and four-star Channing Tindall.