The back-to-back national champion Georgia Bulldogs have a lot of expectations held
They had a slow start offensively, but they took control and won 48-7 over UT Martin. It wasn’t a 70-point blowout like everyone expected from the back-to-back national champions, it’s only Week 1. The Georgia Football program doesn’t make any excuses for themselves, but let’s consider that they are starting a new quarterback (Carson Beck) and bringing in a new offensive coordinator (Mike Bobo).
They’ve also been dealing with a lot of injuries to key players like Ladd McConkey and Daijun Edwards. The coaching staff also decided to sit Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint due to “internal reasons”.
Nevertheless, everyone was awaiting the debut of quarterback Carson Beck. He didn’t wildly impress, but he got in his rhythm as the game progressed and put on a solid performance. Beck completed 21 of his 31 pass attempts for 294 yards. He threw his solo touchdown to Mehki Mews for a 54-yarder.
There was lots of overreaction to the execution of Beck and offensive coordinator Mike Bobo when the Bulldogs couldn’t get anything going. They were ultimately able to find their stride.
The defense was stout as expected against a less-talented UT Martin squad. They held the offense to 260 total yards. They were close to pitching a shutout to start the season, but the Skyhawks were able to squeak a touchdown in the corner of the end zone late in the fourth.
Smael Mondon, the leading tackler from last season, is still dealing with a football injury he suffered during the off-season. He didn’t start, but he was still able to substitute in for some snaps to get his feet wet and get used to game action.
True freshman CJ Allen was able to get a lot of early snaps in the first quarter alongside Jamon Dumas-Johnson.
Daylen Everette and Julian Humphrey split reps almost equally at the second corner spot across from Kamari Lassiter.
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Carson Beck put on a solid performance in his first career start, but Brock Vandagriff made some explosive plays for the short time he was in.
He made a first-down completion under pressure and took off for a 29-yard run on his first drive, but both plays were called back by holding calls.
On the next drive Vandagriff threw a great ball in between two defenders to Mississippi State Rara Thomas for a 56-yard gain. He finished the drive with a 21-yard touchdown pass to Oscar Delp.
Beck is clearly going to remain the starter, but Vandagriff showed that he could step in and make plays if needed.
Defensive Player of the Game: Malaki Starks- 8 tackles (3 solo), 1 pass break-up