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Georgia Football: When Backed Into Corner, Richt Responds with Career-Defining and Season-Saving Victory
Georgia entered Saturday’s game with more questions than answers.
Could the Bulldogs find a way to move the ball against a better-than-average Sun Belt Conference defense? Could the home team contain an explosive offense designed to mimic some of the most popular middle school schemes in the nation? Could the Dawgs seize victory from an opponent with a winning record in FBS play – something previously undone this season?
The answers to those questions were, in order: yes, hell yes and definitively yes.
But Georgia did more than answer questions in Saturday’s overtime victory over Georgia Southern. The Bulldogs and head coach Mark Richt made a statement. And in the process, Richt picked up a career defining victory and saved Georgia’s dream season and hopes for a state championship.
In fairness to the highly-touted Eagles from Statesboro, things weren’t always easy for Georgia on senior night.
Cool scene. Entire UGA student section using flashlight app up on phones. Cool display of unity. Thousands of kids searching for an offense.
— Andrew Hall (@DudeYouCrazy) November 22, 2015
The victory required a masterful performance from Greyson Lambert, who inches closer and closer to securing the quarterback job every week. Lambert needed just 25 pass attempts to rack up nearly 185 passing yards, and his two carries for a loss of twenty yards were notably better than losing more than 20 yards on the ground.
Isaiah McKenzie, Mr. Do-Everything, was masterful once again, accounting for 37 all-purpose yards on six touches while fumbling for a TD return only once.
Even the offensive line was selective in its timing allowing running back Sony Michel to save his energy with only three runs in excess of six yards. Michel finished the game with 132 yards on 25 carries. He racked up 68 on those three potent touches.
Defensively, Georgia was decisively dominant against the option attack of Georgia Southern. Only three Eagles finished the game with more than five yards rushing per attempt and only four pick up runs in excess of 10 yards. When all was said and done, the Junkyard Dawgs held Southern to just 233 rushing yards and only a five-minute advantage in time of possession.
And as coaches across the country (most notable Ohio State’s Urban Meyer) collapsed in the palms of rivals, Richt rose to the occasion.
— Andrew Hall (@DudeYouCrazy) November 22, 2015
Rather than force the issue of a 7-7 ball game late in the first half, Richt held onto his timeouts and let Georgia Southern flounder about for nearly two minutes while going absolutely nowhere. Not wanting to appear desperate late in the game, he again refused to use timeouts during a Georgia Southern possession and opted to play it cool with short passes on offense.
Georgia now owns a victory over a bitter in-state rival. Georgia now owns a victory (and just one this season) over an opponent with a winning record in FBS play. Georgia now owns a legitimate shot at an elusive State Championship.
That’s all I got/
Justin Scott-Wesley. I’m sick of how this guy’s been characterized this week. Nobody’s saying anything intentionally negative about the former Bulldog wide receiver whose career was cut far too short by injury. But the “he could have been great if he hadn’t gotten hurt” narrative sells him short. Justin Scott-Wesley was great. There’s no debate.
The sum of his whole may leave much to be desired. But that tends to happen when you only log 25 catches in an injury-shortened career. But Scott-Wesley was just a notch shy of averaging 20 yards per catch. That’s crazy. And he turned in four TD catches on 25 receptions.
And in 2013, he proved his greatness. In the first four games of the season – before his career was derailed by Tennessee’s turf – he accounted for 289 receiving yards and two touchdowns on just 14 catches. He was the most explosive receiver on the team. And including a 67-yard performance in the 2012 Capital One Bowl, he racked up five consecutive games with at least 55 yards receiving.
How impressive is that five-game streak? Malcolm Mitchell’s never done it. Michael Bennett never did that. Chris Conley, now a Kansas City Chief, never did that. Artie Lynch, currently on the Broncos’ practice squad, never did it as a tight end. Tavarres King, who caught a few passes for the Bucs last year and is now on the Giants’ practice squad, never logged five-straight games with 55+ receiving yards. Marlon Brown, who’s in his third season with the Ravens, never had such a streak. Orson Charles, an NFL journeyman, never did it.
The last player to do it at Georgia? A.J. Green.
So don’t tell me that Justin Scott-Wesley could have been great. Justin Scott-Wesley was great. And that makes the injuries all the more unfortunate. Injuries didn’t merely prevent Scott-Wesley from reaching his potential, though that was part of it. Injuries derailed a glorious 2013 campaign and bright future.
