Ever since that dud of a showing in New Orleans, those in and out of the Georgia football program have looked with eager anticipation toward next season.
A big step toward next August’s opener at Vanderbilt in Tuesday with the start of spring practice. It’ll all lead up to G-Day April 20.
Like any spring, there is plenty to keep an eye on. Here’s some main storylines to watch.
Fromm. He’s the captain now.
Now more than ever, this is Jake Fromm’s team. There’s no incumbent starter to prove himself against. No ballyhooed freshman to fend off chatter of. This is Fromm’s team. Fromm’s offense. It’ll especially be noteworthy to see, even in the limited looks in spring practice, that new offensive coordinator James Coley goes with (our kingdom for more TE usage!) compared to his orange-clad and weighted in the wallet predecessor, Jim Chaney.
That’s not to say that the play behind Fromm will not be worth looking at. Stetson Bennett is back in Athens after a year in JUCO, and early enrollee Dwan Mathis is on campus as well. No pressure on Mathis, or anything, but all he has to do is ease fears of what Georgia lost in Justin Fields’ departure.
Fromm won’t have a shortage of weapons in the backfield between D’Andre Swift, Brian Herrien, James Cook and Zamir White as he moves toward a much-anticipated appearance Between The Hedges.
Wanted: Pass Catchers
As experienced as Georgia is in the backfield, holes are needed to be filled at receiver. Mecole Hardman, Terry Godwin and Riley Ridey are gone, as are tight ends Isaac Nauta and Luke Ford.
Jeremiah Holloman emerged as last year went on, and he’s the leader more of less as this group goes into the spring along with the not-offsides Tyler Simmons. The lack of proven talent flings the door wide open for receivers to gain an upper hand in spring practice. Demetris Robertson, despite his heralded transfer, never gained footing in Georgia’s receiving depth chart last year.
Go Time For Young Lineman
On the offensive line, last year saw Trey Hill emerge as a key contributor despite his inexperience. Another freshman from last year, Jamaree Salyer, a player rated as once in a lifetime at his position as a recruit, is among those primed to move up the depth chart on Georgia’s interior offensive line. It’s obviously a crowded group, but it’ll be exciting to see as Salyer and UGA’s other young linemen fight for playing time under Sam Pittman.