What we miss without G-Day
The SEC’s decision takes away what was sure to be an exciting G-Day Game as competition has never been better at quarterback and running back. With a defense as deep and stout as Georgia’s both first-team and second-team offenses were sure to get close to an equal challenge.
Jamie Newman is the clear front-runner, but teammates had a lot of good things to say about early enrolling freshman Carson Beck. With D’Wan Mathis getting extra time to hone his skills before practice begins, he can make the spring quarterback battle really interesting.
Georgia has a true stable of running backs this season with James Cook the most experienced of the bunch. Zamir White had more yards in 2019 however, and Kenny McIntosh had a great performance in the Sugar Bowl filling in for Cook and D’Andre Swift, who were both slowed down by injuries. Early enrollee Kendal Milton was another player fans were excited to see for the first time.
The Bulldog fans were most excited to watch for the first time wasn’t a player, it was new offensive coordinator Todd Monken. Kirby Smart hired Monken from the Cleveland Browns to energize and reinvigorate the Georgia football offense.
Monken is certainly capable of doing that. While he was the head coach at Southern Mississippi in 2015, he led a Golden Eagle offense which featured a 4,400-yard passer, a near 1,400-yard receiver and two running backs with over 1,000 yards. Monken knows how to make an offense dynamic and effective. Georgia fans were ready to see the first glimpse of that this spring.