Charlie Woerner

Charlie Woerner

Georgia’s offense took a huge leap last season and according to tight end Charlie Woerner the Bulldogs could do it again this year. In 2016 every game proved to be an offensive struggle. Then in 2017 Georgia scored over 35 points a game and seemed to have answered the offensive woes. The Bulldogs had one of the nation’s top rushing attacks last season and one of the most efficient passing games. Even without veterans Nick Chubb, Sony Michel and Isaiah Wynn, Georgia’s off to a great start when it comes to preparing for this season.

“I would definitely say we’re ahead,” Woerner said. “We had a really good summer in learning the offense and our player-led practices. I think our summer was very productive. A bunch of those young guys learned the playbook already. Going into camp now, you kind of start over on camp day one, learning everything new. I think it’s been going really well.”

When Woerner mentions “young guys,” Georgia has plenty of them. Two four-star prospects joined the team this summer at the tight end position with Luke Ford and John FitzPatrick. Both stand out from the rest of them because they’re both 6-6 or taller. Ford is a freak of an athlete and has already received praise from coaches. FitzPatrick has stirred up some noise as well.

Georgia welcomed a speedy and tall wideout with Tommy Bush who’s 6-5 himself. Not to mention the addition of James Cook and Zamir White at running back. Because of the veteran leadership on that side of the ball, each of those players has been able to get a significant jump on learning what to do and where to be.

That alone resulted in better communication and smoother operation in general when it comes to moving the offense down the field. However, players aren’t the only one who deserves credit. Because Smart doesn’t want the team thinking that it’s entitled to success because of what happened last season. The coaches and the current culture surrounding the team have already had a lot of impact.

Players mentioned that the staff’s pushing harder this year and expecting more out of them. If that’s the case, Georgia’s ahead of schedule and appears to have the right mindset with the season starting in a few weeks.

Savannah Richardson