You don't go on the road to secure a decisive conference win without having some players come up big. But for the Georgia Bulldogs some players came up bigger than others in their 41-17 win over South Carolina. Those key players are your MVDs: Most Valuable ‘Dawgs.
Offense: Mecole Hardman. Hardman’s 6 catches for 103 yards were both career highs, and the junior continues to develop into one of the most explosive weapons in Jim Chaney’s arsenal.
Defense: Deandre Baker. The senior cornerback drew the toughest assignment on the day, manning up on the Gamecocks’ top playmaker, Deebo Samuel. The result? Samuel caught 4 passes for 17 yards and was relegated to essentially a non-factor. Baker also picked off Jake Bentley on the first defensive series to set up a touchdown. He also chipped in 6 tackles on the day. Truly a draft stock-building performance.
Special teams: Rodrigo Blankenship. I hate to sound like a broken record, but we are somehow still underselling how clutch General RecSpecs is. Blankenship’s 45 yard field goal as the clock expired at the half to put Georgia up 20-10 was a tough kick, and the 44 yarder in the second half wasn't much easier. Hot Rod was also a perfect 5 of 5 on extra points and put all 6 of his kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks. The guy has just been quietly perfect almost every week for the past season and a half.