Justin Scott-Wesley isn’t forgotten today. But make sure you’re remembering him for what he was. He was great. Period.
That’s all I got/
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Somehow this win over Auburn is incredibly underrated. That crowd. The surprise black jerseys when they were speculated but not really expected. One of my favorite game day experiences as a student.
That’s all I got/
Dude’s note: Unless otherwise noted, all recruiting data courtesy of 247Sports Composite Rankings.
Let’s be clear here: this is not another indictment of Mark Richt. I wrote that earlier. To be sure, this is an extension of that sentiment and as such this may touch on shortcomings of Richt and it may not paint the most optimistic picture of the future of a Richt-managed program. But I’m not going to state and re-state and re-re-state my stance on CMR. I’m not a #FireRicht guy at my core. I’m a “this isn’t working” guy. So I refuse to focus on the same broken narratives that premature Richt-haters have been pushing for years.
With that in mind, I think another false narrative needs to be addressed. Jacob Eason and the 2016 Recruiting Class can’t save Georgia football.
Here are the facts surrounding the notion that next year’s recruiting class will vindicate Mark Richt and save a program:
- Georgia has an elite recruiting class coming in.
- Mark Richt has influenced that class positively.
- This recruiting class features elite commitments at pivotal positions.
I can’t argue with any of that. But these items are also facts:
- Georgia’s recruiting class (currently ranked sixth nationally) still trails the two best teams in the SEC, Alabama and LSU.
- Ole Miss and Florida are within arm’s length of also matching Georgia.
- Perennial contenders Ohio State and Florida State are also ranked ahead of Georgia.
- Every head coach influences recruiting. That’s why James Franklin and Penn State have the nation’s fourth-best class.
Oh, also: none of this data is final.
And as it relates to recent history, it’s pretty damn hard to make a case for this class being significantly stronger than other classes in recent Georgia history. Recruiting isn’t an exact science. There are hits and there are messes. But consider these measurables:
- From 2011-2015 (the five most recent recruiting classes) Georgia boasted an average recruiting class ranking of 7.8. Right now, Georgia is ranked sixth.
- From 2011-2015, Georgia had an average SEC ranking of 4.4. Right now, Georgia is ranked third.
So there is improvement, but some of that has to be chalked up to early commitments. It’s worth noting that 13 of the nation’s Top 20 recruits are uncommitted and that pattern extends down the rankings. Many of the best of the best are still up for grabs.
Adjusting for the currently small class size (again, that’s normal at this stage), doesn’t make Georgia’s 2016 class look that much stronger than recent Bulldog classes. Over the past five classes, Georgia has boasted an average recruit rating of .90094. That probably doesn’t mean much to you (or me) in a vacuum, but it’s worth observing that this year’s class is projected at .9085. So as a reflection of per-recruit “points” this class is merely .00756 points ahead of recent history. By the same per-recruit measure, this class isn’t as strong as the 2012 or 2014 classes. To be sure, Georgia could fill in the rest of its spots with high-point players and raise its average. Or, it could not.
In fairness, that 2012 class was pretty spectacular.
Over the past five years Georgia has hauled in an average of 26 recruits. Projecting that total across 16 current recruits and their position rankings is difficult. But The Bulldogs currently have just two commitments from players that ranked in the top five of their position and age group in the class of 2016 and six that are ranked in the top 10. Over the past five years, Georgia has averaged 7.6 in the Top 5 and 10.4 in the Top 10 by the same measures. And again, recruiting rankings aren’t everything. We know that looking back, but it is worth remembering as we look forward.
There’s work to do for this class to be elite relative to Georgia standards. That’s not to say it won’t happen or to say it isn’t likely to happen. But I say all of this to emphasize that this class is very, very good but it doesn’t yet stand out compared to other strong Georgia classes. And it certainly doesn’t imply a head-and-shoulders-above-the-rest-program-changing status (think Ole Miss’s out-of-nowhere 2013 class).
Of course, the personified reason for optimism surrounding the 2016 recruiting class has nothing to do with numbers and everything to do with one player—quarterback Jacob Eason. I confess that I’m unusually excited about his potential. He looks like the real deal. But at this point Eason is nothing more than an elite recruit. And it’s important to remember that Georgia has had no shortage of elite recruits—even at the quarterback position.
