Georgia football has plenty of weapons at its disposal in 2022.
Much of the talk in Athens these days is about how much defensive talent Georgia football is losing. There aren’t many people talking about how much talent the offense is bringing back. However, they really should be. Georgia’s offensive unit was one of the most explosive in the nation last year. They went deep on only 12.4% (54th in Power 5) of their offensive snaps in 2021, yet they were still one of the most explosive passing offenses in the Power 5 hitting on a 15+ yard passing play 21.2% (2nd in Power 5) of the time according to an article by Brent Rollins of UGASports.com.
Todd Monken improved Georgia’s 32.3 points per game in 2020 to 38.6 points per game in 2021. He improved Georgia’s 424.1 yards per game in 2020 to 442.9 yards per game in 2021. He also improved Georgia’s 6.21 yards per play in 2020 to 6.98 yards per play in 2021. There is reason to believe this is not the final improvement that Georgia’s offense can make.
Georgia football retains 60.4% of its total yardage production from last year and 62% of its total touchdown production from last season. They retain 71.8% of its receiving yards and 82% of its receiving touchdowns from last season. They retain 45.5% of their rushing yards and 34.5% of their rushing touchdowns from last season.
Monken is back for a third season and he may have his most talented group of offensive athletes to date. That isn’t said lightly either. Gone are George Pickens, Jermaine Burton, Jamaree Salyer, and Justin Shaffer. These will be some very tough players to replace. However, Georgia football has some very talented athletes on campus ready to replace their snaps.
Georgia football’s cupboard is far from empty.
First and foremost let’s get this out of the way, Stetson Bennett has proven he can lead Georgia’s offense to the mountain top. All of the achievements Georgia football saw its offense gain in 2021 were due to The Mailman delivering. He is back in 2022 ready to take another step in his development. Brock Vandagriff and Carson Beck are also ready to become the starter if they can beat Bennett out in camp.
Adonai Mitchell is ready to breakout while Arian Smith and Kearis Jackson are healthy once again. Georgia football also brings back Ladd McConkey, Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint, and Dominick Blaylock. The 2022 cycle also saw them bring in speedster CJ Smith a 4-star receiver from Orlando Florida. Smith runs 10.3 in the 100-meter (about a 4.3 in the 40).
The running back room is also in good hands. With the loss of both Zamir White and James Cook, Kenny McIntosh and Kendall Milton look to get the majority of the carries. When asked about his expanded role McIntosh recently told reporters, “I’m ready to take on whatever [Coach Smart needs me to], whether that’s special teams or whatever my team needs me to do, whatever it takes to win.”
Arik Gilbert is also back with the team and Oscar Delp has been added through the 2022 cycle. Georgia football could very well have the best Tight End room in the nation with Brock Bowers, Darnell Washington, Ryland Goade, Brett Seither, Gilbert, and Delp. This matchup is going to cause SEC Defensive Coordinators to lose a lot of sleep in 2022.
Broderick Jones is looking to push for a starting spot on the offensive line, and Tate Ratledge is healthy as well. Georgia returns starting center Sedrick Van Pran-Granger and starting right tackle Warren McClendon. Don’t be surprised if Amarius Mims also finds a spot in the rotation. However, that will all depend on new Offensive Line coach Stacy Searels.
Georgia football is stacked on offense coming into 2022. There is no reason why they shouldn’t be one of the top units once again. Monken has the pieces and has shown he is more than capable of using them. The defense may take a step backward this season but be prepared for Georgia’s offense to dominate in 2022.
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