Never knew what hit him

Lord, Roquan Smith is fast.

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23 responses to “Never knew what hit him

  1. Stoopnagle

    Five Stars Are The Best.

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  2. St. Johns Dawg

    No. 3 is a special player. I wish he and big Trent Thompson would forego the NFL $$ and come back as seniors to lead this defense next year … They’d be tremendous team leaders.

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    • 92 grad

      Makes me wonder if there could be a trend for start players to stay for year 4 more often. I think there’s merit to the idea that the nfl isn’t nearly as fun, much more dangerous, and the money will be there so stay and enjoy your success for one last ride.

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  3. Spike

    We will need that on The Plains this weekend!

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  4. It’s a good thing, too, because SoCar had two dudes wide open on that play, one of which was a deep shot.

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    • And that is where Mel’s D is vulnerable. When we are beat, it is on big shots where our man coverage doesn’t have all they need to press the receiver or enough speed to keep up. That and the tight end wandering loose for 15-20 yards. Ouch. Hope they get some of that fixed because this week’s quarterback can spin it. For real….and their D line is going to test our run game, severely.

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  5. Lazy grad

    Most importantly… has he not wrapped up someone? My fear was that Bentley would escape and make a down field throw… see 4th qtr same game, where it looked like UGA woulda, shoulda had a safety, but instead Bentley connected with Hurst at the SC 30.

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  6. If he doesn’t get drafted in the first round, I will be surprised. You cannot teach speed, for sure. But when you meld that speed with savagery, then you REALLY got something….

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    • AlphaDawg

      Last mock I saw had him as a top 5. I’m not sure if that will hold true but he’s certainly a top 15 pick this year.

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  7. bulldogbry

    For those of you in the arena, was that a called delayed blitz or did he just see an opening and take it? It looks like he was never going to drop back in coverage, but he didn’t seem committed to blitz until the sea parted. I’d like to assume Tucker is so detailed that he planned the whole thing, but I can also see Quan having permission to go if it’s there. Regardless, when I first saw this, I blinked and missed it. Damn, he’s fast.

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    • Will Adams

      It looks like he actually made a great play after initially making a mistake (bad read). He bit really hard on the run fake while the rest of the LB’s look to be in zone pass defense after not committing to the run quite as hard as Smith did. But once he realized that he was caught in between because of the fake, he made the correct decision in rushing the passer. When a LB gets caught biting on a run fake like he did you want to redirect to the ball since it’s almost certainly too late to get back in the correct position you need to be in for pass D. The thinking is that you have a better chance at getting to the QB than you will at making a play in pass coverage.

      You’ll notice the receiver that is running open over the middle if you look at the shot from behind the QB. That receiver is open in the area that Smith was most likely supposed to be covering. But because of his quick thinking and incredible speed, he was able to get to the QB before the QB could find the open receiver. Not many LB’s can make that type of play. This is just another example of how special #3 is and how lucky we are to have him playing for our Dawgs.

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      • bulldogbry

        Roquan made a mistake? YOU SHUT YOUR MOUTH.

        That’s actually a pretty good assessment. Speed can cover up so many errors.

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  8. lakedawg

    Best football player on team and possibly best college LB in football.

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  9. W Cobb Dawg

    Roquan Smith is a steely eyed missile man!

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  10. SlobberKnocker

    My daughter was in Athens while I was at home (in Missouri of all places….). She texted “Roquan” after that play. My response? “Is fast”

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  11. doofusdawg

    I imagine Kirby is making #5 watch this play over and over.

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  12. Yurdle

    He waits on the RB to clear then rushes. Did the same thing to Mississippi State. Combines an early-play role as a spy and interior run defender with a later-in-the-play role as a delayed blitzer.

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    • That’s exactly what happens. He knows Zo has responsibility for the swing pass, so he scrapes until it’s apparent Bentley is throwing. After that, Roquan just closes. I imagine Bentley is thinking, “How in the hell did he get here unblocked that fast?”

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  13. Dylan Dreyer's Booty

    That was my favorite play from last Saturday. Very important sack – it’s already been pointed out there were open receivers available.

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  14. Athens Dog

    MVP.

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  15. Nelson McDaniel

    Am I the only one that half expected him to whip out a rope, tie up both legs and one arm (ala a calf roppin’ rodeo cowboy),
    and then stand up with both hands in the air to then look up and check his “time”?

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  16. Big Shock

    One of the CBS folks made a comment about Mel Tucker stating than in all his years in the NFL, he never had a LB that could run like Roquan. That’s pretty awesome.

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