Consider even the past five classes:
- 2011: Christian LeMay was considered the nation’s best pro-style QB in a relatively weak (as defined by recruiting rankings) QB class. He was ranked ahead of the likes of Everett Golson, Brandon Allen, Cardale Jones, Jacob Coker and Connor Cook.
- 2012: Faton Bauta was the nation’s tenth-best dual-threat QB. Why Georgia wanted a running quarterback is still a big mystery (even after his first career start and 3 rush attempts on Saturday), but he was mentioned in the Top 10 at his position along with the likes of Jameis Winston, Chad Kelly, Maty Mauk and a handful of legitimate starters at respectable programs.
- 2013: Brice Ramsey was a huge QB recruit and the nation’s sixth-best pro-style QB. How sought-after was Ramsey? Nick Saban controversially spent 90 minutes Skyping with the kid after he committed to Georgia.
- 2014: Jacob Park was the No. 5 pro-style QB in the country and the biggest controversy surrounded the notion that he might actually be a dual-threat QB.
Georgia’s problem has not been the recruitment of an elite quarterback. Georgia’s problem has been the inability to develop one of these guys (and that list includes Greyson Lambert who was highly recruited) into a valid option under center. And that problem won’t go away purely with the arrival of Eason. If anything, Eason extends the the excuse window of a program looking for change. After all, any rational person (meaning: anyone other than fans) doesn’t expect a total transformation under a first-year QB.
Georgia doesn’t have much of a hot-streak with first-year QBs (freshmen and veterans alike). How’s the Lambert/Ramsey/Bauta experiment playing out in year one? Hutson Mason was serviceable last year, but he wasn’t going to win games by himself and he wasn’t good enough to beat declining South Carolina or Florida teams or little brother Georgia Tech. Aaron Murray set conference records as Georgia’s QB; he also led Georgia to a 6-7 campaign as a freshman. Joe Cox’s one season as a starter: five losses. Matthew Stafford’s freshman season: four losses.
The reality is that even dating back to D.J. Shockley and David Greene, first-year QBs have yielded lower success (as measured by wins and losses) than returning starters at Georgia under Richt. In 2001 (Greene), 2005 (Shockley), 2006 (Stafford), 2009 (Cox), 2010 (Murray), 2014 (Mason) and 2015 (Whatever This Is) Richt’s teams posted a .6588 winning percentage. In all other seasons, his teams have posted a .7944 winning percentage. Over the course of a 13-game season (12 regular season games and a bowl), that’s the difference between winning an average of 10.33 games with a veteran starter and winning 8.56 with a first-year passer.
And that’s not a Richt thing or a reflection of poor personnel decisions. It’s not a Georgia thing or an SEC thing. New quarterbacks struggle. That’s a way of college football life. And it’s not hard to find statistics to support that notion.
Greyson Lambert, who once started at quarterback and is still probably the best QB on Georgia’s roster, ranks 31st in the nation in passer efficiency. Only one player ahead of him is a freshman. I say that not to imply that statistics tell the whole story or to indicate that Lambert should be good enough for Georgia to win, but rather to showcase that 18-year old QBs aren’t known for their dependability.
Even as it relates to Georgia, it’s hard to imagine Eason making up the difference quickly in Athens. The Bulldogs lost to Alabama and Florida by a combined margin of 52 points. If that gap were to be made up solely with improvements to the passing game, the Bulldogs (who have already thrown 10 total touchdown passes) would need eight more scores through the air. Guess how many FBS freshmen have thrown 18 TD passes this season? The answer is one.
But the broader issue here is not whether or not Jacob Eason can instantly be one of the best quarterbacks in the entire nation as a true freshman. The question that needs to be answered is how big of an impact could a stud quarterback—freshman or otherwise—have on this team? Football is a fluid game and each phase is intertwining, but how many recent disappointments lie solely on quarterback play?
- 2014 South Carolina: Hutson Mason led Georgia to 35 points in a hostile road game environment after a weather-delay. He hit on 73-percent of his passes, tossed two TDs and threw no interceptions. Georgia lost this game with some combination of special teams errors (missed chip-shot field goals), play-calling (though I disagree here) and an inability to stop the run late.
