Last winter, Kirby Smart scored a big victory in the recruiting wars. That may not translate onto the field this fall. But the second-year Dawgs coach is building.

With 10 starters back from a very good defense, the former Nick Saban assistant already has a lot of pieces in place. The offense will need to step up its game if the Bulldogs are going to move past Florida and win the SEC East for the first time in five years.

But with sophomore Jacob Eason back at quarterback after gaining a year of intense experience, there’s reason for optimism. The offensive line needs to come together. But with ballcarriers Nick Chub and Sony Michel back, a little blocking could go a long way. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.