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Georgia Football Recruiting: Two 4-Star UGA Locks Are Set to Commit This Month, and A 5-Star Coming Soon?
Recruiting Quick Hits
Tarvarus McFadden ☆☆☆☆☆
McFadden, one of UGA’s top priorities had a terrific time in Athens for the Clemson game.
He says that Jeremy Pruitt made it clear to him how much he wants him. If the Bulldogs are able to land McFadden, he would certainly be their biggest DB commit in the last few years. Tarvarus has great athleticism, and really has the ability to be a shutdown corner or safety, whichever Pruitt feels like would fit him best. I think UGA is the team to beat right now, but there are still a few others right there at the top as well.
His leaders are Georgia, FSU (thought by many to be his favorite), and LSU
Rusty Mansell of 247 Sports has more on Tarvarus and many other recruits here.
Emmanuel McGirt ☆☆☆☆
After visiting Athens for the Clemson game on Saturday, a decision seems to be coming soon for the OL out of Durham, N.C. McGirt loved everything about his visit and said it was even better than his time at Dawg Night. Since Emmauel will be enrolling early at the school of his choice, he said that his decision will be coming within the month. You have to think that this news, coming just a couple days after his visit to Georgia, spells good things for the Bulldogs. At 6-6, 275 lbs., McGirt would add even more size to this already stellar OL class that UGA is putting together. He would fit in great at Georgia and would have a realistic shot at starting as a freshman.
McGirt’s leaders are Georgia, N.C. State, and Florida.
Jake Reuse of Rivals.com has more on McGirt’s commitment status here.
Micah Abernathy ☆☆☆☆
Micah Abernathy, whose been considered a Georgia lean for a while now, also says that he will be announcing his decision this month. Like McGirt, Abernathy was also in Athens for the Clemson game, and the fact that he now says he’ll be committing sometime this month makes you think that Micah has the “Dawgs On Top.” Abernathy would be a huge pickup for the Dawgs, who always seem to be in need of DBs. Abernathy has good size for his position at 6-1, 175 lbs., and would fit in great with Jeremy Pruitt’s new defense.
Abernathy’s leaders are Georgia, Oregon, Tennessee, and Ohio State.
Rusty Mansell of 247 Sports has more on Abernathy here.
*Rankings according to 247 Sports
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Georgia Football: Hutson Mason Not Going to Pass Again, What We Learned, and Relive the Clemson Game Once More – Daily Dose of Dawg
No More Passing
So maybe it won’t be quite that extreme, but there seems to be a shift taking place in the UGA offense. The Bulldogs rushed the ball 41 times for 328 yards on Saturday night, and didn’t run a single pass play in the fourth quarter. Now I love slinging the ball around and getting our receivers involved, but the Georgia coaches realized what we were all thinking, “Why stop running the ball when we’re dominating?” Now I think we’ll certainly throw the ball and rely on the passing game a little more as the season goes on, but I still expect our coaches to call mostly running plays until teams are able to stop them. And why not when you have a 1-2-3-4 punch that can take over games?
Marc Weiszer has more on this here.
Quick Takeaways From Saturday’s Blowout Win Against the Tigers
Radi Nabulsi of 11 Alive News did a great piece on the five things we learned from UGA’s first game. I would sum them up, but he truly says them best.
Great Photos From UGA’s First Game
So not exactly news, but Logan Booker of Bulldawg Illustrated was able to get 75 great pictures from the Smackdown in Sanford Stadium that took place this weekend.
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For what it’s worth, this fan really says everything that needs to be said: the best sport is back.
If you want to delve a little deeper, though, follow along!
Meta- The Three Phases
First of all, major shout-out to the third phase, the infamous UGA Special Teams, for getting the job done with a bullet on Saturday. I thought the first punt and Adam Humphries’ backwards return set the tone for the defense’s ensuing 3-and-out. Georgia won the field position stalemate portion of the game in the third quarter, leading to the explosion. Oh, and then there was this.
Defensively, one simply can’t say enough about the Georgia second half. Regardless of schematic adjustments and personnel, Clemson is the type of offense that should be relied upon for at least a few first downs in a half. I came away stunned. The D looked more aggressive (while not leaving secondary players on islands, Todd Grantham) and most importantly, more confident.
I loved the multiple looks Pruitt provided. Floyd with his hand on the ground, off the edge, or up the middle in third-and-longs. Swann taking over as the ‘Star’ (the LaMarcus Joyner role) with everything from edge blitzes to the middle deep third. Swann is who Andrew thought he was this time last year.