- 2014 Florida: Hutson Mason threw for 300 yards for the second (and final) time in his career and did not throw an interception. The offense as a whole was fine, accounting for 460 yards. The defense allowed more than 400 rushing yards.
- 2014 Georgia Tech: Hutson Mason threw a game-ending interception in overtime, but this game was lost by the defense (allowing 399 rushing yards on 70 carries) and special teams (the pooch kick).
- 2015 Alabama: No one played well here. No one. But this game was finished by Alabama in a five-minute period that featured Georgia’s defense allowing a 30-yard run for a score, Bama blocking a punt for another score, and Bama getting a 45-yard TD pass. Greyson Lambert was responsible for stalled offensive drives. But he didn’t give up that onslaught.
- 2015 Tennessee: If Reggie Davis hauls in the gift-wrapped 56-yard TD pass from Greyson Lambert late in the fourth quarter, then Lambert finishes the game with 335 passing yards, 3 TDs and no INTs and the game might not have been a Georgia loss. But even without that drop, Lambert didn’t contribute to Tennessee’s fourteen points in the final 64 seconds of the first half. He hardly came onto the field during that time period. He didn’t allow Josh Dobbs to rack up 430 yards of offense and five TDs.
- 2015 Florida: We could slice this one hundred ways, but I have a hard time for blaming Bauta (even with four INTs) solely for this loss. What was he supposed to do as Georgia’s third-best QB? He was put squarely in a position to fail and he succeeded at that calling.
The 2016 recruiting class and Jacob Eason may be great, but will that group fix special teams? Because special teams is a problem week-in and week-out. Will the 2016 class rebuild an offensive line? Because this veteran unit has struggled mightily this year. Will the 2016 class stop the run? Because Georgia’s allowed 274.5 rushing yards per game in six losses over the past two years.
Recruits aren’t the answer.
That’s all I got/
I’m out on Mark Richt.
This isn’t a hot take. It’s not an overreaction or contrived sentiment. I don’t even think it’s a contrarian opinion among the Bulldog faithful at this juncture. I’m not looking to get a rise out of you
But I’m out on Mark Richt. And I haven’t said that before.
I’m not an athletic department, so I don’t measure programs by revenue or profitability. I’m not a paid pundit, so wins and losses don’t mean all that much to me. I’m not a football expert so things like personnel packages, formations and advanced analytic data don’t dictate how I feel about a team. I’m a fan. So for me, the measuring stick of a program (and by extension, the success of a coach) is how much I enjoy watching a team play. And right now, I hate watching Georgia play.
And it’s not just because Georgia is losing. I can live with the ups and the downs and the agonizing moments that keep me coming back for more. And for the past several seasons I’ve been able to look past disappointing losses and occasionally unfulfilling seasons because I enjoyed watching Georgia football. I hate it now. I watched the Missouri game only during commercials of other games. I started the Florida game late and uncomfortably laughed my way through the DVR of the first half. It’s not fun anymore. And while Georgia losses may not be anything new, the sour taste in my mouth after Georgia games is. It’s just not fun.
- In 2014, Todd Gurley was an absolute pleasure to watch, and even when he was out watching the dismantling of of eventual SEC East-winning Missouri was a delight. It seemed we were uniquely postured to watch the torch passing from one transcendent running back (Gurley) to another (Nick Chubb) and games were fun to watch.
- In 2013, a competitive loss to Clemson and big wins over South Carolina and LSU gave way to a momentum halt in the form of a slew of injuries, but it was fun watching big games matter. It was even fun watching a backup quarterback (Hutson Mason) ruin an out-sized Georgia Tech lead to close out the regular season.
- In 2012, the offense was explosive, the defense was packed with star-power (underperforming at times) and the Bulldogs were legitimate national championship contenders. I had a blast watching that team.
- In 2011, Georgia bounced back from an 0-2 start to win 10 consecutive football games and reach the SEC Championship Game. That was kind fun – especially compared to 2010.
And though that’s an admittedly brief sampling of Richt’s career at Georgia and one more reflective of the bad times than the good, this context matters relative to my displeasure with Georgia football.
