Ok, maybe I'm missing something, but we beat a pretty dang good Vandy team Saturday and beat them like a dog. Yes, the score ended up being close, but the game never was. We spotted them 14-21 points off turnovers. The team let off the gas and lost focus, and yes it almost cost us the game, but when really good teams are in that situation they're able to turn it back on. Legree stepped up and made a huge play and then the Offense took back over. We were in that situation, and we turned it back on and finished the game. I wanted the 70-0 score too, but lets be realistic here.
This weeks game, minus the turnovers, was back on par with where we were expecting this team to be this year. The Offensive line was slinging Vandy guys around like rag dogs, the Dline finally showed up and was playing like motivated beasts, the backs were busting big plays, the receivers were making big catches, the secondary was locking down receivers, and the QBs were pin point on most passes. It was a solid team effort, and fairly tough pick. I have a feeling a few of you may not agree so much with this weeks pick, but ...
THIS WEEK'S, CACK'S TOAST OF THE GAME AGAINST VANDERBILT IS ... THE RECEIVERS
I know, Shaw had a really good game, but if you break down plays and look to see what made them develope. You will notice a lot that the receivers had a lot to do with it. Not only were those guys making tremendous catches (Nick and Bruce's TD catches), but Mike and Brandon busted out big gains on runs and swing/screen passes mostly because of the receivers down field blocking. Shaq Roland has made some HUGE blocks this year, and Bryd or Jones (who knows as much as they swich numbers), I'm pretty sure Bryd, had a block on one of the swing passes that decleated one of Vandy's players. It was one of the hardest hits of the night. Look back at Mike's 75 yard run against UGA, he picked up another 30 yards because of Byrd staying on his block. Everyone was worried preseason about our receivers and who would step up. Well, the whole group has stepped up so far, and they deserve some love.
- A much better showing from the previous week. Shaw looked like he was on a mission to put the UGA performance in the past and show he's better than that ... and he did. One of by biggest issues during Shaw's career is his lack of taking chances down field. He trusted hie receiver, arm and decision on that first TD pass to Jones, and it was a thing of beauty. Sometimes you have to take chances and swing for the fences. He did that and hit a home run.
- These guys finally played the game we've been expecting to see from them all along. The Wildcat hurt us a bit, but the was scheme that cost us to be out of position on plays. Wildcat is a gimic, when they lined up and played Football ... we took over.
- Boy, these guys are really looking good this season. How many runs did Wilds and Davis have that they got through the line without having a single person lay a finger on them? When both of these guys are able to get into the 2nd level untouched ... they're very hard to get down. I am very impressed with the way the Offensive Line has looked so far this season.
- Both guys deserve some love for their own ... Mike had about 150 total yards again Saturday, and has really stepped up to fill the void of Marcus leaving. We might not be able to fill the leadership hole, right now, but he's definitely filling the production on the field hole. He's on pace to get about 2,000 total yards this year.
- People can talk "Gurshell" all they want, but I wouldn't want any other 1-2 punch than the one we have. Make is the #1 guy, but every single time Brandon comes in, he makes a big play. He makes 2 moves and takes a screen pass 30+ yards to the house that could have went for 300 yards. It's obvious that our coaching staff doesn't hesitate to put either back in for any situation in the game. 3rd and short ... both guys have been in to pick up the tough yards. 3rd and 10 ... both guys have been in to catch the swing pass and take it 20 yards. Couldn't be more happy with both guys in the backfield.
We made a few errors in the game Saturday that kept the scoreboard from showing how bad this game was, but I'm in no way in panic mode today.
EVERYONE RAISE YOUR GLASS ... HERE'S TO THE RECEIVERS
Week 1 - Offensive Line
Week 2 - Mike Davis
Week 3 - The Receivers