Georgia Football: Three key offensive players vs Oregon

For Georgia football to win Saturday, these offensive players will have to make plays.

Saturday will be the first game that Georgia football will get to unveil its 2022 offense. They have plenty of playmakers they can use to attack an opposing defense. However, let’s look at the three that will most affect Saturday’s game.

First up, Georgia football quarterback Stetson Bennett

Everything on offense starts with the quarterback. He is the only one that touches the ball on every play. So, with that said, Stetson Bennett returns as the field general for Georgia football. The offense will only be as explosive as Bennett allows it to be.

That said Georgia had the sixth most explosive offense in 2021 with Bennett under center. So he is more than capable of leading Todd Monken’s attack. In fact, it was Bennett who led the team in 20+ yard runs a season ago.

Georgia will need that type of dual-threat from Bennett to keep Oregon’s pass rush off balance. Speaking of dual-threat, Bennett isn’t just a runner. He was one of the most efficient passers of 2021. He had an 87.6 QBR and a 2.2 interception rate. His 0.501 overall EPA was also the highest for any starting SEC quarterback in 2021.

Secondly, Georgia football running back Kenny McIntosh

Kenny McIntosh has been waiting patiently to be the starting running back for Georgia football. He’s been overshadowed by other running backs for years, but now it is his turn. McIntosh’s 0.405 EPA last season leads all returning Georgia running backs.

McIntosh isn’t just a great runner, he’s one of the best receiving backs in the country. Since 2020 he hasn’t dropped a single catchable pass. His 0.838 pass EPA was the highest on the team last year among running backs. He is by far Georgia’s most dynamic all-purpose running back.

Look for McIntosh to take advantage of the edge of Oregon’s defense. With the linebackers being occupied with Georgia’s tight ends it should be easy for him to slip out into the flat for some big gains.

Last but not least Georgia football tight end Brock Bowers

Speaking of Georgia football tight ends, Brock Bowers is the best of the group. He led all receivers with 828 yards, 13 touchdowns, and 56 catches. Which makes it no surprise that he also led all receivers in EPA. His average of 0 917 was tops among all receivers with 10%+ usage.

Oregon’s linebackers have struggled with covering tight ends the past two seasons. Watch for Monken to take advantage of that matchup Saturday. Expect a big game out of Georgia’s biggest playmaker.

Well, there you have it. Three players to keep an eye on during the game between Georgia football and Oregon. Georgia’s offense is clearly the better scoring unit out of the two. Especially because of these players.

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