The Georgia G-Day Game: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
The G-Day game has come and gone and, I must say, it was nice to see a little Georgia football. However, I left with some positive and negative impressions. So, let's just get to it, shall we?
Joe Cox looked alright. The first play, a flea-flicker that went for 35-yards, was likely his best play and even that looked a little sloppy.
The snap was low, the pass was a bit wobbly, and I got the feeling that if contact was allowed, Cox would have gotten a spear to the chest by any one of our defensive lineman because he was left painfully exposed.
Overall, Cox had a couple of nice plays, but he fumbled a couple snaps and seemed a bit choppy on a number of his throws. Of course the wide receiver play didn't help his cause much as they seemed more intent on dropping balls than catching them.
Logan Gray looked really good. He seemed more comfortable at the position than Cox did and executed pretty well on the pass plays. He had one sure touchdown dropped by Israel Troupe.
When he ran the ball, it was clear that he was looking to get yards and was prepared for the hit if it came; the defense was not shy about laying the brick to him either.
Gray reportedly has put on about 10-12lbs of muscle this spring. He'll need it if he plans to use his legs.
Aaron Murray looked like he was ready to start now. He had no problem rolling out of the pocket and making throws across his body.
He threw strikes to his receiver and he did it with confidence and poise. He will make it very interesting for both Cox and Gray.
Zach Mettenberger showed off his big arm, but he was mainly ineffective and I can see him being the guy to redshirt this season.
The running backs
Caleb King did nothing to cement himself as the number one guy. He had a couple decent runs in the game, but was pretty average for the most part. I think he's done more to hurt himself than help.
He is clearly an edge-runner and he is content to run east-west until he finds a seam. In the SEC, sometimes, you need to make holes.
Knowshon loved space too, but he didn't depend on the sidelines to find his best route. King needs to expand his skill-set a bit.
Carlton Thomas was a wonder. He really stepped up and showed the world why so many Dawg fans are asking who he is and wondering when he will get his chance to shine. He totaled 59-yards on the day, with a score, and looked the most comfortable running the ball. I look forward to seeing more of him.
Kalvin Daniels was pretty decent for a walk-on. His stats were comparable to King, which either speaks highly of Daniels or poorly of King, take your pick. I don't know how much Kalvin will factor into the running game, but he could be a factor on special teams.
Shaun Chapas was pretty impressive. He has three carries for 25-yards. He may be able to fill the hole that Southerland has left behind.
There are still a couple guys we haven't seen in Richard Samuels and Washaun Ealey. The Dawgs are sure to use a committee at the tailback position, so it should be interesting to see who steps up and makes the cut since, as of now, it is clear that there is no definite No. 1.
The tight ends
Aron White looked good. It's nice to see the tight ends getting involved in the offense again as something other than a blocker.
Yesterday, they seemed to be the only position with sure-hands. White had three catches for 50-yards. However, the two dropped passes won't help his case for a starting nod once Big Fif comes back into the picture.
Derek Rich had two catches for 44-yards.
It looks like Bobo will be making an effort to get that tight end more involved next season.
The wide receivers
Where do I begin? Can I say the wide receivers were not good? No, how about they sucked? Yeah, that's it, they sucked yesterday.
The two that stand out are the sure first down by Renner, an 18-yard strike thrown to him by Gray on a third and long, and the even more heartbreaking one by Troupe that was right on the goal line and in his hands before he let it hit the grass.
One thing is for sure, someone had better step up at wideout or it's going to be ugly for whomever starts at quarterback.
The defense looked good. I feel pretty confident that we will be fine going into the season, even without Jeff Owens starting, they held their own against the run and wreaked a lot of havoc on the passing downs, tipping and deflecting passes at the line of scrimmage.
Once we get healthy, I expect us to surprise some folks in the SEC who might underestimate us.
I know the G-Day game is really nothing more than a glorified scrimmage, but you can still see where some holes need to be filled before that first match-up against OKSU.
It will be nice to see who steps up and who steps out of the picture.
Until then, I wait patiently for my next Bulldog fix.
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