How Well Will Stacy Searels Adjust In-Game?
There are two lines of thought when you are looking for an assistant coach position on the staff. Is the person the best coach, or the best coach for what you need? Searels was probably not the trendy hire you may have thought of when Matt Luke stepped away, but he has a track record of coaching up offensive linemen that do what’s needed.
That, of course, includes his time in Athens, where he did elevate the offensive-line play, but some of that may have been overexaggerated by Knowshon Moreno, depending on who you talk to fan-to-fan.
At the end of the day, one thing to watch Saturday is if Oregon has success getting to Stetson Bennett and clogging running lanes is how quickly Searels adjusts.
How much will inexperience hold back talent?
Sure, multiple players getting ready for the opening weekend of the NFL are no longer on this Georgia defense. But with guys like Kelee Ringo and Nolan Smith leading a group of young players, the opportunity is there for guys to step up. No doubt, there is talent on this defense, but a good part of that has not seen time in meaningful moments. How will they react? We’re about to find out.
Bo Nix...was it the player or Auburn?
With Bo Nix under center, one of the more maligned players in recent Auburn football history will get another shot against Georgia.
He’ll obviously be motivated to not just see Georgia, but also prove that he’s not damaged goods, that his results on The Plains were more of the offensive quagmire than whoever was lined up at quarterback.
If Georgia can limit him from extending plays, it’ll be the Bo Nix Georgia’s defense has clamped down on. If not, it could indirectly make things tougher for Bryan Harsin.