In 2010, Georgia posted a 6-7 campaign. In the first game of 2011, the Bulldogs were thoroughly outmatched by a Boise State team with less talent, fewer fans in the Georgia Dome and no business upsetting an eventual SEC division winner. After the game, I observed:
Mark Richt had over eight months to get ready for this game and failed to do so. I think we now have four months to get ready for the next coach in Athens. Yes, it’s awfully early in the season but it’s hard to anticipate this team turning things around for a victory against South Carolina this week. It’s hard to picture this team defeating Mississippi State, Florida or Auburn and Tennessee and Georgia Tech are becoming increasingly frightening.
I wasn’t necessarily “out” on Richt at that juncture, but based on the one-game sample size of 2011 and a losing season in 2010, it seemed he would be out. But even after a second-consecutive loss (1 45-42 setback vs. South Carolina) to open the 2011 season, my tone changed a bit:
In a weird way, this new frustration – frustration of losing a winnable game – is much preferred over the old frustration – frustration of not even being competitive. And, if South Carolina is truly the cream of the crop in the SEC East and the nation’s 11th best team, then why couldn’t Georgia make a run at any and every team remaining on its schedule?
And now, more than four year later, I’m back to that “old” frustration – the one I last felt (for the only time) in early 2011. But we’re not merely back there; we’re back there with a vengeance. We’re back with questions at quarterback (heading into week 10 at a program that recruits well), struggles on the offensive line, still no special teams coach/accountability and a defense that lives only to surrender 250+ rushing yards to Florida.
Heading into Saturday’s game, there was still so much to play for. The SEC East was not only still up for grabs, but Georgia was actually in a position to control its own divisional destiny. What’s more, that path’s continued existence meant the conference title was still theoretically achievable and if one holds to the notion that the football gods will smile down upon the winner of football’s best conference, then Georgia was still in the college football playoff picture. That was just a few days ago. Now, I can’t type such sentences without rolling my eyes and feeling like a troll.
The most damning aspect of Georgia’s program isn’t how laughable those dreams are now or even how technically possible they were just a few days ago. The most damning part of this program is that we actually believed there was some magic left in this season. That’s staggering given the little amount of “good” we knew about this team heading into the annual tryst in Jacksonville. In all seriousness, here are the only positives we had heading into the matchup:
- The Bulldogs were better than a Louisiana-Monroe team that has not yet won in FBS play this season.
- The Bulldogs were slightly better than a Vanderbilt team that is 2-5 in FBS play (when Chubb was healthy and could rack up 200+ yards of offense).
- The Bulldogs were better than a South Carolina team that was so bad its coach quit midseason.
- The Bulldogs were better than FCS Southern University.
- The Bulldogs were better than a Missouri team that is 1-4 in SEC play.
We knew those “good” things and that’s all we knew on the positive side, and we continued to think big things might be ahead despite glaring insufficiencies across the board. Losing magnifies problems, but we still felt there was a way for Georgia to be…well…at a minimum…Georgia.
On the flip side, here’s what we now concretely know on the negative side:
- Georgia could not compete with Alabama.
- Georgia was embarrassed by a more deserving Tennessee team.
- Georgia could not compete with Florida.
And that’s what separates the current state of Georgia football from all prior disappointments and renders the on-field product (not just the results) unenjoyable. It’s not the loss to Florida, Tennessee or Alabama that tarnished my faith in Richt. It’s not even the combined impact of the three losses. It’s that unlike in years past when disappointing and questionable losses occurred, these disappointing and questionable losses now occur so damn decisively.
Two of Georgia’s three losses last season were close (a 3-point loss to South Carolina, an overtime loss to Georgia Tech). The losses were disappointing and questionable, but at least they were close. As such, there was reason to think such setbacks could be overcome.
Four of Georgia’s five losses in 2013 came with margins of five points or less and the final four came after the team was dismantled by injuries. The losses were disappointing and questionable, but at least they were close. As such, we hoped for improvements and clung to “if only this team was healthy” narratives that had real merit.
So on paper, losses to the likes of Alabama, Tennessee and Florida may mean “more of the same” for the #FireRicht crew that demands a national championship or blood, but this season is distinctly different in its futility. I didn’t want Richt fired after the loss to South Carolina in 2011, because I saw fight and competitive spirit in that team. That team ripped off 10 straight wins beginning the next week and positioned itself for a hell of a 2012 season. Change seemed achievable back then. It doesn’t any more. And for that reason, I’m out on Richt.
