On Saturday, the Georgia Bulldogs will play their first game of the season against the Oregon Ducks.
The game was one of the funniest of the opening weekend. Georgia finished third after winning the national championship last season. No. 11 Oregon State has a new head coach, Dan Lanning, who was Georgia’s defensive coordinator last season.
Given that the Bulldogs lost 15 players in the NFL draft, this would be a very different Georgia team. Five of them were drafted in the first round, and they all came from the defensive end.
But Athens still has a lot of talent, even on the defensive end. Jalen Carter is seen as one of the best guards in the country. Kelee Ringo, like senior outside linebacker Nolan Smith, is ready for a big season.
Tom Fornelli of CBSSports said Georgia still has enough talent to return to make life very difficult for Oregon and its possible starting quarterback Bonix.
“I expect Georgia’s defense to remain one of the best in the country, even with the loss of players,” Fornelli wrote. “Kirby Smart and his staff are on that side of the recruiting ball. It’s done so well that it wasn’t expected to be eliminated.”
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In Fornellli’s opinion, Georgia has been one of the best signings in recent seasons. The Bulldogs signed the third-ranked recruiting class in the 2022 recruiting cycle, with freshmen such as wide receiver Dillon Bell, tight end Oscar Delpp, defensive end Michael Williams and safety Malaki Starks among others. Prepare to make an impact on Saturday against the Ducks.
247Sports recently updated its overall team talent rankings for the 2022 season. Even with this offseason brain drain, Georgia still has the second-best team in the country, between No. 3 Ohio State and No. 1 Alabama.
Georgia knows Sewell very well, as the Bulldogs push the linebacker hard in the 2020 recruiting cycle. When he signed with the Ducks, the Bulldogs ultimately missed out.
The Bulldogs have great respect for Sewell and Justin Flowe. Georgia must find and get their help.
“They have a very talented inside linebacker,” Smart said. “We recruited two kids here and tried to get here, and when they decided to come, we had some really good inside linebackers. We felt strongly that they were good enough to come and play here, so they were talented. “
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Georgia is familiar with the environment here, as the Bulldogs have played at least one game every season at Mercedes-Benz Stadium under Smart. Hopefully this is the first of two games in Atlanta this year, as the Bulldogs also look to represent the SEC East in the December SEC Championship Game.
Until then, though, Georgia knows it has to get its business done on Saturday. The game is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on ABC.
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