The good news is that Georgia’s skill position talent looks even better than it did last season.
The bad news is that the offensive line’s pass blocking doesn’t. And that’s a problem.
Aaron Murray has been sacked 86 times in his career. The Georgia senior quarterback has started (and played the vast majority of) 42 games, and in just seven of those has he NOT been sacked. Six times, he has been sacked at least four times.
The latest came Saturday, when Clemson, not exactly known for its defense, sent Murray to the ground four times. Once, he fumbled after being nailed from the blind side. It was a miracle he didn’t fumble a couple drives earlier on a similar play.
Now can some of that be laid at Murray’s feet for holding the ball too long on occasion? No doubt. But let’s be honest here. Judging from what I saw against Clemson, the Dawgs don’t have an offensive tackle who can consistently pass protect. Gates is far better suited for playing one of the guard positions, Theus, for some reason, lacks the confidence of his coaches and Houston is a feel-good story who managed to get beat badly by speed rushes at left and right tackle. (I probably don’t need to remind you that Clemson’s defense is far from what Georgia’s going to see this week or what the linemen will have to deal with when they face LSU and Florida.)
I worried about the weight loss stories we saw this offseason. And I’ve been concerned about Andrews’ size from the get go. But I at least hoped that being smaller would also mean the o-line was more nimble. Such does not appear to be the case.
If it makes you happy to be a Murray detractor, have at it. I saw a quarterback who faced constant pressure and did a pretty good job in spite of it. What I’m wondering at this point is, with all the criticism being flung in Murray’s and Bobo’s direction, why Will Friend is getting a pass. Some of you angrier folks, feel free to speak up and explain what I’m missing here.