You don’t win a third game in a row against your most hated divisional rival without a few players stepping up big. Those players are the MVDs; the Most Valuable ‘Dawgs from Georgia’s 24-17 win over the Florida Gators.
Offense: Lawrence Cager. I understand that Jake Fromm had a redemptive performance this afternoon. And that may pay big dividends down the road. But Cager’s performance was a truly career night. His 7 catches for 132 yards were a career high and the most receiving yards by a player during Kirby Smart’s tenure in Athens. This was the game Bulldog fans will likely remember Lawrence Cager for a decade from now. What a comeback.
Defense: Monty Rice. Florida rushes for a total of 21 yards on the day and didn’t enter the UGA red zone to run a play until the fourth quarter. A lot of that was Rice and his teammates tackling effectively. Rice led the squad with 9 stops (albeit only 2 solo stops), assisted on a tackle for a loss and defended a pass.
Special teams: Brian Herrien. In addition to his circus catch in the receiving game, Herrien returned two kickoffs for 20+ yards apiece. That was part of a solid field position game for the Bulldogs that was also aided by Jake Camarda’s solid punting. This could certainly go to Rodrigo Blankenship for his 3 for 3 effort on field goals. But I feel the need for variety. So sue me.
Am I right? Am I wrong? Let me know in the comments.