Thanksgiving. A day known for its massive feasts, eating turkey, and most importantly, giving thanks. As Georgia nears its second straight unbeaten season, let’s take a look at some key stats Georgia fans should be thankful for ahead of the holidays.
While Georgia fans would almost certainly rather score touchdowns than settle for 3 points. Jack Podlesney’s consistency is something bulldog fans shouldn’t take for granted. The senior kicker has netted 90.9% of his field goals this season, scored all of his extra points, and never missed a kick under 40 yards this season. Podlesney really is an underrated weapon for Georgia.
Losing a 1st-round safety by the NFL draft would spell doom for most defenses. However, Malaki Starks has improved a lot this season. The newcomer currently leads the defense in pass deflections, interceptions and tackles and has made some key plays during the season. One that includes a clutch rundown tackle to prevent a touchdown in the Missouri game. Without Starks, there’s a good chance the Bulldogs aren’t undefeated to this point.
Glenn Schumann and Will Muschamp
After the departure of Dan Lanning and 5 picks in the first round, many expected the Georgia defense to take a big step back from the 2021 season. However, co-defensive coordinators Glenn Schumann and Will Muschamp have guided Georgia to a senior SEC defense. While the defense isn’t quite the legendary defense of 2021, this year’s edition is still elite.
In the 2019 season, the Georgia offense limped through the regular season, averaging just over 30 points per game. Now, after 3 years, offensive coordinator Todd Monken has turned that Georgia offensive into a legitimate threat. Under Monken, the Bulldogs are averaging nearly 40 points per game this season and have become Georgia’s most successful offense of the Kirby Smart era.
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Stetson Bennett IV
Love him or hate him, it’s virtually impossible to mention Georgia’s recent success without mentioning the legend of “The Mailman.” Since taking the seed last season, the Bulldogs have amassed a 21-1 record, are currently averaging more points than at any time under Kirby Smart, and have won their first national title in 41 years. It’s likely that the story will be a lot kinder to Bennett than it was to Georgia fans. But now we want to say thank you for everything The Mailman has done.
Is that really a surprise? Head Coach Kirby Smart has awakened a sleeping giant in the Georgia Bulldogs and brought Georgia successes many fans believed only in their dreams. As Smart begins to build a dynasty through his elite recruitment, defense plans, and player development. We can confidently say that Georgia is a program currently living in its “golden years”, and everything is fine thanks to Kirby Smart.
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