Getting physical

If you’re still trying to get some insight into what Kirby Smart was trying to instill in his team last season, you might find this quote revealing.

Not a shouter by nature, Godwin can be heard daily correcting and encouraging teammates. Meanwhile, he’s an integral part of much that Georgia does on offense. He’s the first option for handling wildcat (or “wild dawg”) duties when the call is to shift the quarterback out of the shotgun.

“Terry is really doing a good job of being a leader and challenging those guys, a lot more so than he did at this time last year,” Smart said. “He’s coming into his own when it comes to work ethic.”

Godwin, mind you, came into last season as Georgia’s leading returning receiver, just as he is in 2017.  His 2016 stats are remarkably similar to those of his as a true freshman.  Does his “coming into his own” from a work ethic standpoint mean that he’s on the verge of a true breakout season?

That may depend on how you define breakout.

“I’ll say this about them: They’re playing more physical than they ever have since we’ve been here,” Smart said. “J.J. Holloman, Tyler Simmons, even Terry.  We had a bubble screen when Terry went out there and blocked and was physical. On that part they’ve answered the bell.  We’ve just got to get them open and get them separated more.”  [Emphasis added.]



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17 responses to “Getting physical

  1. Russ

    The heck with catching the ball, I’ve really been waiting to see how good Godwin can block.

    Glad we’re on that. Now we can really impose our will.


  2. If Kirby wins this year, then he’ll be able to change the “impose our will” narrative to “it took a year to change our attitude”.

    If not, things are going to get brutal for him.


  3. John Denver is full of shit...

    Can’t wait to see a pocket passer forced into RPO situations.


    • Dawg in Austin

      I don’t think that word means what you think it means.


    • Normaltown Mike

      who is the pocket passer you reference?

      Lambert graduated.


    • Rocketdawg

      RPO-Run pass option

      As an example any team that runs the zone read play will have a built in bubble screen or slant as a third option on the play. The defense will dictate where the ball goes post snap. The QB will first read the unblocked defensive lineman (usually a DE but not always). If the Dlineman stays at home the QB will give the ball to the RB. If the Dlineman comes upfield the QB will keep. Some defenses will roll a safety or “star” down into the box to hammer the QB if he keeps the ball. Since most of these plays are out of a 3 or 4 wide set this will create a single coverage situation (or more than one) where the QB can fake the Run and hit a WR on a bubble screen or quick slant. The Oline doesn’t know if it is a pass or run since the QB makes that determination post snap.

      With all of that being said an RPO does not have to have the QB running as one of the options. We had a play when Bobo was OC where the QB would raise up and throw a quick “smoke” screen to a WR that has soft coverage from the DB when a run may have been called in the huddle. This was essentially an RPO before the term became trendy.


  4. JarvisCrowell

    WRs not blocking well was a huge problem last year, glad to hear it seems to be improving. We won’t be able to tell whether this is real progress or standard happy-talk until the fall comes around though.