2011 Georgia Bulldogs Team Preview
2010 Record – 6-7
2010 Pythag. Record – 9.20-3.80
2011 Rivals Recruiting Ranking – #5
2008-2011 Rivals Average Ranking – 7.00
2008-2011 Average Star Rating – 3.63
Georgia was a team that looked really bad early on, but once AJ Green came back, they went 5-4, and made a bowl game, ultimately losing to Central Florida in the Liberty Bowl.
Unfortunately, the main catalyst for the resurgence is gone, but that doesn’t mean that the offense will be completely anemic. Aaron Murray, the outstanding freshman quarterback, will be a sophomore this year, and could look to be a dark horse for the Heisman trophy.
Caleb King will lead the running backs this year, and will be almost a sure thing to start in ’11 after Waushan Ealey transferred. King, who 4-5 years ago was considered to be one of the best running backs to ever come out of the state of Georgia, even breaking a lot of Hershell Walker’s old records. However, his career hasn’t exactly played out like that, with him battling injury most of the time. But, this could be his one year to shine.
On the outside, you’ve got Tavarres King and Rantavious Wooten at the receiver spot. Both haven’t exactly been well known, but both are capable receivers.
The line sees the departure of Clint Boling, a very talented offensive lineman. However, there are some decent linemen. Trinton Sturdivant will be at left tackle. Kenarious Gates and Justin Anderson are the two guards. Ben Jones and Cordy Glenn are the two most experienced starters on the line, and have both started 12 games last year.
QB – Aaron Murray – 145.59 Net Points Produced, 3.222 wins produced, responsible for 53.7% of Georgia’s wins in 2010, QB Score – 1783, QB Score Per Game – 137.15, QB Score Per Play – 5.21, Adjusted Yards Per Attempt – 9.3, Attempts Per Interception – 42.8
RB – Caleb King – RB Score – 190, RB Score Per Game – 23.8, RB Score Per Play – 2.4, Yards Per Carry – 5.4, Power Number – 47, Speed Number – 50, Power+Speed – 97
WR – Tavarres King – QB Attempts Per Reception – 13.3, Receptions Per Touchdown – 9.0, Explosive Receiver Index – 156
WR – Rantavious Wooten – QB Attempts Per Reception – 51.3, Receptions Per Touchdown – 7.0, Explosive Receiver Index – N/A
TE – Orson Charles – QB Attempts Per Reception – 13.8, Receptions Per Touchdown – 13.0, Explosive Receiver Index – 155
OL – Trinton Sturdivant – O-Line Shares – 45.8
OL – Kenarious Gates – O-Line Shares – 26.7
OL – Ben Jones – O-Line Shares – 49.6
OL – Cordy Glenn – O-Line Shares – 49.6
OL – Justin Anderson – O-Line Shares – 3.8
Advanced Offensive Team Statistics
Plays Per 6 points scored – 11.7
Rushing Yards Per Play – 4.07
Passing Yards Per Play – 8.78
Run/Pass Ratio – 55.9% run/44.1% pass
Points Per Possession – 2.9
True Red Zone Percentage – 75.5%
Offensive Line Rating – 4.35
Truth be told, the Georgia defense was actually pretty good last year. The problem was that the offense couldn’t keep pace and left the defense hanging.
Up front, the leader is 5-tech defensive end DeAngelo Tyson. Paired with him are 6 game starter Abry Jones and inexperienced, but talent nose tackle Kwame Geathers.
The linebackers are a tale of two different worlds. First off, the guys on the outside have started a lot of games last year(Cornelius Washington and Christian Johnson), while the guys on the inside(Richard Samuel and Jarvis Jones) have no experience between them.
The defensive backfield is by far the most experienced portion of the defense, and is likely to be one of the best in a conference where there are a ton of good DB’s.
Brandon Boykin and Baccari Rambo are the two most experienced guys. Both had multiple interceptions and Baccari Rambo returned a interception for a touchdown last year. Both had multiple pass breakups, and Rambo was second on the team in tackles in 2010. Boykin was 6th on his team in tackles, and even had 6.5 tackles for loss in 2010.
Sanders Commings and Jakar Hamilton are the two other defensive backfielders, and both are very, very good. Commings tied Boykin and Rambo in interceptions, and Hamilton started 5 games last year as a sophomore.
Advanced Defensive Team Statistics
Plays Per 6 points allowed – 17.3
Rushing Yards Per Play Allowed – 3.46
Passing Yards Per Play Allowed – 7.42
Opponents Run/Pass Ratio – 61.8% run/38.2% pass
Opponents Points Per Possession – 2.0
Opponents True Red Zone Percentage – 76.3%
Georgia was a team that mostly underperformed in 2010. Whether that’s an issue of coaching, playcalling, or whatever is to be decided. However, I think Mark Richt would be wise to try and keep his team competing for a division crown in a very down SEC East this year, or otherwise, things could get very, very hot for the elder statesman of the SEC coaches. Things could get interesting real early when mid-major power Boise State comes to the Georgia Dome to face a pro-Georgia crowd in the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Classic.
2011 Schedule(Projected Results In Parenthesis)
September 3 – vs. Boise State – (Too Close To Call)
September 10 – South Carolina – (W 24-21)
September 17 – Coastal Carolina – (W 55-6)
September 24 – at Ole Miss – (W 24-14)
October 1 – Mississippi State – (W 28-17)
October 8 – at Tennessee – (L 21-23)
October 15 – at Vanderbilt – (W 35-14)
October 29 – vs. Florida – (L 31-35)
November 5 – New Mexico State – (W 56-14)
November 12 – Auburn – (W 28-21)
November 19 – Kentucky – (W 27-17)
November 26 – at Georgia Tech – (W 38-21)
Nick’s 2011 Prediction – 9-2(w/o Boise State game)
2011 Predictive Pythag. Record – 8.29-3.71