Georgia Football: Why the Bulldogs Are Already as Good as Advertised
Being 2-0 is where many experts thought the Georgia Bulldogs would be at this point of the season. They took care of Buffalo and blew past Missouri.
So, would it be fair to make an assessment of this team after two games?
Well, it's never too early to make one, and while the Bulldogs have their weaknesses, which they will need to get corrected as the season rolls on, they also are doing a lot of good things.
In fact, it's safe to say that they are good as advertised, and here are some of the reasons why.
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The first reason has to be the play of Jarvis Jones. Everyone knew how good he was because he had an outstanding 2011 season, but what he's done the first two games of this year is putting everyone on notice.
So far, the junior outside linebacker leads the team with 17 tackles, 3.5 sacks and one interception. He played a huge part in the win against Missouri, as he took over the game in the fourth quarter.
Jones can disrupt an opposing offense's game plan by himself. If he continues to play like this, he will be a Heisman finalist.
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Aaron Murray wanted to play better this season, and he's on his way to doing that.
Murray has gotten off to slow starts in both games, but has ended each game very strong. So far this season, Murray has thrown for 550 yards, six touchdowns and one interception. He also has completed 61 percent of his passes and has a rating of 158.69.
Murray has the confidence and the intelligence to lead the Bulldogs to another SEC East title. But if he can start games the way he finishes, he could be almost impossible to stop.
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One of the reasons Murray has been effective is the play of the running backs, specifically Todd Gurley.
The true freshman burst onto the scene in the Buffalo game, as he rushed for 100 yards on eight carries and scored twice. Gurley also had a 100-yard kick return for a touchdown in the Buffalo win.
He had another strong performance against Missouri, rushing for 65 yards on 10 carries and one score. He also had two kickoff returns for 65 yards.
Imagine the damage Gurley could do if he was getting 20-25 touches a game.
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Gurley's play on special teams is one of the reasons that the special teams are strong so far this season.
However, the play of punter Colin Barber and kicker Marshall Morgan has been noticed by everyone, and it looks like they will be a solid duo for the next few years.
Barber has nine punts and has averaged 40 yards per punt. Three of them have landed inside the 20, and only one has been punted into the end zone.
Morgan is 3-of-4 in field goal tries, and his longest field goal was a 52-yarder he nailed in the second quarter of the Missouri game.
The kick coverage teams have been solid so far. Neither Buffalo nor Missouri had special teams touchdowns, which is something fans love to see since that was a definite weak spot for the Bulldogs last year.
But They Can Be Better
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As it was said earlier, the Bulldogs do have room for improvement. The offensive line play is a work in progress, the defensive line has not been as strong as many thought it would be and the secondary is missing Sanders Commings and Bacarri Rambo.
The Bulldogs will have Commings and Chase Vasser on Saturday against FAU. Alec Ogletree as well as Rambo will be back in time for the Tennessee game in two weeks.
Once this team is at full strength, the Bulldogs will be a difficult team to stop. And if they continue to get better each time they step onto the field and work on the things that need improvement, then the Bulldogs will be better than advertised.