You don’t win by three scores against a top ten opponent without somebody coming up big. More than likely, several somebodies. Such was the case for your Georgia Bulldogs this week, as a host of Athenians made huge plays to lead the ‘Dawgs to a 36-17 win over the Florida Gators. Picking the best of the best was tough, and I’m fully open to alternate suggestions, but here are my best guesses for the key players in each phase of Saturday’s game.
Defense: Tyrique McGhee. I could make a compelling case for Deandre Baker, who was unthrowon-able for the thirty-eighth consecutive week. Or Monty Rice, who forced a fumble and led the team with 11 tackles. But McGhee gets my vote for his 5 tackles and, more importantly forcing a fumble and intercepting a pass in the first half to put the brakes on a Florida offense that was gaining serious yardage. Without those two stops Feleipe Franks probably gains a lot more confidence and this one becomes much more of a dog fight.
Offense: Jeremiah Holloman. Holloman got his first career start and showed he deserved it, with 4 catches for 48 yards and 2 touchdowns. JJ has emerged as perhaps the Dawgs’ most well-rounded receiver, a good route runner and exceptional blocker with speed to burn, strong hands, and impressive body control. What I’m saying is, Jeremiah Holloman May develop into an NFL wide receiver and this makes me very, very happy.
All eyez on me I had a pac moment pic.twitter.com/KK15hEMpa5— Jeremiah Holloman (@Obey_Classics) October 28, 2018
Special Teams: Jake Camarda. The freshman punter struggled mightily against LSU but came back in a big way against the Gators. Camarda averaged 43 yards per punt and of course had that kick that Mecole Hardman downed at the Gator 1 yard line. But an overlooked stat from Saturday is Florida’s average starting field position off Camarda’s four punts: their own 17.8 yard line.
As always, feel free to include your own nominations in the comments below, and ....