There are no bad dogs. There are also no bad ‘Dawgs. But that doesn't mean that on one given Saturday one ‘Dawg may not shine above all others. In fact it happens all the time, and is the raison d’etre for this weekly feature. So who were the most valuable ‘Dawgs in Georgia’s 38-12 victory over Tennessee?
Offense- Elijah Holyfield. Holyfield’s 78 yards on 12 carries actually felt like more to me. The junior is getting better and gaining confidence every week. He is getting North/South on his runs and shedding tackles beyond the line of scrimmage. I wouldn't be surprised to see him have a true performance for the ages against a tough opponent if the offensive line gels down the stretch.
Defense- Monty Rice. Rice didn't actually lead the team in tackles, and he didn't cause any turnovers. But I can't help but notice that the Bulldog defense is better with the sophomore from Alabama in the middle. Rice just has a great combination of speed, aggression, and football IQ. Getting him back and keeping him healthy for the meat of the schedule will be important.
Spe cial teams- Rodrigo Blankenship. Who else? Hot Rod’s embarrassing consistency is now spreading to cleaning up others’ errors.
It’s like that episode of How I Met Your Mother in which Barney was simply incapable of taking a bad photograph. I'm starting to believe Rodri-GOAT simply doesn't know how to miss an extra point or chip shot field goal. Perfect on extra points. Perfect on kickoffs. It’s just embarrassing how spoiled we are with this guy.
As always fee free to offer your own nominations in the comments. And...