While the Bulldogs had a slew of players left for the NFL this offseason, they also had a few key contributors picked to return for another season in Athens, one of them being wide receiver Kearis Jackson. He’s entering his fifth season with the team and he’s bringing back a lot more value than the stat sheet might tell you.
Earlier in the offseason, head coach Kirby Smart commented on Georgia’s lack of experience at wide receiver heading into the upcoming season. Jackson’s return certainly helps solve this problem, as he brings a large amount of experience to the game, which will be very beneficial for the Bulldog’s offense this year.
Last season, a minor knee injury kept Jackson from being 100 percent in the first half of the season and limited his offensive role. However, during the 2020 season, fans got a good look at what Jackson is capable of when fully healthy, and the kind of connection he and quarterback Stetson Bennett have between them.
In Georgia’s first six games of the 2020 season, Jackson had 27 receptions, 396 yards and two touchdowns. All of these games also took place when Bennett was either the starting quarterback or played under center for the majority of the game.
For context, more than half of Jackson’s career receiving yards have come in those six games, along with just under half of his career receiving yards as well. In other words, it’s very evident that Bennett and Jackson maintain good chemistry between the two of them on the football field.
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With Jackson and Bennett returning to play for the Bulldogs in 2022, they may be able to rekindle the explosive connection they had between them in 2020. Either way, winning back a player like Jackson who is a point guard at the both on offense and on special teams is huge for any team, and he’s sure to be a valuable asset to Georgia in the 2022 season.
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