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Georgia entered Saturday’s game against Florida with a limited offense. The Bulldogs were ranked No. 57 nationally in total offense (404.0 yards per game) and tied for No. 62 in scoring offense (29.2 points per game).
Not great, right? Well, it can get worse, and it did.
Georgia only mustered up 277 total yards of offense against the Gators. They also only put up 21 points (seven of the team’s 28 points came from a pick-six on defense) and converted on 2-of-13 third-down attempts.
In other words, things were awful.
The quarterback combination of Stetson Bennett and D’Wan Mathis only completed nine of the 29 pass attempts for 122 yards. In addition, the two had three interceptions between them with only one touchdown apiece. It wasn’t enough, and it was never going to be enough.
Yet, this is what Kirby Smart and company continue to trout out on a week-to-week basis.
There is something to this J.T. Daniels situation. We know he has been recovering from an ACL injury that ended his 2019 season at USC prematurely. But he was supposed to be healthy by now. Is it that he hasn’t recovered enough yet? Or has he looked that poorly in practice?
The offensive struggles go beyond the quarterbacks, but that is where the conversation should start. Fans deserve some answers. Especially after Georgia abandoned the run game after early success with Zamir White.
On the first play from scrimmage, White took it 75 yards to the house.
THAT’S HOW YOU START A GAME ZAMIR WHITE
— PFF College (@PFF_College) November 7, 2020
The former five-star running back proceeded to touch the football only seven more times for the rest of the game. And that comes with the severe limitations at the quarterback position.
There is absolutely no excuse for it. Game script eventually meant playing from behind, but the run was abandoned long before then. It is absolutely unacceptable, and Smart should have to answer for that — among other things.
This team can only go so far with this offense, and we’ve seen the ceiling.
Follow Clint Lamb on Twitter @ClintRLamb.