The big news in Athens recently is that true freshman Jacob Eason is likely to be name the starter to start the season. Andy why not? We know what Lambert can bring to the table and it's not great. Eason has the better arm of the two still in this race, and can bring a downfield threat in the passing game that was missing last year. If I'm coach Chaney, I'm letting Eason throw a couple quick passes to start, possibly to the tight ends, and get him comfortable first. The Bulldogs have one of the best backs in America in Nick Chubb, so it's not like the team is relying on Eason to win the game. Get him some experience in a big game, but give him a simple gameplan that he can work with. Even if he does make a mistake or two, which he will, he's going to make them anyway. It's better he makes his mistakes early in the year and hopefully learn from them, instead of making them against Tennessee, Florida, Auburn, and Tech. I think it's a smart decision to start Eason.
As for the running backs, it looks like Chubb is ready to go. Brendan Douglass is also listed as a starter, but I'm expecting 125 yards on the ground and two scores from Chubb on Saturday. That's expecting a lot from a guy coming off major knee surgery, but I really think Chubb will have a big night against the Tar Heels. I'm expecting to see a little bit of Sony, some Douglass, and some Holyfied as well if he's healthy. I do not know the severity of the injury. Either way, I feel like Georgia should have success on the ground in the Dome.
I'm still a little worried about the offensive line. Pyke seemed to drop off last year, and will be needed to play like he did in 2014 for Georgia to have success on the line. Isaiah Wynn is solid and possibly the best lineman on the team. Not worried about him wherever he plays, but guard looks like the best option. Catalina, well he's a JC transfer coming in, so I'm not sure what he brings to the table. I know he's big, but Georgia will certainly need him to have a big year. Let's hope it happens. I like Kublanow at center and think he will be alright there. Veteran guy who can make sure everyone knows what's going on. Dyshon Sims is another question mark for me. Overall I was a little worried back in the fall, but from what I'm hearing, this offensive line could turn out to be pretty good.
At receiver, The Bulldogs really need someone to step up opposite Godwin. The sophomore has great hands and athleticism, but he still has work to do. JC transfer Javon Wims certainly has the size to be a read zone threat, but he's still an unknown right now. His film is great and there's a ton of upside to him though. Riley Ridley is a guy I think could have a big season. He might be a freshman, but he's 20 years old. He runs a good route, shows good hands, and can be an instant impact guy this year. I'll always be skeptical of Reggie Davis' hands, but his speed and explosiveness can't be ignored. The Bulldogs would love nothing more than for him to have a breakout senior season. Michael Chigbu and Jayson Stanley are two others who are capable of making an impact in 2016.
The tight end position might be the deepest group on the team. Jeb Blaevich is looking to have a big junior season after a lowly sophomore campaign, and will be an easy target for Eason early on. Sophomore tight end Jackson Harris is a complete tight end who can block and catch. He had a great spring game and another solid tight end option in the passing game. Freshman Isaac Nauta and Charlie Woerner and both great athletes who are mismatches for linebackers. I'm expecting both to play in 2016, and both to have solid careers in Athens the next three years,