Watched the replay yesterday, and three things got my attention.
- Offensive line. Easily the biggest surprise was how good the guard play was. Burnette, Lee and Gates were physical, mobile and, best of all, consistent. They opened holes that even Carlton Thomas could have exploited. Especially Burnette, who had a fabulous game. I understand why the coaches want to stick with Andrews at center; it just makes the line better overall to keep Burnette at guard. Theus, though, remains a work in progress.
- Jarvis Jones. Maybe I’m just getting jaded. But the broadcast clip showing how he set the table by clogging the middle so that Vasser could run down the play from the back side was an excellent reminder that there’s so much more to his game than the spectacular stuff he pulls off with regularity. Speaking of Vasser, compare how he defended the option against Vandy with how Jarvis performed against Missouri. Vasser is well coached and knows how to defend the play, but he lacks Jones’ instincts to occupy the precise spot to limit the quarterback’s time to commit and to break correctly in that instant when the quarterback decides. It’s uncanny. He’s just playing on a different level from any other defensive player I’ve seen this year.
- Aaron Murray. I’ve mentioned the improvement in his mechanics. That’s reflected in the ease in which the ball comes out when he throws. But the other thing I noticed on the replay is that he’s gotten better at not holding on to the ball too long. Georgia is fourth in the conference in sacks allowed; that’s one big reason why.