One week from today we will be only one day away from Georgia Bulldog football. Oh. Yeah.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. There’s plenty of Bulldog news to chew on before the last weekend of your fall without UGA football, including:
What’s Kirby Smart’s plan for Mecole Hardman? "We plan to get him the ball." It’s a good plan, especially given that Smart also describes Hardman as being like Isaiah McKenzie only, you know, bigger and faster. Wowza.
Greg McGarity updated us on the ongoing facility renovations at Sanford Stadium and across campus. The main thing you need to know here is that it sounds like the bathrooms in Sanford are going to look much less like those at your favorite truck stop/dive bar. That’s a sound investment.
Georgia is closing in on setting the starting lineup on the offensive line. That may include a true freshman at right tackle. What? Me worry?
The coaches can say a lot of nice things about Andrew Thomas. Heck, I beat them to it by months. But starting a true freshman on the offensive line in the SEC is rarely ideal and rarely comes without some growing pains.
On the other side of the line of scrimmage, Georgia will likely once again find itself spending a majority of 2017 in the nickel defense (or the 4-2-5, or the 3-3-5, depending on your verbiage). No matter what you call it, SB Nation’s Richard Johnson has a nice explanation for how it became the formation franca of college football.
In non-football news, the Hoop Hounds’ conference basketball slate was announced yesterday. The headline matchup is pretty clearly the Bulldogs’ SEC opener on New Year’s Eve against Kentucky in Lexington. With a ton of returning veteran contributors and coming off a late season swoon in 2016-17, I expect Georgia fans won’t put much stock in the outcome of that one. UGA will also make road trips to Mizzou, Mississippi State, and Vanderbilt, a pretty challenging draw in addition to the customary home-and-home schedule.