Even in defeat, some ‘Dawgs still have their day. These are the players who did what they could to help the Georgia Bulldogs to a win that just was not to be against the Florida Gators. These are your MVDs, the most valuable ‘Dawgs from tonight’s game.
Offense: Zamir White. White remains the most trustworthy element of a Bulldog offense that cannot be fully trusted. White obviously had that electrifying 75 yard run that kicked off the scoring. But he finished the game with 107 yards on 7 attempts. One could understandably ask why he only got 7 carries, but that’s not really the focus of this piece. The point is that he accounted for 41% of the Bulldogs’ offensive yardage, so he gets the metaphorical trophy.
Defense: File not found. When you give up 571 yards of offense and 44 points there are no winners. The Bulldogs gave up almost as much yardage tonight on wheel routes to Florida tailbacks (212) as they gave up in offensive yardage to Tennessee (214). Injuries be danged, that’s horrid.
Special teams: Kearis Jackson. Jackson returned three kicks for a total of 99 yards, including a 56 yarder to try to steal back some momentum after Florida’s first score. After Jackson and the kickoff return team set the offense up at the Florida 44, they punted 3 plays and 1:36 later from the Gator 47. That’s not necessarily his fault nor does it affect this splendidly ephemeral award. But I’m still angry about it and wanted to point it out one more time.
Feel free to offer your suggestions for alternate MVDs in the comments, and...