I settled down and watched the replay of Saturday’s game for the first of what I’m sure will be several times. I wouldn’t say I’ve got anything earth shattering to share, but there were a few things worth noting.
- If anything, the job Mike Bobo did in the cold, hard light of digital replay impressed me even more than it did live. The way he protected the offensive line with his playcalling – the number of times they were able to use Clowney’s inside move to direct him to run himself out of plays was remarkable – was only bettered by his recognition that SC’s smaller defense could be effectively bludgeoned by Georgia’s running game. Add to that the way he adjusted pace to wear out the ‘Cocks and you’ve got a virtuoso performance. Keep it up, brother, because the defense can use all the help it can get right now.
- The offensive line was better than it showed at Clemson. Some of that was due to the playcalling, but Chris Burnette deserves credit for stabilizing the line play, too. Andrews looked much, much better finishing blocks this week. Under the circumstances, Gates looked like he did the best he could, and really his worst moment, the Clowney sack, was partly on the shoulders of Marshall, who appeared to miss a blocking assignment.
- Other than that whiff, the non-line blocking was as good as I’ve seen from a Georgia offense. Wide receivers were throwing downfield blocks all over the place, Marshall and Gurley did well in blitz pickup (Marshall in particular had a couple of awesome blocks), Lynch showed why he deserves the preseason acclaim and Hicks was simply amazing with several nice blocks on Clowney, along with everything else he did.
- When Aaron Murray rolls out, good things tend to happen.
- The sideline reaction to Brendan Douglas’ first run was fabulous.
- The pass rush was actually a little better than I initially gave it credit for. Shaw was very good at escaping from trouble.
- Sure would have loved to have seen what would have happened if Reggie Davis had been able to hold on to that quick slant pass.
- I can’t get enough of watching those South Carolina defensive coaches get into it on the sideline – after Georgia was forced to punt, for some reason.