Georgia built RB depth as plan for run at repeat CFP title
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia coach Kirby Smart’s plan for a deep running back corps was based on more than making it through a 12-game regular season.
Smart wanted his backs to be fresh for the College Football Playoff. The No. 1 Bulldogs will take a group of four running backs, led by Kenny McIntosh, into the Peach Bowl semifinal against No. 4 Ohio State on Saturday.
McIntosh has started 12 games for Georgia (13-0) and leads the Bulldogs with 709 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns. At times, however, it’s difficult to distinguish the senior’s hold on the No. 1 role because Daijun Edwards is a close second, with 681 yards and eight touchdowns.
Kendall Milton and Branson Robinson have combined for more than 800 rushing yards and eight scores. That depth gives the defending national champion Bulldogs a strong running complement to quarterback Stetson Bennett’s passing game.
The depth and balance at running back and other skill positions is Georgia’s answer to Ohio State’s high-scoring offense led by quarterback C.J. Stroud.