The offense simply did a great job wearing Clemson down, and not really showing its hand too much while doing so. I’m not personally a fan of giving the best running back in the nation multiple breaks that end in three-and-outs, but hey, results.
After 28 games of intense Georgia-watching, I think I have a pretty good idea of Mike Bobo’s playcalls based on formation and presnap movement, but he got me a few times on Saturday. Early on, moving the slots to the backfield and showing a two-back look with both Isaiah McKenzie and Sony Michel joining TG3 was a twist I haven’t seen in Athens. Bobo broke tendency a more than a few times on Saturday, and with the talent on this offense, that’s horrifying.
So many to name based on spending most of my Labor Day on the couch rewatching and napping.
TG3- If he stays healthy, he’s leaving Athens with a heavy bronze statue. Simple as that.
Michel/Chubb- Bobo’s willingness to play them in the slot as well as at traditional back is a fascinating development. You will see the jet shovel sweep to Michel like the one on Georgia’s second possession a lot, then, BAM! fake it, counter to Gurley, 6. And Chubb….lord.
Brandon Kublanow- this guy was GREAT on Saturday. He got to the second level on at least two of the 4 long TD runs, kept Grady Jarrett out of the backfield for almost all of the game, and showed the athleticism to pull as the lead guy time and time again.
Isaiah McKenzie- he had the bad drop early, but is just the shifty threat this offense was lacking.
Sterling Bailey- for the first time since I’ve been watching, Bailey was a disruptive force on defense. Like everyone else, he moved around all game, but was most impressive as a regular DE. His athleticism jumped out at me, even on a very athletic front seven.
Quincy Mauger/Corey Moore- both were a little out of position a few times, but both looked like new players after 2013. Mauger was a heat-seeking missile.
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Could we see a rematch of the greatest SEC title of all time this year? Alabama and Georgia, who both have favorable schedules, could be on a crash course to Atlanta. Georgia looked better than expected in week one, and Alabama was a little underwhelming in their debut. One thing is for sure, these two teams have the most talented running backs in the country. The trick is finding out who has the edge going forward.
Alabama: The Good
First thing is first: WE MADE FOUR FIELD GOALS!!! That was so refreshing to see after watching kick six highlights for 6 months. Derrick Henry and TJ Yeldon both rushed for over 100 yards and 3 touchdowns. Hand one of them the ball and just get out of the way. I know I am going to get a lot of heat for this, but Lane Kiffin is a hell of an offensive coordinator. Kiffin was able to get Blake Sims to complete 65% of his passes, and have over 550 yards of total offense. I think it is time we all fess up that Kiffin knows how to coach an offense. Amari Cooper, 12 catches 130 yards (Nuff Said). Alabama has enough talent to compete with anyone going forward, and I look forward to watching Kiffin play with his new toys.
Georgia: The Good
Todd Gurley. Is there anything else that needs to go in this section, because from what I have read, Todd played defense too. Gurley aside, all of the other running backs looked incredible against a highly touted Clemson defensive line. Speaking of the trenches, hats off to both the offense and defensive lines for really controlling the line of scrimmage all night. The defense had a strong second half that made the two QBs for Clemson look like high school freshman back there.
Alabama: The Bad
For the love of Bear Bryant, I cannot watch Bradley Slyve defend another pass. It was like watching Damien Swann cover anyone last year, just painful. The linebackers were not filling the gaps well, but I will cut them a little slack because it was their first starts. Either way, you play for the Alabama Crimson Tide, this is not Kentucky where you get effort grades. If Alabama wants to be in contention at the end of the year, the defensive backs will have to remove their heads out of a certain area of their bodies and play like the Crimson Tide defense that we are all accustomed to seeing.
Georgia: The Bad
Truthfully, aside from a few missed tackles and assignments in the first half, I have no criticism.
History Repeat itself?
The only way Alabama and Georgia will end up facing each other in Atlanta, is if the QB play going forward shows us something other than turning around and handing the ball off. Do any of you remember Hutson Mason throwing a single memorable pass, or did you think Todd Gurley threw it? Blake Sims is not the long term answer for the Tide. He played an adequate game, but I just do not think he has the throwing capacity to lead the Tide all season. Until Mason, Sims, or Coker have to lead a game winning drive, I do not think we will be able to put either one of these teams in the two team playoff. Aaron Murray and AJ McCarron are not there to lead these drives, one of these guys has to stand up and show they have the ability to make big throws when it matters most. That is what will decide who has the biggest edge going forward in the SEC.