This is going to be a truncated Observation, because, let’s face it, a chunk of Bulldog Nation switched this bad boy off after the first quarter. And, really, by taking Daniels and Davis out then, too, Kirby was sort of doing that as well.
Anyway, bullet points:
- There may be work left to be done on the o-line with regard to run blocking, but pass pro Saturday was otherworldly. The amount of time Stetson had on some places was beyond ridiculous. I’m glad they got Jones extended time at left tackle, some with Salyer moving to left guard, but Jones still has a ways to go in the consistency department. Mims played pretty well at right tackle. Guard play, especially Shaffer’s, was improved.
- I don’t think enough has been said (which, I admit, is saying something) about how big it’s been for the three freshman receivers, Bowers, McConkey and Mitchell, to step up and fill in for a decimated receiving corps. It’s not just that they’ve filled the breach; their improvement week over week has been outstanding. (Between youth and Daniels’ injury, it’s getting easier to understand why the offense was so constipated in the Clemson game.) All three of them are ahead of expectations — at least mine — going into the season, which is a tribute to their talent and their coaching.
- This offense is going to be hell on wheels when all the skill position talent gets back.
- Running back play was dependable and efficient, rather than explosive. There was only one running play of more than 20 yards, and that was McConkey’s end around. But Georgia managed almost 250 rushing yards when the dust settled.
- The next time Georgia runs a short yardage play, may I suggest they run it with Daijun Edwards?
- Speaking of efficient, that was some quarter of work from JT Daniels: 9 of 10 throwing (and the one incompletion was a drop), 12.9 ypa, 2 TDs. More than that (if that’s even possible), he was in complete command of his game. He knew where he was going from the snap, his throws were perfectly placed — again, that TD pass to McConkey was unbelievable — and his mechanics are so much better than they were last year, it’s not even funny.
- If Stetson could get over that one annoying tendency to force at least one pass per game, he’d be the perfect backup. Outside of the pick, he played a good game. That being said, it’s clear he’s the number two, as Beck wasn’t given much of an opportunity to run the playbook
- Defensively, Jalen Carter had himself a game, didn’t he? Total beast.
- It’s kind of hard to show out when Vandy only ran 46 plays and the bench was emptied early, so I can’t say there were a lot of individual players who stood out, but when you also hold an opponent to 77 yards of offense, the work was being put in. The one defender I do want to mention is Kelee Ringo, who played well in his first start, with a couple of nice passes defended.
- If there’s one tiny nitpick to make about the defense, it’s that it took a little time for them to adjust to a running quarterback, but adjust they did. Overall, Vandy only managed four first downs and was an abysmal 2-13 on their third down conversions.
- Okay, a second tiny nitpick: this was the first game of the season without a defensive score. But, with the shutout, the defense is still outscoring opposing offenses on the year.
- Special teams didn’t screw anything up and forced a key fumble on a kickoff that led to a short field touchdown. I’ll take it.
- It’s kind of fun to watch Monken screw with opposing defensive coordinators. Did you catch the shift that emptied the backfield and put everyone on the line of scrimmage, forcing Vandy to call a timeout because they couldn’t figure out how to line up on defense?
- Nothing much exotic from Lanning, because sometimes it really is all about the Jimmies and Joes.
- Kirby did a good job getting the troops ready. Not always an easy thing when you’ve got a noon kickoff against a bad opponent.
Really, there’s not a lot more to be said. Onward and upward to an Arkansas team that’s feeling awfully good about itself right now.