On Saturday, Georgia fans were anxious to see what the new 3-4 defense and Aaron Murray looked like. Impressive pretty much sums it up for the new quarterback and defense. While the Dawgs were missing key players such as Green, King, Ealey, and Sturdivant Georgia still was able to put up 55 points and 377 yards of total offense.
While there were a few times the o-line seemed to cave in and the blown coverage that gave the Cajuns their only score of the game Georgia looked great.
This was Aaron Murray's first real college football game and the first time he was in a true game since 2008 and he could have asked for a better day. Murray looked good for a red shirt freshmen Saturday throwing for 160 yards and going 17/16.
Murray played well even with the line collapsed in front of him. One play being near amazing when the line collapsed and Murray somehow got the ball off to an open Logan Gray in the endzone. Gray would drop the ball. but it does not take away from what Murray did.
The most talked about play had to be Murray's sixteen yard run for a touchdown at the end of the second quarter. Murray showed that he was not only deadly passing the ball, but he can run it as well.
Murray did throw an interception, but that was more Durham's fault than Murray's In fact there were a few great passes by Murray that were dropped by the receivers including a pass in the endzone.
Murray did have a few bad plays one being a pass that seemed to go straight to a Cajun defender with no red shirts around him. The defender would drop the interception and Murray would make up for it with a touchdown run.
The running game was good at best for the Georgia Bulldogs, with a total of 193 yards rushing. This was done however without Washaun Ealey. Ealey who accounted for 717 yards last year and three touchdowns. Ealey also did not play until the fifth game of the season.
Caleb King took up for Ealey in the game by putting up 47 yards and a 20 yard touchdown. King had to share the ball with fellow backs Thomas, Smith, Chapas, and even Murray.
Carlton Thomas who only gained 92 yards last year broke out for 61 yards and some amazing plays for the true sophomore. Thomas averaged 4.7 yards and had 14 yard run. Thomas surprised a lot Saturday when it looked liked he was knocked down he was still moving.
Shaun Chapas the fullback, only got two carries that totaled for 10 yards. When Chapas got the ball he seemed to move more like a running back than a fullback which will play great late on in the season.
Smith and Munzenmaier both racked up 24 yards with Smith breaking out on a 17 yard run. Murray while the quaterback was able to run for 42 yards and a touchdown.
Fans of Georgia were shocked when the news that A.J Green would not be playing due to the NCAA still not clearing him to play. With, that news Kris Durham, Logan Gray, Orson, Charles, and Marlon Brown had more pressure put on them. Earlier in the month it was declared that Tavarres King would not play in week one.
Kris Durham who did not play last year had five catches for 83 yards and a three yard touchdown reception. Durham's best play came in the second quarter. Aaron Murray threw a 41 yard pass to Durham in which Durham caught the ball behind him.
Logan Gray who was the back up for Joe Cox last year moved to receiver after a dismal season for him. Gray caught two balls for 32 yards and a touchdown catch from true freshmen quarterback Huston Mason.
Orson Charles gained two receptions for 28 yards and a 22 yard catch. Marlon Brown also caught two balls for for 24 yards. Shaun Chapas who is a fullback caught three passes for 18 yards and a touchdown pass for 11 yards.
In the 2009 season Georgia had a terrible defense giving up countless big plays. It's is hard to tell what was more embarrassing the poor tackles or the fact that every time there was a pass play the Dawg fans had to hold their breath.
The question for Todd Grantham would the defense be better and more disciplined than last year? The question seemed to be answered on Saturday in a big way with sacks, interceptions, and best thing no penalties for the defense.
One of the biggest glaring errors form last year was that defense only had ten interceptions. In this game alone the defense came away with three interceptions and a fumble.
There was one play which was blown coverage by Bacarri Rambo and resulted in a 60 yard touchdown. The 60 yard touchdown was the only Cajun touchdown and half of their total yards of offense.
The defense was constantly pressuring the Cajun quarterback and picked up a couple sacks as well.
Louisiana was only able to put up 114 total passing yards and just 14 yards rushing which totaled to just 128 yards total,
Friday the South Carolina preview comes out and Georgia looks to continue their great playing and bring into Columbia who dominated Southern Mississippi 41-13. Ealey, King, and Green are expected to be playing Saturday the Dawgs will need them if they want to contend for an SEC title.