In a year already filled with terrific plays — Godwin’s remarkable one-handed grab in the Notre Dame game quickly comes to mind, as does Bellamy’s and Carter’s efforts to wrap up that game — I have to say that Nick Chubb’s second touchdown run against Mississippi State stands as my favorite play of the season.
One reason for that is, like many of you, I had thrown in the towel on the Wild Dawg staying in Chaney’s playbook. The primary benefit of the formation isn’t that there’s an option component to it; it’s that there’s an extra blocker for the runner. That Georgia couldn’t generate anything positive out of that suggested there were severe execution problems that weren’t fixable.
Indeed, I was relieved that we never saw the formation in the Samford game. It turns out, though, they were indeed working on fixing those execution issues, because this play is as close to being perfectly run as you’ll ever see.
I’ve watched this play a dozen or so times now. Beautifully designed, it’s that mesmerizing. Unlike Fromm’s two touchdown passes, there’s no trickeration involved. It’s simply about getting a hat on a hat, being more physical than the defense and getting out of Nick Chubb’s way.
Well, maybe there’s a little more going on than that. First of all, as Taylor notes, the backside blocking is different than the blocking at the point of attack. If you didn’t think Georgia’s offensive line was capable of walking and chewing gum at the same time, you may need to rethink. There’s also the exquisite timing involved in Chubb putting Jayson Stanley in motion, not as an option with the ball, but to hit MSU’s outside man with a crack block at just the right moment. Which he does.
From there, Payne and Wynn do the rest to part the Red Sea and Chubb is off. There isn’t a wasted step from anyone involved in that play. There’s a balletic precision to the line’s footwork; if you’re still doubtful about Pittman’s coaching skills, rerun the clip a few times.
It’s damned impressive.