UGA Skill Position Players Have Had Unexpected Distribution Of Touches

UGA Skill Position Players Have Had Unexpected Distribution Of Touches

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UGA Skill Position Players Have Had Unexpected Distribution Of Touches


Football fans tend to have a special love for their favorite team’s running backs, wide receivers, and tight ends.

This is understandable; skill position players are the ones that touch the ball and score touchdowns, and therefore the ones that have the easiest route to making eye catching plays.

UGA fans should consider themselves lucky because the Dawgs have a seemingly endless stable of athletes in these positions, and this allows for ample rotation.

As one would expect going into the season, these wideouts and backs have all played well when given the opportunity. There are, however, a few surprises regarding the spread of touches and opportunities through the first 4 games of the season.

After losing last season’s lead pass catcher Javon Wims, it was vital for UGA that someone stepped in to fill the void. Mecole Hardman has done exactly that, and more. After catching just 25 balls last season, Hardman has been electric, having accumulated 492 all purpose yards and 5 touchdowns through 4 games this year.

Other receivers that appear to be taking their game to a new level this season are JJ Holloman and Riley Ridley. Holloman has already shown a knack for big plays, taking just 6 catches for 173 yards and 2 touchdowns. Ridley caught 14 balls last year including 2 touchdowns, but in 2018 he has already caught 13 with 3 touchdowns.

The emergence of Ridley and Holloman has come at Terry Godwin’s expense. Last year, Godwin had a breakout season, catching 38 balls including a catch-of-the-season candidate against Notre Dame. Despite missing the first game of the 2018 season, he still only has 2 catches on the year thus far.

Former number one wide receiver in the country Demetris Robertson made a lot of noise when he transferred to Georgia this past summer. Despite taking a reverse handoff for a long touchdown in UGA’s first game, Robertson has not registered a catch this year. He will be eager to break into this talented lineup sooner rather than later.

Sophomore receiver Tyler Simmons has started every game this Fall, which has been the reason for the lack of playing time for Godwin. Though Simmons has only registered two catches, he has excelled in run blocking. DawgPost reports that the reason Godwin and Robertson are yet to start a game this season is because Simmons is simply the better blocker.

In terms of the backfield, the distribution of carries has not been much of a surprise. Sophomore D’Andre Swift leads the way thus far with 40 carries, followed by Elijah Holyfield’s 36, James Cook’s 22 and Brian Herrien’s 17.

What is unexpected, however, has been the efficiency of Georgia’s two lead backs. Although both Swift and Holyfield have 2 touchdowns a piece, Holyfield has averaged a crazy 8.1 yards per carry while Swift has managed 4.8.

Holyfield’s sensational start to the year, as previously discussed, has certainly been an interesting development. It will be fun to watch these talented backs compete throughout the year.

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