Is there anything better than celebrating game-winning performances by your Georgia Bulldogs? No. No there is not. So let’s do it again. Ladies and gentlemen, your most valuable ‘Dawgs for the Missouri game.
Offense: Jake Fromm. Fromm shook off a bad interception on Georgia’s second possession to finish the night 18 of 26 for 326 yards. He converted a series of third down conversions to keep pace with the suddenly competent Tigers, and in the process obliterated his previous career passing mark.
Fromm’s other accomplishment on the evening? Locking down the starting quarterback job. At this point Jacob Eason has been healthy enough to play for three weeks and hasn’t started, or even played before the game was out of reach. It’s hard to imagine that Fromm isn’t the guy from here on out. What that means for Jacob Eason’s future in Athens is anyone’s guess.
Defense: Dominick Sanders. With his second quarter interception of Drew Lock Sanders became the all-time UGA leader in interception return yards, passing the great Jake Scott. He also moved past his own head coach, who quipped afterward that Sanders is obviously a helluva lot better athlete since he’s gotten so many more yards out of basically the same number of picks. On a night when Georgia was clinging to a 3 point lead against a 4 touchdown underdog, Sanders’ grab was the turning point.
Special teams: Rodrigo Blankenship. Continuing a theme, Rod shook off some early problems, an opening kick returned close to midfield followed by a worm burner that knuckled into the endzone. After that he was a perfect 4 of 4 on field goals and consistently kicked it deep.
Tune in next week when we talk about who handled the bye week best. Or something like that. Until later...