Even when the outcome isn’t what we hoped, a few good ‘Dawgs usually still distinguish themselves on the field of play. Tonight’s excruciating loss to the Crimson Tide was no different. Feel free to return to bellyaching and moaning about only fielding the second or third best team in America momentarily. But for now, let’s take a look at the best players in every phase of the game.
Offense: Jake Fromm. While he was a tad shaky there at the end in the face of a ton of pressure, Jake Fromm kept Georgia in this thing with perhaps the gutsiest game of his career. Jake finished 25 of 39 for 301 yards, with three touchdowns and no turnovers.
What’s more, several of those throws were NFL-caliber tosses. Taking his body of work as a whole, Fromm has taken a big step forward in 2018. I’m not saying Justin Fields won’t be the starting quarterback of the Georgia Bulldogs in 2019. I am saying if he is he will have displaced one helluva quarterback.
Defense: D’Andre Walker. We began this game by saying Georgia needed to get pressure on the Tide quarterbacks to have a chance and lamenting how unlikely that was.
Enter D’Andre Walker. Walker ended his night with 5 total tackles, 2 tackles for loss, a sack, a forced fumble, a pass break up, and a QB hurry. He probably would have notched a partridge in a pear tree if this one had gone to overtime. Georgia will miss Deandre Baker and Jonathan Ledbetter when 2019 gets here. But Walker has been incredibly and quietly productive when he’s been needed.
Special teams: Jake Camarda. Camarda punted six times for an average of 48.0 yards (including a 60 yarder), which is good. The thing is, things could have been even better if the Bulldog punt team had managed to down a couple of Camarda’s punts that landed inside the five. He also took the charge on a running into the kicker penalty that resulted in a first down. Frankly, if we’d just let him punt the ball from midfield in the fourth quarter this one might have ended differently.
Am I right, or am I wrong? Feel free to let me know in the comments below. Until later...