Surprising, I know (at least if you think Spurrier gave Garcia all those extra chances out of the kindness of his heart). But that’s what happens when all the preseason BS about looking better in scrimmage gives way to the game day reality of a 17-0 deficit against what was one of the worst defenses in D-1 last season, highlighted by Shaw’s less than impressive 3-9, 21-yard showing.
“The offense just responded to Stephen better,” said Ace Sanders, who caught Garcia’s lone touchdown pass.
I guess that’s one less thing for Grantham to have to concern himself with this week.
There were lots of turnovers in the game, but, significantly, none were interceptions thrown by Garcia.
The box score has a couple of things of interest about Carolina’s passing game. First, and atypical for a Spurrier-coached offense, it was small ball: only 5.2 yards per pass. Second, it was very concentrated. Jeffery and Lattimore caught all but two of the Gamecocks’ passes on the day.
That’s not necessarily a matter for relief for us, at least not if you think back to how effective Boise State’s short passing game was against the Dawg defense.
One change on defense I do expect to see this week for Georgia is the insertion of Bacarri Rambo into the starting lineup, with Sanders Commings moving over to corner. That lets Georgia go larger in the defensive backfield, which is probably a good thing, given South Carolina’s two big offensive weapons. It also makes it easier to use Branden Smith on offense. That worked out pretty well the last time the ‘Cocks came calling.