Season preview: UGA

By Matt Hilkert

This year’s story is about redemption: from the schedule to the key players that will don the red and black this season.  At quarterback, Georgia will be led by UVA graduate transfer Greyson Lambert. Lambert was riddled with injuries last year for the 5-7 Wahoos in a season that saw him throw more interceptions than touchdowns.  Some can chalk that up to the UVA talent level, but it remains an unknown until the season kicks off.  Lambert looks to be a very accurate passer and doesn’t try to force plays, but as shown by winning the quarterback competition, he is a fierce competitor who occasionally threw the deep ball when needed. Expect play very similar to what the Dawgs received from Hutson Mason last year.  Also, expect to see tight end Jeb Blazevich double his number of receptions and Jay Rome to drastically increase his production as new offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer employs tight ends often. The story of redemption continues with Malcolm Mitchell, a highly recruited receiver out of high school, who has shown flashes of greatness. Unfortunately, he has never put together a season that merited an All-SEC type year.  Expect that to change with a clean bill of health.  UGA’s schedule is tough and Lambert’s first true test is against Steve Spurrier.  This is another year the team should beat the Gamecocks.  Another game UGA has circled on the calendar is a rematch against Alabama almost three years in the making.  It was a gut-wrenching loss that had the Dawgs losing on Bama’s 5-yard line with no timeouts left.  This is a game I believe the Bulldogs will win but not the first time around.  The Dawgs will win out until they head to Auburn.  They should finish strong with back-to-back weeks facing the triple option against Georgia Southern and Georgia Tech.  Georgia will match up well against Alabama in Atlanta and will win SEC for the first time in ten years.


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