You know, a funny thing happened on the way to this post. I was going to start out with a simple question: given the stats, if Georgia stops the run and keeps turnover margin close, is there anything else to worry about with Vanderbilt?
But it looks like Bobby Johnson is thinking along those same lines as well.
Bobby Johnson wants to wring more production out of Vanderbilt’s offense, so he is switching quarterbacks following the 22nd-ranked Commodores’ first loss of the season.
Mackenzi Adams, who came off the bench and rallied Vandy to a win over Auburn on Oct. 4, will start Saturday at No. 10 Georgia unless something unusual happens. But Johnson said Adams will get most of the work in practice this week instead of Chris Nickson and hopefully give a fresh start to the offense.
“Mackenzi has demonstrated he can sit in the pocket and figure things out and see who’s open and do a good job of hitting them,” Johnson said Monday.
If you look at the statistical story for both teams, the move makes sense. Vandy is last in the SEC in total offense, mainly because the passing game with Nickson has been abysmal (an incredible 90.3 ypg). Georgia, on the other hand, is fourth in total defense, but when you break that down, the Dawgs are stellar against the run (2nd in the conference, at 52.2 ypg) and not so stellar against the pass (11th in the conference, at 221.7 ypg). So Johnson is trying to stack the odds a little more in his favor by playing Adams. It also means that Martinez has to adjust his game plan to account for the change at QB.