Faithful reader Nick emailed me with this question yesterday:
If Josh Allen of UK is the top edge rusher in the draft, why did he disappear against UGA? His official stats were unimpressive and my memory of the game was that he was a non-factor. PERHAPS the only elite line he faced? Worth a conversation?
Well, with two fumble recoveries that kept his team in the game early on, I wouldn’t say Allen completely disappeared, but with only three tackles and zero sacks, he certainly didn’t dominate Georgia the way he took over Kentucky’s game against Florida.
As to why, I’d say, yeah, the offensive line certainly played a part, but the game plan may have played an even bigger one. Fromm only had twenty passing attempts; meanwhile, the Dawgs ran the ball fifty times for 331 yards. That’s definitely the way to keep a pass rusher from being a factor.
Georgia was definitely focused on Allen and Snell and did a solid job grounding both. I do think Allen in particular is a special talent who will excel at the next level, but in college there’s only so much a kid like that can do facing a loaded team like Georgia when he’s not surrounded by a lot of talent.
Anybody else want to pitch in here with a take?