FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The Orange Bowl should have a little bit of everything when Georgia takes the field against Florida State on Saturday at 4 p.m.
The Bulldogs look to start a new winning streak, send out the seniors in style with a school-record 50th victory, and preview the 2024 season with younger players finding work.
Georgia is also looking for what would be its seventh straight Top 10 and seventh straight bowl under Kirby Smart, who has also won 19 straight games while UGA has had more than a week to prepare.
Indeed, what’s on paper looks good, but there will also be some impressions left by the Bulldogs, whose connected culture showed its validity when none of the available players opted out.
Georgia, like most other programs, has players in the NCAA portal looking for new opportunities this offseason — something Smart encourages and supports his teammates.
But among UGA players headed to or returning to the NFL, everyone who is healthy enough to play is getting ready to play.
Here are some players to look out for and what today’s game against Florida State could mean for them:
Georgia has the 4 p.m. national television window to itself, so this will be the first extended look at Beck for some viewers, and it’s essentially the start of his 2024 Heisman Trophy campaign.
Milton was the first UGA player to commit to the bowl just minutes after the SEC title game, and Kirby Smart noted that it had a ripple effect. He expects Milton to have a lot of work as he puts the finishing touches on his game tape for the NFL guys.
Edwards has been a consistent presence in the backfield, producing blue-collar yards and 22 touchdowns during his career. It’s unclear whether this is Edwards’ final game at the collegiate level or at Georgia.
Delp has been an emerging presence over the past two seasons, and there’s no reason to believe that won’t continue with goals and plenty of snaps as he solidifies his chemistry with Beck.
The second-year defensive end wants to finish the 2023 campaign with more impact plays, which could prove a challenge against a Florida State offensive line that has no dropback options.
His teammates continue to rave about CJ Allen’s maturity and presence, and with former captain and All-American Jamon Dumas-Johnson now at Kentucky, it’s time for Allen to step up.
Bell gives Mike Bobo a versatile threat who can move all over the field and create explosive plays on the ground or through the air. It’s up to Bell to play a role that could prove crucial in 2024.
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