To be sure, I expect Georgia to try things. Lord knows Right will try things. Hell, he started a third-string QB at QB and a second-string QB at punter. He will try to fix this. And I expect the Dawgs to keep their collective heads held high and say the right things. As Richt said after the game, Georgia needs to handle this situation like “men.” The implied subtext: we need to play with integrity and attentiveness.
As Richt said on his Sunday conference call, “We’ve got what it takes to turn this thing around.”
The problem is, Georgia has always needed to play like men. Effort, attention to detail, preparedness and execution have always been prerequisites for victory. And if there were no signs of such traits on Saturday in a rivalry game that meant everything relative to season-long goals, why would the team suddenly come to life now? What did Georgia gain between Saturday afternoon and Sunday evening that would imply this team was capable of a turnaround?
If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over again and expecting different results, Richt might or might not be insane. But we’d certainly be insane for expecting wins against Kentucky and Auburn. And as a fan, I’m OK with being a fanatic, but I’m not comfortable being insane.
Georgia has not scored a touchdown in more than 134 minutes of football. Georgia has given away or failed to convert special teams points in each of the team’s last 900 (or something like that) football games. Georgia’s defense still has a long way to go and it’s not getting there by giving up big plays. This team doesn’t consistently do anything at a winning level, and that’s why Georgia is losing.
So a winning conference record (beating both Kentucky and Auburn puts Georgia at 5-3) seems like an unrealistic expectation and 3-5 seems as likely as 4-4. And I think we all know Georgia Southern and Georgia Tech are perfectly capable of upsetting a Georgia team that is still haunted by special teams errors, plagued by a complete lack of offense and just as prone to “learning experiences” than “making statements” on defense. Sure, this team could still win 10 games (counting a bowl). But I think eight is the more realistic ceiling and seven feels all too realistic.
And the problem for Richt is that there’s no easy fix here, because we’re not talking about a handful of close losses by an injured squad like we saw in 2013. And we’re not talking about a slew of setbacks for a team that is young across the board like in 2010.
The problems are not merely an inch wide and mile deep and as easy to fix as changing one piece of the puzzle. Nor are the problems a mile wide and an inch deep as an entire roster needs to mature. Georgia’s problems are a mile wide and a mile deep and the answer might be a whole new puzzle altogether.
Even the most pointed-to perceived “answer” to Georgia’s troubles isn’t going to be an answer any time soon. The best defense of Richt right now is some variation of, “Just wait till Jacob Eason gets here.” Or “this recruiting class is something special.”
The reality is a true freshman quarterback is not going to elevate a program that is aggressively pursuing across-the-board mediocrity. Sure, Georgia needs help in the passing game, but expecting the passing game to improve exponentially with an 18-year old under center is foolish faith. And the passing game is just one part of the current rut Georgia is in. Further, if we think a class of 18-year olds will play better than the current bunch of 18-22 year olds on the roster, then something has gone awry in development. Young talent will not get Georgia out of this rut.
We’ve seen what Richt has to offer in the form of getting out of a rut. It includes a poor hire at offensive coordinator (though in fairness, that was not a reaction to a rut), loyalty to a fault that vests itself in a lack of accountability towards players who continually fail to execute in identical situations, a third-string QB getting starts with no gameplan alterations to fit his skill set and predictably disappointing results.
In fairness to Richt, this is a new rut specific to this season. Firing him in 2009 or 2010 would have been a mistake. But there were causes for optimism then. What are those causes now? Make a case for Georgia being on the uptick that doesn’t include administration intervention (new practice facility), the potential of future recruits or what a good guy Richt is (and no one disputes that).
We are witnessing a complete systemic failure at the program level. And as much as I love Richt and have defended him, and though I can’t place all the blame on him…something has to change.
The season is not yet over. A Wikipedia recap may someday look like Georgia was “a win against Florida away from winning the division” this season. And we may always wonder what “might have been” if Georgia held onto the lead against Tennessee. But the reality is Georgia deserved to lose to Tennessee and Georgia didn’t even deserve to be on the same field as Florida and Alabama.
And of all the commonalities Georgia shares with those programs – great facilities, highly paid coaching staffs, strong recruiting classes, rich history and traditions – the only thing differentiating Georgia from Alabama, Tennessee and Florida is that the Bulldogs are a program in decline. The others are doing just fine.
That’s all I got/