Georgia Football: 10 Things We Learned from the Bulldogs' Win vs. the Commodores
Many thought this game would be a lot closer because last year, Vanderbilt showed that they weren't afraid of the Bulldogs.
But, the Bulldogs are older, wiser and stronger, and they proved that on Saturday night as they dismantled Vandy.
There were a lot of good things to take away from the game if you are a Bulldogs fan, but there are some things that the Bulldogs need to work on moving forward.
Here are 10 things we learned from the Bulldogs' win vs. the Commodores.
Aaron Murray Is Improving
With this being his third year in the program, many thought that Aaron Murray would improve because of his natural progression and the talent he has coming back.
Through the first four games, Murray has been sharp and has shown no signs of slowing down.
In the Vandy game, Murray went 18-of-24 for 250 yards, two passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown. At one point, he was 12-of-12 and was seven passes away from breaking the single-game school record for consecutive passes completed.
It's safe to say Murray is on his way to doing some big things this year.
Jarvis Jones Can't Be Stopped
It was another strong game for Jarvis Jones as he racked up seven tackles, one sack and three tackles for losses.
Even when he didn't make a play on the ball, he was disrupting the backfield which led to guys like Chase Vasser and Michael Gilliard to come up with the tackle.
Jones does so many things well, and he lines up all over the field.
If he continues his great play, Heisman talks involving Jones will have to increase.
Keith Marshall Is the Explosive Back They Need
There has been so much talk about Todd Gurley that we tend to forget about Keith Marshall who was explosive against Vandy.
The true freshman rushed for 82 yards on 10 carries and scored twice. His longest run was a 52-yard touchdown scamper early in the first quarter.
Marshall, a former track star, has the speed to take it to the house at any given point of a game. It has to be fun for a Bulldog fan to watch him in action.
Todd Gulrey Is the Real Deal
It's easier for a true freshman to make an impact at running back. But, Todd Gurley is looking like a fifth-year senior by the way he's running.
Gurley rushed for 130 yards on 16 carries, and like Marshall, he scored twice. Gurley does not have the speed like Marshall, but he does have speed, size and strength.
Don't be surprised if Gurley sees a lot more carries in the near future. But at the same time, splitting carries between Marshall and Gurley makes this offense a lot better.
Offensive Line Is Improving
The reason that Murray, Marshall and Gurley played well was the fact the offensive line was strong all game long.
Chris Burnette and Dallas Lee did a good job of opening holes for the running backs, and John Theus was solid in pass protection.
The skill players for the Bulldogs are talented, and they are the reason they have averaged 47 points per game this year.
If the offensive line continues to improve, the offense will be very difficult to stop.
Arthur Lynch Has Work to Do
Arthur Lynch did a lot of good things last week against FAU but struggled in the Vandy game.
From committing a false penalty to dropping a first-down pass, Lynch had a tough time getting anything going.
Fortunately, Murray has some wide receivers who have continued to make plays this season, but in order for the offense to be clicking on all cylinders, Lynch has to bring his A-game.
Marlon Brown and Tavarres King Make a Dynamic Duo
Speaking of wide receivers, Tavarres King and Marlon Brown made Murray look good with all the catches they made.
Brown caught five passes for 114 yards and one touchdown while King caught four passes for 58 yards and one touchdown.
It was known that King was going to have a strong year, but it's really good to see Brown playing at a high level. It has not been a great career for Brown, but he's playing like a guy that wants to end his college career on a high note.
Malcolm Mitchell Will Improve at Cornerback
Malcolm Mitchell has looked solid at cornerback in the first three games of the year but had some issues in coverage against Vanderbilt.
Mitchell got burned deep a few times against Vanderbilt, including a 60-yard pass from Jordan Rodgers to Chris Boyd late in the third quarter.
The thing is Mitchell has only played cornerback for Georgia this year, and he's going to make his mistakes.
But, cornerback is his natural position, so the more reps he gets, the better he will become.
The Bulldogs Can Start Fast
In the first three games, the Bulldogs got off to a slow start, but would turn up the intensity in the second half.
This time around, the Bulldogs started fast and did not let up until the game came to an end. It was something fans wanted to see, and it's something that the fans knew this team was capable of.
The offense did not turn the ball over, the defense was flying around to the football and the special teams did not make any mental mistakes.
This will be the goal for the Bulldogs for the rest of the year. They may not start fast in all their remaining games, but they showed they can play mistake-free football—a must in order to make it back to the Georgia Dome.
The Bulldogs Are the Most Balanced Team in the SEC
I know LSU and Alabama have talent on both sides of the ball, but the Bulldogs have proven they can be dominant on offense as well as defense.
From the running backs, wide receivers and quarterback, the Bulldogs' offensive personnel is as talented as it comes.
The same can be said about the defense, playing its best game against Vanderbilt. Jones was a standout for the Bulldogs, but the defensive line, the other linebackers and the secondary know how to play together and constantly make plays when the team needs them the most.
There's no telling if the Bulldogs will reach the SEC title game again, but they have the players on offense and defense to make their SEC opponents' lives miserable.