Georgia rotated and subbed a lot but didn't necessarily play a ton of players. According to the participation chart from the game, 58 players got into the game versus Clemson. That's about standard for a game against an FBS major opponent. The key was how Georgia was rolling them in and out early on when the outcome was in the balance.
By Mitchell I think you may have meant Marshall, DallasDawg, and Georgia did have some blocking issues early in the game. But like Bobo said, you're not going to block for a 20-yard gain every time. Getting those ugly 2 and 3 yards on poorly blocked downs is every bit as important in SEC football. And, yes, Georgia's O-line is a concern going into the South Carolina game. I'm not ready to annoint them as team strength just yet.
Mason tried one over-the-shoulder throw against Clemson and was a little off. But that all just comes with repetitions and opportunity. Mason throws a great ball in practice. That's why he's in the position he is.
Like I said, Dominick Sanders looked pretty good and played a lot, as did Lorenzo Carter. I think Sony Michel has a whole lot more to show us.
I haven't gotten a grade on Theus or Maxey but they obviously played pretty well. Maxey actually wasn't in the game a ton, just 20-something plays and mostly when they went to toss-sweep game late. But he was awesome as lead blocker. Theus held us on. Haven't determined and maybe somebody else has whether Vic Beasley beat him or somebody else on that one sack. Anybody know?
Mason wasn't thrilled with his individual performance but it wasn't that back , if you look closely. I mean, who wouldn't take 69 percent completion the rest of the year. Many throws were to TE and RBs, however, and he'll have to go more vertical and outside as defenses press up to contain UGA running game. Dogs' wide receivers are licking their chops at the impending opps.
Marshall had his knee checked out after Saturday's performance (6 carries, 8 yards). It checked out fine. He's missing a little burst, in my opinion, and probably needs to shake the rust off of his RB instincts. Don't think it's an indictment of his career going forward. Had more "home run" runs that Gurley in his brief career so far. He'll be back eventually.
I think the early predictions are nothing more than a way to generate interest and conversation, which it has done.
I suspect somebody probably lost a limb if not their job over that not-so-little snafu. somebody has a responsibility to make sure 11 are in the game and it's not Pruitt's during the heat of action.
I've always thought injuries are no more or less likely on special teams than any other time. You can't argue with the game-changing effect Gurley's presence had this past Saturday and it presents quite the strategic quandary for opponents. As long as he's willing I'd think Georgia should be. ... I expect McKenzie's role is about what it's going to be on offense, with a couple of specially-designed plays per game. I think as he earns the coaches' trust you'll see more of him on kick returns going forward. That, above all else, is what brought him here.
Hillboy, as our readers can attest, I am the king of typos. You can't out-typo me.
Jake the Snake, Vegas is ready when you are. I don't look down the schedule and predict wins. You never know at this point.
No, Marshall still has a deeper knowledge of playing the position. But he'll move down if those guys continue to out-play him.
Don't know on Fenteng, Parrish or Rumph. Coaches not saying anything other than "they weren't ready" in the last one.
I did notice that but only because it has been pointed out to me a few times. Didn't notice during game. Hasn't been an issue since Georgia won the game.
I'm hearing he could be. He has not practiced with the team yet this week, however. Bobo says "outside chance" for both Scott-Wesley and Malcolm Mitchell.
I don't know what you mean by player-control issues and I don't agree with what I think you meant.
I go back to Herschel so everything starts and ends with that guy and he hasn't proven his equal to me yet. Not until he shows much more durability and stamina. But he's on par with Tim Worley, Rodney Hampton, Garrison Hearst and Knowshon Moreno in terms of great ones I've had the pleasure of chronicling.
I don't think special teams has been overlooked. It was huge this past Saturday as Georgia won every area. collin Barber's 60-yard punt and Tim Kimbrough's jarring fourth-quarter stop might have been overshadowed by Gurley's runback. But we didn't even see much of Marshall Morgan's PK weaponry.
I wouldn't say I'm confident in Mason's ability to do that. I've seen it in games and practices and believe he has that capability. But he hasn't faced anything yet like he will Sept. 13 in Columbia. That's will be his biggest test to date.
Gurley's gone. Bank on it.