Georgia football needs to work in George Pickens and take advantage of mismatches
We all saw George Pickens make his return last weekend against Georgia Tech after suffering from an ACL injury this past March. The is no way that will be the only playing time Pickens gets this season. While he likely won’t have the type of game we were accustomed to seeing, No. 1 being on the field is a monumental difference-maker.
When Pickens is out there, Alabama defensive coordinator Pete Golding has to make a decision. Do you leave your cornerback to play man to man, or do you give him safety help?
If they choose to go man to man, Bennett has to make them pay. If they provide safety help on Pickens, there is a mismatch somewhere. Bennett will have to make them pay there as well. In short, Bennett needs to understand what the defense is doing and see where he needs to go, not where he wants to.
Pickens’ addition into offense seems to be the final piece in this Todd Monken offensive machine. We have seen time after time that Todd Monken enjoys taking advantage of mismatches. There have been plenty on this Georgia roster against all the teams they’ve played.
Even against Alabama, a team that historically does not rebuild but reload, Georgia seems to have better players on their offense against the Alabama defense.
Who do you not trust on this Georgia offense? These guys have made plays in the passing game this season: Brock Bowers, Jermaine Burton, Darnell Washington, James Cook, Ladd McConkey, and Kenny McIntosh. With Pickens on the field, it’ll allow more chances for these guys.
Do not forget that the running game can really gash Alabama if Alabama concerns itself too much with Georgia’s passing attack.
Georgia is not scared of Alabama. They have had success on offense in the past with the Tide. Expect the same this season, with the only difference being who is hoisting the trophy as the confetti falls.