Michigan Football: 5 Things to know about Georgia

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Georgia has a deep stable of running backs   

Georgia has recruited running back as well as any team in the country. Zamir White was a five-star recruit while James Cook, Kendall Milton, and Kenny McIntosh were four-star recruits.

White is the Bulldogs leading rusher with 718 yards and 10 touchdowns on 5.3 yards per carry. Cook is the younger brother of Vikings star Dalvin Cook. He averages 6.1 yards per carry and has 619 yards and seven touchdowns. He is also a threat out of the backfield with 21 catches for 157 yards and three more touchdowns.

McIntosh has 317 yards and three touchdowns and averages 5.9 yards per carry. Milton missed the final five games of the regular season with a strained MCL injury. He dressed against Alabama but did not take a carry in the game. Before going down with an injury, Milton had 243 yards and one touchdown on five yards per carry. As a team, Georgia ran for 194.8 yards per game. The Bulldogs rank 32nd in yards per game and 11th in rushing success rate.

Georgia has the best group of TEs in the country

Georgia has recruited tight end well the last few years. It was not that long ago that Michigan was locked in a heated recruiting battle for five-star Isaac Nauta. Back then, Georgia did not involve its tight ends much in the offense, but that is no longer the case.

Freshman Brock Bowers is Georgia’s leading receiver with 47 receptions for 791 yards and 11 touchdowns. Bowers was not a finalist for the Mackey Award but, for my money, he is the best tight end in the country.

Among tight ends nationally, Bowers ranks third in yards, first in touchdowns, and second in yards per catch (16.8). Bowers is 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds, but he runs 4.5 in the forty-yard dash and his speed is what makes him a mismatch. Bowers received first-team All-SEC honors and he was named the 247sports True Freshman of the Year. However, Bowers isn’t alone.

While Bowers was a top 60 recruit, Darnell Washington was a five-star. Washington is even more of a physical mismatch at 6-foot-7 and 265 pounds.

However, despite his physical gifts, Washington was passed by Bowers in the pecking order. He has nine catches for 146 yards and a touchdown this offseason. Georgia runs a lot of two tight end sets in its pro-style offense. It is even comfortable splitting Bowers and Washington out wide as the lone receivers, which helps in its running game as well.