The Georgia Bulldogs (2-0) took down the Vanderbilt Commodores (1-1) in a tight game but displayed some serious flaws during their four quarters of SEC action. Fortunately, Georgia got their act together enough to leave Vanderbilt Stadium victorious, 31-14.
What we learned?
During this road match, Coaches, players, and fans alike learned that the quarterback position remains shaky. The main issues centered on completing passes and converting on third down. Although Vanderbilt is an SEC opponent, Georgia will face much tougher defensive lines. It is time to get the kinks worked out before South Carolina next week.
Greyson Lambert got the starting nod, but Brice Ramsey made a short appearance before the end of the first half. Georgia must make corrections to their passing game if they are to stand a chance in winning tight games.
The Dawgs performed excellent in their running game. Isaiah McKenzie was a variable “joystick” on the field and his ability to move on the field is a joy to watch. McKenzie proved his value with a 77-yard punt return and a 31-yard sprint by Sony Michel added serious clout to the Red & Black run game. Not to be forgotten – if anyone could- Nick Chubb completed his 10th game rushing over 100-yards. By the end of the day, Chubb collected 189-yard on 19 carries.
In addition to the strong running game, Pruitt’s defense had the Dawgs running a tight ship. Very few Commodores got through the line. Jordan Jenkins went out of his way to give the Commodores a reason to remember UGA as he came up with 5 major tackles for the Georgia defense.
The targeting call on Lorenzo Carter early in the first quarter was met with controversy. Although the official has the final ruling authority, to many, the hit did not seem to warrant a targeting call. However, Carter will be back for the South Carolina game and hopefully performing better in practice. Leading into the game, reports noted his performance was not up to par for coaches.
What to Look for Moving Ahead
Look for special teams to improve on on-side kicks plays. They don’t happen often; however, when they do they are worth their weight in gold. Also look for work on third down conversions. And last, but not least. . .let’s hope Marshall Morgan takes a few extra reps through the uprights.
Overall, Georgia came out with a tough road win and will head back to ring the bell in Athens. The preparation for South Carolina at home will be a long week with an even longer four quarters ahead.