Truth be told, your Georgia Bulldogs might have been able to pull this one out without a complete team effort. But they got one nonetheless, which is how you end up beating the Vanderbilt Commodores worse than any Bulldog team ever beat a Vanderbilt team before.
But even in a game in which everyone in red and black seems to have had success, a few Classic City Canines still distinguished themselves. They are our MVDs: the most valuable ‘Dawgs from Georgia’s 62-0 vaporization of the Commodores.
Offense: Brock Bowers. “Baby Gronk” led the Dawgs in receiving with 4 catches for 69 yards and two touchdowns. That he added another touchdown on a 12 yard end around carry to kick of the scoring was just the cherry on top of his resume for the day. We were all a little worried when word got out that Arik Gilbert wasn’t with the team, and that’s Darnell Washington wouldn’t be ready to start the season. But at this point, it’s hard to imagine anyone would have contributed more statistically at the position than the Napa Nightmare.
Defense: Robert Beal, Jr. None of Georgia’s regular contributors on defense seemed to put up noticeable stats, in part because most of them were on the bench by the midpoint of the third quarter. But Beal had a solid 3 solo tackles, including a sack. It was a nice day for a guy who could have gone elsewhere and played more but stuck around to become a big part of the 2021 defense.
Special teams: Jack Podlesny. Hot Pod hit both his field goal attempts and all 8 extra points on the day. That’s the type of non-descript, quietly effective day I like from my kickers. Perfect.
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