Daily Archives: September 9, 2016

The definition of beast mode

Per Ed Aschoff,

What might be the most impressive stat about Nick Chubb’s return is that 194 of his 222 rushing yards came with at least eight defenders in the box. That ranked first nationally. He averaged 7.76 ypc on these runs.

Go ahead and keep loading the box, though.  Jacob Eason and his receivers can use all the extra help they can get.

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That’s so Gators.

My favorite two tweets today:

Clearly, Huntley Johnson needs to open a multi-state practice.

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Eh? How’s that Year of the Quarterback going, SEC?

Not too well after week one, thanks for asking.

Again though, it’s not worth making too much out of one week, but here’s how the numbers stacked up in Kickoff Week:

There’s a good mix of quarterback talent in other leagues, particularly the Big 12, but the ACC is certainly off to a great start. The SEC … not so much.

To put it another way, out of the top passer ratings at cfbstats.com, there are two SEC quarterbacks listed in the first sixty.  For comparison’s sake, in 2012 three SEC quarterbacks finished in the top ten.

I think the technical term for this is meh.

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Moar good news?

Somebody else may be making his 2016 debut tomorrow.

It appears that Sony Michel could make his 2016 debut in Georgia’s home opener against Nicholls on Saturday. Persons with knowledge of the situation confirmed to Dawgs247 that the junior running back has been cleared by doctors for contact and shed his black, non-contact jersey the past two days for a red one, allowing him to participate in practice in full.

Between this and Eason’s start, it’s time to ask:  is there such a thing as a must-see cupcake game?

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Nobody’s making you live up to the stereotype, Vol fans.

Would it surprise you to learn that one of the stars at the Tennessee-Virginia Tech game is a garbage truck converted into a tailgating vehicle?

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Donald Greene got the idea about eight years ago. The company he works for, Waste Connections, had retired a fleet of residential recycling trucks, and he thought it would be fun to retrofit the whole thing to serve as a tailgating vehicle…

Price tag on the renovation?

“Unknown,” Greene said.

That’s one way of putting it.

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Under pressure

Sure, we’re all naturally focused on the quarterbacks and, in particular, Jacob Eason’s ability to climb the learning curve, but there’s other areas where Georgia needs to get better as the season progresses.

So when I post this chart from Matt Hinton’s piece about Tennessee’s first game, don’t accuse me of looking forward, because that’s not what this post is about:

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That’s about as stark a difference in quarterback performance as you’re likely to see.  GAT(Q)A is a big deal.  Georgia only managed to sack Trubisky once, although there was fairly steady pressure on him, especially after the Tar Heels took that ten-point lead.  That’s not good enough going forward, though.

I’m not saying this because I doubt Smart and Tucker aren’t aware of it.  Remember the environment from which Smart forged his defensive philosophy:

You have to have safety-type players who can play the quarterback but also can, if it is a pass play, race back and play as either an intermediate defender or as a deep safety. The defense must be able to play man coverage, and it must have the ability to blitz and attack both the quarterback and any other backfield player. Finally, the defense must have the ability to zone blitz to put pressure on the quarterback but still take away the short slants and quick passes, or at least threaten to do so.

In other words you have to play defense like Alabama head coach Nick Saban.  [Emphasis added.]

Somehow, they’ve got to figure out a way to pressure quarterbacks like Dobbs and Kelly when they are in passing situations, but do so without getting burned by them running the ball.  That’s no small task, probably made more daunting in Tennessee’s case by the threat of RPO plays with the likes of Hurd and Kamara, plays which North Carolina used effectively.  But if Appalachian State could do it, you have to think Georgia can, too.

And that starts tomorrow.

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The toughest Georgia support staffer’s job is…

… being in charge of managing Kirby’s cabling on the sideline.  Good luck with that, my friend.

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