Anonymous Rival Coaches Discuss Georgia Football

Anonymous Rival Coaches Discuss Georgia Football

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Anonymous Rival Coaches Discuss Georgia Football


In this week’s Sports Illustrated, anonymous rival coaches gave their analysis of the top 20 teams in the nation. Rival coaches talk about the physicality of Kirby Smart’s Georgia team, the presence of Jake Fromm and the defense reloading. Catch their analysis:

“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,” an opposing coach said.

“The Bulldogs’ are poised to field one of the best rushing attacks in college football, even though they just graduated the most prolific duo in college history.”

“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,” a coach said.

“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.”

“Quarterback Jake Fromm returns after one of the most efficient true freshman seasons in the last decade, where he threw for 2,615 yards, 24 touchdowns, and only seven interceptions as a true freshman in 2017, and is expected to have complete freedom to run the offense in year two. He will now work under James Coley, the newly-appointed co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, who, while at Miami, helped Brad Kaaya win the ACC Rookie of the Year in 2014 after throwing for 3,198 yards, 26 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions. Already seen as one of the most efficient passers in college football, Fromm stands a good chance  of putting up big numbers in his second season.”

“Quarterback Jake Fromm is smart, efficient and doesn’t make mistakes,” the rival coach said. “He’ll be challenged more this season because the run game won’t be quite as dominant, but he’ll have a weapon in wide receiver Riley Ridley. He’s going to get one-on-one coverage because teams will stack the box, so Fromm will have some big-play opportunities.”

“The Bulldogs’ defense, which has to replace Butkus Award winner Roquan Smith, Lorenzo Carter, Davin Bellamy, Dominick Sanders, Aaron Davis, John Atkins, and Malkom Parrish, still figures to be solid once again in 2018.”

“They’re sound defensively—they don’t blitz you and do all of that exotic stuff,” the rival coach said. “They just line up and say, Let’s play football. You’ve got to go mix it up to beat them.”

The Dawgs open the season with Austin Peay in Athens on September 1. Kick off is set for 3:30 p.m. ET and ESPN will nationally televise the game.

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