Georgia football: interesting stats midway through the 2018 season

ATHENS, GA - OCTOBER 6: Mecole Hardman #4 (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
ATHENS, GA - OCTOBER 6: Mecole Hardman #4 (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images) /

Georgia football has reached the halfway point of the 2018 season. The Dawgs are still undefeated both overall and against SEC opponents.

Georgia football is rolling through 2018. The Dawgs have defended their SEC Championship well so far this season, going 4-0 against SEC opponents. Georgia yet to win a game by less than 14 points and they’ve scored no less than 38 points in every game this season, averaging 42.83 points per game.

Those aren’t the only stats that show how well the Bulldogs have played so far this year. Here are a few more stats you probably haven’t heard yet that display how efficient the 2018 Dawgs have been through six games this season.

Jake Fromm and Justin Fields average a touchdown every 100 yards

The quarterback duo of Jake Fromm and Justin Fields has passed for a combined 1,400 yards with 14 touchdowns. That’s one touchdown for every 100 passed (easy math, right?). They don’t just average that as a duo, they reach that average by themselves as well.

Jake Fromm has 1,200 passing yards and 12 touchdowns. Justin Fields has 200 passing yards with two touchdowns. That’s a pretty solid average. And at that pace, the Dawgs offense isn’t going to get stopped any time soon.

Justin Fields has surpassed D.J. Shockley’s freshman rushing totals

One former Georgia quarterback that Justin Fields gets compared to is the great D.J. Shockley, who in his first year after his redshirt accounted for 526 yards and seven touchdowns as a backup. Fields still has a little ways to go before he can reach Shockley’s 415 passing yards, but he’s already passed his 107 rushing yards.

Fields already has 333 yards of offense, 200 passing and 133 rushing. He’s on track to blow by Shockley’s total stats from 2002. If Georgia can continue to get this kind of production from a backup, the offense will keep rolling. Fields is used to break up stagnation and to help open space for running backs by giving defenses something extra to think about.

Six receivers have over 100 yards

Mecole Hardman, Riley Ridley, J.J. Holloman, Terry Godwin, Isaac Nauta and D’Andre Swift all have over 100 receiving yards in 2018. Hardman leads the Bulldogs with 335 yards, while Ridley is right behind him with 262 yards. Both have four touchdowns. Swift’s 109 receiving yards leads all of the running backs, and Nauta’s 129 yards leads the tight ends.

This time last year, only four receivers had over 100 yards halfway through the season. Swift, Nauta and Charlie Woerner passed 100 yards after the sixth game. Five players reached 100 yards before the sixth game in 2016. One of the 2018 team’s strengths is being able to spread the ball around the field, especially through the passing game. 16 different players have caught a pass, nine players have at least five catches.

Opponents average start at the 26-yard-line

It always helps a defense when there’s a lot of field behind them at the beginning of an opponents possession. That’s a blessing the Georgia defense has enjoyed all year. Between Rodrigo Blankenship’s 43 touchbacks, Jake Camarda’s five touchbacks and three punts downed inside the 20-yard-line, and other changes in possession, the average starting field position of Georgia’s opponents is just a tad passed the 26-yard-line.

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The Bulldog defense always has favorable field position, which makes moving the ball a chore for opposing offenses. Even if they pick up one first down. they still have a lot of field to cover and the defenses usually does a great job adjusting. Field position is a big reason why Georgia’s defense averages 13 points per game.