Quality programs will still have to deal with early departures to the NFL, and Georgia is no different. You just say goodbye and reload. Georgia has 12 starters back in 2019, 6 on each side of the ball, which is not much. But there are a lot of young people ready to play the leading roles, guys who had a lot of playing time a year ago.
The Bulldogs have a veteran quarterback back to Jake Fromm and a stable filled with big backs in the race that makes at least 5 innings. The receivers have a lot to prove, that is, to say something to the best teams. Everything is up for grabs
Defensively, Deandre Baker (American cornerback) and D'Andre Walker (linebacker) have disappeared, the other players must become stars. There are plenty of options though, thanks to 3 major consecutive recruiting classes.
Here is an overview of the projected starter mix and expected performance:
QB: Jake Fromm
RB: Andre Swift
RB: Brian Herrien / James Cook
Skinny: This could be one of the best groups in the country, with a quarter veteran and several backs that can be superstars. Georgia will want to get into the game, and this group will provide many fireworks. This is the third year Fromm, a savvy smuggler and an excellent leader.
LT: Andrew Thomas
LG: Solomon Kindley
C: Trey Hill
RG: Ben Cleveland
RT: Isaiah Wilson
Skinny: This group has a lot of talent and is ready to dominate this season, especially in the running. What's great about this band, too, is that there's a lot of depth, with guys like Cade Mays and Jamaree Salyer playing in various places.
Wide receivers / narrow end
WR: Demetris Robertson
WR: Tyler Simmons / George Pickens
WR: Dominick Blaylock
TE: Charlie Woerner
Skinny: The wide receiver group has not been proven, as the top five capturers from a year ago have disappeared. Robertson has the resume to be a star, but now it's time to show it. He did not even have a single catch last year. Pickens, who is 6 years old, was a 5-star rookie and 4th catcher of the class. He has already turned heads in the camp and it's only a matter of time before he gets out. Blaylock, another young dynamic and dynamic student, is no longer a starter at the moment, but we will list him because we think he is the guy who will have a huge escape camp. He was the No. 5 receiver in the country, behind Pickens. Woerner could have a big year of tight end.
OF: Malik Hareng
NT: Jordan Davis
DT: Tyler Clark
Skinny: Georgia was good against the race last year, but the pressure on the opposing quarters was a real problem. A Georgia team that finished the regular season with a 11-1 record was dead last to the SEC in bags per game. Andre Walker (7.5) led the team in the far side sacks, but he left. Herring must have a great year. True freshman Nolan Smith will also help, although he still has not figured out where he could play.
Sat: Walter Grant
Will: Monte Rice
Mike: Tae Crowder
Jack: Azeez Ojulari
Skinny: These guys may be the starters, but there are another half dozen guys who will see a lot of playing time in one of the deepest units of the team. There is not only a lot of talent, but also a lot of versatility. Several guys can play several linebacker spots. Anyway, Ojulari was pushing Brenton Cox before he was sent off, so there is no fall at Jack, and many young talents are ready to leave as well.
CB: Eric Stokes
CB: Tyson Campbell
S: Richard LeCounte
S: J.R. Reed
Nickel: Mark Webb
Skinny: LeCounte and Reed are perhaps the best pair of security in the country, and they are excellent in the game of passes and against the race. Stokes' s made a name last year by replacing Campbell in the starting rotation. Campbell, a 5-star rookie, will bounce back and have a great second year season. This group will make the difference by winning tight games this year.
K: Rodrigo Blankenship
P: Jake Camarda
KR: James Cook
RP: Demetris Robertson
Skinny: Georgia is capable of great games with all this speed and talent, and this should also match the special teams this year. Choosing a single man back is a bit of a shit. The kickers are excellent, and that's not an understatement. Blankenship has a big leg and is consistent.
Last thought …
Georgia is in a position to compete for division, conference and national titles this year, thanks to a full and loaded lineup. However, there are some holes and they will have to be filled quickly.
The biggest concern, of course, is the wide receiver, where the 5 best sensors of last year have disappeared. Tyler Simmons is the best catcher, and he has only 9 catches in 2018. This group has a lot of young talent, but at least two or three guys have to show up and be starters.
The kicking game is solid with Blankenship and Camarda, and the return game should be good too, with plenty of options available to replace Mecole Hardman, who was excellent a year ago.
All of these exceptional recruiting categories should begin to pay off this season. There is a lot of depth to the backstop, the offensive line and the front 7 in defense. This should allow Georgia to not miss anything if a wounded grave.