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Winners in Georgian football and losers after losing to Florida
The loser: Kirby Smart
For Georgia as great as it was under Smart, Saturday was one of the worst days since Smart took over before the 2016 season. The defeat in Alabama was terrible and the loss in South Carolina in 2019 also ranked there. .
But what makes Saturday such a bad day for the Georgia show is largely due to Smart and his decisions both in the game and in the past.
The most obvious problem is and continues to be the match against the quartet in Georgia. Saturday is a new bottom, as Stetson Bennett and D̵7;Wan Mathis combine to complete 9 of the 29 passes. They also had three interceptions in the defeat.
When you compare Georgia to its elite programs in college football, the most obvious thing Georgia lacks is a stellar midfielder. Tagovailoa was drafted in the first round of last year’s NFL draft and Mac Jones did not miss a beat. Trevor Lawrence has missed out on his last two matches and his backup DJ Uiagalelei has thrown 781 yards in that time.
The quartile issue has been and will continue to be brought up until Smart is able to fix it.
But another part that made Saturday so disappointing for Smart is that his defensive abilities were ruined against an elite opponent once again. Kyle Trask threw 474 yards as Gators gained 44 points. Some would point out the injury, which is certainly fair, but Georgia was burnt down on the wheel tracks and moved backwards out of the backyard.
The results on Saturday will definitely be a pain for Georgia. And it will be a reminder to Smart that no matter how much he’s done, he still has a lot to do if he ends up becoming a coach to win the national championship.
Winner: Dan Mullen
We often call Mullen in this space throughout the season, so let’s admit that Saturday is a great day for him. Apparently he overcame Smart and designed a great plan from the attacking part of the ball.
On defense, Gators made adjustments and didn’t have a lot of “Tuesday and Grantham” this year because Georgia was 2 out of 13 on Tuesday.
Florida fell after 14-0 and never blinked. Mullen deserves credit for beating Smart and Georgia on Saturday. It will be worth seeing what impact this win will have on the Florida program. Did it give them more credibility to the people who were employed? Georgia’s primary defense goal, Terrion Arnold has certainly paid attention to the results.
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– Terrion Arnold (@ArnoldTerrion) November 8, 2020
The loser: Skill player Georgia
Georgia’s skill players were not a problem on Saturday. But the number of injuries at wide receiving range and running back is rapidly becoming worrying.
The Bulldogs have been without Dominick Blaylock for a whole year after he tore off his ACL in August. George Pickens has missed the last two games due to an upper body injury. Arian Smith traveled with his team to Florida but he is also battling injuries all season. The Bulldogs also haven’t had Kenny McIntosh since the Alabama game, although like Smith, he has been traveling.
Then two more promising skill players were injured on Saturday. Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint suffered a terrible injury when he scored a goal in the first quarter, ending his season. Then in the fourth quarter, freshman Kendall Milton left the game with an MCL sprain. It is likely he will still be back this season, but injuries are starting to really pile up for this group.
Georgia is unlikely to return to the game with the SEC championship this season. In an ideal world, Bulldogs will use these next four games to develop some of these young skill players. At different times this season, they show promise.
But you won’t be able to grow if you have to retire because of an injury. For many of these players, the best hope will be a period of strong recovery so they can be ready to start the 2021 season.
Winner: Zamir White
We’ll say something nice here about a Georgia player, and we’ll start with White as he tops 100 yards for the second straight game. White did most of his damage on a 75 yard touchdown, appearing on the first play of the game.
It was a long career for White, and it was an explosive run that Georgia is desperately looking for.
Now THAT is how you started a game! @GeorgiaFootball at 75 yards TD on the first play of the game. pic.twitter.com/Vw5QWq60K4
– CBS Sports (@CBSSports) November 7, 2020
Unfortunately for White, he ended up with just six carry after the first. He ended the game with 107 yards on those touches. Overall, the race for Georgia has become tougher partly because Florida is lining up.
But if there is a positive out of the fun, it is that White has begun to look like the run for which he is billed. He looks comfortable in his knees and cuts. He has scored one goal in every game this season and now it looks like he has regained his breakout speed.
With all the trauma trauma involved, Georgia is likely to look more towards White. And he certainly looks more capable of carrying a load.
The loser: Georgia’s championship
Florida has made it clear that this Georgia team is not the championship material. But further this season, until Georgia can find midfield, it looks like the dream of winning the championship is far away.
Maybe Mathis will improve with more game avatars. Perhaps Daniels made the improvements needed to break into the starting lineup. Carson Beck is likely to emerge this season after spending more time on the show.
Georgia also has commitments from 5-star defender Brock Vandagriff. He is Georgia’s first promising 5-star high school midfielder to land since landing Justin Fields in 2018. With the success of Lawrence, Uiagalelei, Sam Howell in North Carolina and the year student defenders Most other has been in recent seasons, there will certainly be pressure on Vandagriff to make an immediate contribution.
Expectations for Vandagriff will be extremely high, much higher than you should expect from a freshman defender. That’s in part due to the way the midfield is handled in recent seasons.
Georgia’s goal under Smart was to win championships. Obviously now to achieve that goal, it has to have better midfield play.
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