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Fromm and Swift could be strong Heisman candidates in 2019

The Georgia Bulldogs are loaded on both sides of the football and they are expected to make a strong push for a national championship. They are led by third-year starter Jake Fromm and Junior running back D’Andre Swift. These two players are key to making their offense go and will be crucial to their success of the loss of their leading receiver’s. Kirby Smart has a new offensive coordinator in James Coley that will try to open up Georgia’s offense to get the most out of their weapons.

This will be one the teams to watch in 2019 because they have two possible Heisman candidates vying for college football’s most prestigious award and they have a top 10 recruiting class since Kirby Smart took over in 2016. Their offense will probably be run first which means Swift will likely be the main back, giving him a bulk of the carries. He will likely have to share carries with sophomore James Cook and redshirt freshman Zamir White (missed 2018 with torn ACL).

D’Andre Swift may have his biggest season yet, after breaking through his first season as the feature back in Georgia’s offense. He ran for 1,049 and 10 touchdowns while averaging 6.4 yards per carry. He sat being UGA legends Nick Chubb and Sony Michel during his freshman season, but still managed 618 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns. Swift workload should indeed increase with the Bulldogs loss of key receiver Jeremiah Holloman. It means Swift may be called upon more as a receiver which gives him more touches. He has a career average of 6.8 yards per carry, so big plays are nothing new to him. D’Andre may be next in line to join a great stable of running backs that played between the hedges.

Jake Fromm seized the opportunity after replacing former UGA QB Jacob Eason (Washington) back in 2017 and he hasn’t looked back. Fromm has led the Bulldogs to a National Championship game appearance and an SEC title in his first two seasons as a starter. His passing efficiency was fifth in the nation last year which means he makes smart, safe decisions as a passer. Fromm only passed for 2,761yards (42nd in Nation) last season but he did throw for 30 touchdowns, while only tossing 6 interceptions. Yes, he doesn’t have the weapons at receiver like last year, but his veteran receives Demetris Robertson and Trey Blout have to take advantage of their playing time.

Fromm and Swift are trying to become the first Heisman winners since Herschel Walker back in 1982. It was also the last time the Bulldogs won a national championship. They both have a great shot at winning if they can keep pace with the last two seasons and depend on each other to win key games in the schedule.

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