I said before the game. Anyone betting on Richt to cover a 38+ point spread deserves what they get. Final score UGA 44 vs. ULM 7...37 point victory.
- Overall Offense - When you have 11 penalities for 99 yards, you are making your life unnecessarily difficult. When you add the "hidden" lost yardage from big offensive plays called back due to penalties, the Dawgs probably surrendered 150-175 yards in penalties for the game. That is ridiculous. The penalties and the two turnovers were killers. The Dawgs probably score 2-3 more times if they just cut these stupid penalties in half. For more on my thoughts on the holding calls click here.
- Defensive Stars -- Brandon Miller did an incredible job of fighting off blockers and busting up plays. His pursuit speed and strength are fantastic. Charles Johnson gets better every week, and he probably needs to be starting over Thompson. Paul Oliver has improved LIGHT YEARS since the UT game last year. Verdun, Moses and Blue looked great as well. Jennings' play when he went over the 6'5" WR to break up the long pass was oustanding.
- Defensive Tackles - What is going on with Golston and Anderson? I rarely hear their names called. Gant made a few plays from inside in this one, but otherwise what's going on with our DTs? Am I missing something. The CBS announcers were saying that the key to blowing up Urban Meyer's system was defensive tackle pressure. Neither of our guys is as good as Mahalona, but they are going to have to play bigger than they have to date to cause the disruptions vs. UT and UF.
- DJ Shockley - Looked good at times. But he over threw 2 wide open passes for TDs in the 1st Half. If the offensive line and WRs would stop with the holding and ridiculous penalties, DJ would look like a better QB. Continually putting your QB in a position to convert 3rd and 7+ because of penalties is not the recipe for long term success. No INTs is a good thing.
Overall - our OL run blocks dramatically better than pass blocking. The Bama vs. South Carolina game reinforced that we should have run the ball much more in the first half of that game. We could have run the ball much more in this one too.
Personally, I don't mind that these directional school games are somewhat like this. I want a game with a big score, but lots of things you can coach up. A game that doesn't make you feel complacent. That said, 11 penalties for 99 yards wasn't what I was hoping for.
With UT showing it's deep problems in the coaching and QB areas, I think we have a legit shot at going into the Gator game undefeated. We just have to cut the penalties and turnovers way down. The only thing in our way is mental mistakes. Not physical ones. That's not a bad situation to be in.
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