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MVDs: Most Valuable ‘Dawgs

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NCAA Football: Georgia at Vanderbilt Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Another game, another convincing Bulldog victory. Now it’s time for us to recognize the players who made the difference for the good guys: your Most Valuable ‘Dawgs.

Offense: the whole darn offensive line. Every one of them. Georgia ran the ball for 423 yards and is averaging 268 per game, a marked improvement over last season’s 191 yards/game average. In this game perhaps more than any other so far the big uglies asserted their dominance from the opening whistle straight through to the end. My God, it was gorgeous.

To be fair the line did get away with some busts in pass protection, then didn’t get away with one when nobody volunteered to block the 3 technique tackle on the late sack/fumble by Jacob Eason. But hey, I said they were very good, not perfect.

Defense: Roquan Smith. I hate to be predictable, but Roquan the Damager led the Red and Black in tackles (7) for what seemed like the thirty-fourth consecutive game. Smith is really having a special season and it is likely his last in Athens and that makes me happy for him and sad for us.

Special services: 23,000 +/- screaming Bulldog fans.

The special teams themselves were sufficient if not exemplary. But the way the Georgia fanbase once again showed up on the road was fantastic.

There is a palpable excitement around this football program. The players feel it. The coaches feel it. Recruits feel it. Even the national media is taking notice. There’s a whole lotta work left to be done. But there’s no denying it’s a great time to be a Georgia Bulldog.