Winning football doesn’t just happen. It’s the result of a total team effort.
And while it takes a whole team to win, it takes a few special players to engineer a blowout against a solid football team. These are the MVDs, the most valuable ‘Dawgs from Georgia’s 55-0 victory over Arkansas State.
Offense: D’Andre Swift. Honestly, you could have tacked the offensive two deep to the wall and thrown a dart and come up with a choice you could make an argument for here. Everything James Coley wanted to do on offense worked pretty much the way he drew it up. Jake Fromm’s 17 of 22 for 279 yard passing effort was impressively efficient, for example. But Swift’s 140 total yards on only 11 touches was exquisite. When you average 12.7 yards a touch from the tailback spot, you get my game ball.
Defense: Tyler Clark. Arkansas State was unable to ever get the offense on track, and a big part of that was a UGA defensive line that got solid penetration most of the afternoon. Tyler Clark probably had the biggest day from among the guys on that line, piling up 5 tackles and 1.5 sacks. He also got in a couple of good hits on ASU quarterback Logan Bonner that won’t show up on the stat sheet but definitely gave Bonner a lot to think about.
Special teams: Rodrigo Blankenship. 2/2 on field goals. 7/7 on extra points. 9 of 10 kickoffs for touchbacks. All of it while wearing pink cleats. The man’s not a living legend for nothing. Until later...