ESPN Names Georgia’s Biggest Concern For 2019

first_imgGeorgia's live mascot Uga on the field attached to a leash.JACKSONVILLE, FL – OCTOBER 28: The Georgia Bulldogs mascot ‘Uga’ barks in the end zone during a game against the Florida Gators at Alltel Stadium on October 28, 2006 in Jacksonville, Florida. Florida defeated Georgia 21-14. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)After blowing a lead to Alabama in the SEC Championship Game and being upset by Texas in the Sugar Bowl, it’s safe to say the Georgia Bulldogs were not pleased with how the 2018 campaign ended.Heading into the 2019 season, ESPN believes its identified Georgia’s biggest issue as the team tries to rebound.According to ESPN writer Alex Scarborough, the Bulldogs will need to work quickly to identify replacements for four top skill position players who left early for the 2019 NFL draft.Underclassmen Riley Ridley, Mecole Hardman, Isaac Nauta, and Elijah Holyfield have all declared for the NFL draft. As a result, Georgia will go into 2019 without its second leading rusher and top three receivers.Having quarterback Jake Fromm back for another season is great, but what about the cast of characters surrounding him? Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney left for Tennessee, and two of his top wideouts, Riley Ridley and Mecole Hardman, have declared for the NFL draft. So did tight end Isaac Nauta and running back Elijah Holyfield. The only good news is that other than center Lamont Gaillard, everyone on the line should be back.Ridley, Hardman, and Nauta combined for 1,532 receiving yards and 19 touchdowns on 108 total receptions – roughly half of the team’s aerial offense.Holyfield split carries with sophomore D’Andre Swift, and averaged 6.4 yards per carry for 1,018 yards on the season.While the Bulldogs have already received letters of intent from several top skill position players in the country, it looks like Kirby Smart’s team will be a little short on experience next year.[ESPN]last_img read more