Yes, I’ve already watched the replay once. No, it won’t be the last time.
A few observations, in no particular order:
- Christian Payne. Fullback’s gonna fullback, y’all. He had some devastating blocks Saturday night.
- D’Andre Walker. His blow up play on the kickoff was even more fun to watch on the replay than live.
- Tyler Catalina. His run blocking, for the most part, was fine. But he’s got a way to go in pass protection. I know I said that in my Observations post, but it’s even more apparent watching the replay.
- Maurice Smith. He was Georgia’s best and most consistent defensive back. Thanks, Saban!
- Terry Godwin. I get that having him and McKenzie out on the field together didn’t fit with the game plan, which was essentially run block first and let Chubb sort them out. But he’s got to play more — he’s too quick and his hands are too good to waste too much time on the sideline.
- RPO plays. Georgia’s defense struggled with those most of the night. North Carolina should have run more out of those. And, yes, the refs made a bad call with that illegal lineman downfield penalty, something I never thought I’d say about a penalty like that favoring the Dawgs.
- Aaron Davis’ overruled touchdown. On the other hand, I’m not so certain the replay official got that call right. Trubisky’s body language sure suggested he thought he’d fumbled the ball.
- Greyson Lambert. You can shoot me for writing this, but he didn’t play that poorly. It’s just that he didn’t play well enough to hold off Eason for much longer.
- Malkom Parrish. He had some great plays in pass coverage, but I have no idea what was running through his head on that fair catch. (Yes, even live, the signal was clearly made.)
- Lorenzo Carter. The replay showed he had a much better game than I thought. No sacks, sure, but plenty of pressures.
- Roquan Smith. Following his play that led to the safety showed how well coached that kid is… and how high his football IQ is.
- Brock Huard. Boy, did he sure sound eager to bench Lambert. He’s actually a decent color guy, or at least he’d be one if he talked a little less and kept a few opinions to himself.
UPDATE: Jason Butt’s review is worth a look. Some good catches there, like this:
Eason’s pros and cons: There was a lot to like about freshman quarterback Jacob Eason’s performance.
He was able to lead Georgia down the field on his first two series of the game, although the first ended in a Brendan Douglas fumble. The second drive resulted in a touchdown, which featured a shovel pass on a jet sweep to Isaiah McKenzie and four runs.
But of course, there were some freshman mistakes as well. One came on his third play of the game, which followed a short completion Terry Godwin took for 23 yards. Eason took too long to get his team lined up and almost drew a delay of game penalty.
The Bulldogs were forced to call a timeout as a result. Smart touched on that during his Monday news conference, saying that Eason still has to improve in this area. It’s one reason why a rotation will continue with Greyson Lambert, until Eason can be trusted to run the entire show.