Needless to say, I am happy. Either ULL is a bad football team or Georgia is better than we thought, or some combination thereof.
I'll have more indepth later, but for now, I wanted to get my general thoughts out.
- Aaron Murray. His only interception was a fluky deal. He could have been closer to 22 of 26 and 225 yds. He handled the ball well, handled the playbook well and only made one really bad decision that I saw. In my wildest dreams, I couldn't have imagined a debut this good. Oh yeah, that run and the presence to know where he was, switching the ball to the field side hand and breaking the plane. Very DJ Shockley.
- Kris Durham. Welcome back. Please stay healthy.
- Logan Gray. Ditto.
- Ten receivers catching passes.
- The linebackers. The interceptions were the aided by pressure on the QB. Boykin's was a fantastically athletic play, but the ball was rushed due to pressure. Hamilton's was due to the QB being flushed and throwing across his body on the run. They were a factor and except for a few scattered plays early, really brought the pain on the run.
- The defense playing with passion, speed and a head hunting mentality. Welcome back Junkyard Dawgs. I forgot how much I missed you.
- Coaching. Seeing Todd Grantham go postal on Bacari Rambo's blown coverage on the TD pass was eye shieldingly frightening. Don't piss Todd Grantham off. Bobo seemed to keep the play calling interesting enough. Great playcall on Durham's first TD, when everyone was thinking fade. The dback never had a chance.
- King and Thomas looked pretty solid running the ball, especially after first contact.
- Hutson Mason. Lovely symmetry with Mason throwing his first TD pass to Logan Gray for his first TD reception.
- Blair Walsh and Drew Butler. Yawn.
- Not sure what was with Brandon Bogotay kicking off in the first half. Hopefully, that was a bone being thrown and not some trend or strategy. I have nothing against him, but Walsh clearly kicks a more coverable ball.
- Dropsies. It wasn't as bad as Neal and Ware would have you believe, but anytime you have more than one per 20 attempts, it isn't good. Logan's drop in the endzone was the only one that required a pretty nice play, but was a catchable ball, one that I feel confident he'll make later in the season. Durham's resulted in the int.
- The back to back procedure penalties. 5 for 30 is much, much better than last year's nonsense, but those contributed to putting the Dawgs in a 3 and 26 hole. Not good.
- Missed assignments. We are still growing into the 3-4. I am excited about how The Dawgs played defensively, no doubt. We have a ways to go. Rambo's whiff wasn't the only missed assignment, it was just the only one that cost too much. This comes with learning the defense and playing aggressively, but limiting the really big mistakes will need to come soon, or the next two weeks will be long Saturdays.
- I hesitate to say it, but the run at the end of the first half was very gambly. Yes, it turned out beautifully, but Murray was open to getting hammered. If he doesn't get in, the clock runs out. Much too high risk/reward for Coach Richt's liking. Me, the jury is out.
What'd I miss?