Coffee: Unit rankings revisited

Tuesday, November 29

Jarvis Jones' play has helped his unit become the most formidable on the team this season -- in our opinion. (Photo by Rob Saye/UGA Sports Communications)

We've had our successes on the prediction front in some areas this year (Here's a good example), but some other areas, well ...

For today's Coffee we're looking back at positional unit rankings that ran in a Coffee way back on May 23.

Here is how they came out back then ...

1) Special Teams
2) Quarterback
3) Fullback/Tight End
4) Defensive Line
5) Linebackers
6) Offensive Line
7) Secondary
8) Running Back
9) Wide Receiver

And HERE is how they we're ranking them now as Georgia heads into the postseason:

Note some major differences ...

1) Linebackers
Between SEC sack leader Jarvis Jones, the talented Alec Ogletree, Cornelius Washington on the edge, the emerging Mike Gilliard, the cerebral Christian Robinson and depth with guys like Amarlo Herrera, this unit is about as good as it gets for Georgia's improved defense. And you know what else? They're all due back next season.

2) Quarterback
OK, this has gone about as planned. With 32 TD passes, Aaron Murray has had another strong season. Because of this, practice standout Hutson Mason has still yet to get many meaningful snaps in games.

3) Wide Receiver
Last after spring, near the top now, this has probably been the overacheiving group on the team. Much of that has had to do with the performances of freshmen Malcolm Mitchell, Chris Conley and Michael Bennett.

4) Defensive Line
John Jenkins continues to improve to be a real force, while the ends have played very well, including backup Garrison Smith this past weekend.

5) Secondary
More overacheivement here. Safety was a real question mark entering the season, but Shawn Williams has been a breakout star and Bacarri Rambo is racking up interceptions. The cornerbacks have also been solid -- and everyone has stayed relatively healthy here as well.

6) Fullback/Tight End
The No. 6 ranking isn't a knock. Orson Charles has been good-to-great at times, and Bruce Figgins has been a nice addition in the backfield as a lead blocker.

7) Offensive Line
After a slow start, this group has managed to improve a good bit and hold it together despite a frightening lack of depth up front.

8) Special Teams
To be fair, things have gotten better here the last couple of weeks, but Blair Walsh's struggles and kickoff coverage issues each represented drop-offs from last season.

9) Running Back
Well, Isaiah Crowell is certainly as talented as everyone thought. He just hasn't been able to consistently stay on the field for whatever reason. While the overall discipline on this year's team has been better, suspensions have continued to plague this position more than any other.

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ON THE AGENDA

As usual, Tuesday is media day among UGA's team. Mark Richt's press conference is set for noon, with practice set to start a little after 4 p.m. and assistants coaches available after practice.

And as usual, view it all on the live thread.

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