5. Georgia football continues to find success on first and second downs
First down stats have become a favorite around Dawn of the Dawg as it has been interesting tracking how Georgia football keeps drives going.
Against Charleston Southern, the Dawgs finished with 22 first downs, with six coming on third down.
There have been discussions about starting quarterback Stetson Bennett and how he is terrible on third down, but at the same time, the Dawgs aren’t relying on that down to keep drives alive.
Among the 16 first downs that didn’t come on third-down, Georgia moved the chains 16 times on first and second down, with 11 of them coming on 1st and 10.
The Dawgs continue to find success on the first two plays instead of relying on the third one to make something happen. There is nothing wrong with that either because that means the offense is calling the right play and producing big chunks of yards.
In years past, first down hasn’t always resulted in the best production, so seeing Georgia move the ball on 1st and 10 is huge, which means this offense is moving in the right direction.
The Dawgs must keep this trend up while also improving that third-down number because there will be a game they have to convert and keep drives alive to win ball games.
Georgia needs to keep the ball moving and sustain long drives. If those first downs come before third-down, by all means, keep doing what works.
As long as the Dawgs can produce the offensive numbers they need, that is what matters. Sure we can nitpick and want this team to be almost perfect, but no one is perfect. Plus, why does it matter when the first down happens as long as it does.