You don’t extend the nation’s longest winning streak and notch your sixth consecutive victory over the Trade School on North Avenue without relying on a total team effort. But when half the team is very clearly looking forward to Alabama and the SEC title game you’re going to need some guys to step up and win the game right in front of them. Those players refusing to put the cart before the horse are your MVDs, the Most Valuable ‘Dawgs from Georgia’s 31-23 win over Georgia Tech.
Offense: Kendall Milton. Milton’s 18 carries for 156 yards and 2 touchdowns powered the offense on a night when the usual stars were sidelined. It’s been wonderful to see Milton get healthy and grow into his role in the offense. If the Dawgs are to threepeat, they’re going to need him to shoulder a heavy load again.
Defense: Smael Mondon. To be clear there wasn’t much of anything worth celebrating about the UGA defense in this one. The Bulldogs gave up 363 yards of offense, tying their season high. The defense creates no turnovers, and was repeatedly shredded on the edges and gashed up the middle by Tech QB Haynes King. But Mondon’s 8 total tackles, including 5 solo stops, made him the proverbial one-eyed man in the land of the blind tonight. He made some solid stops in the run game and played consistent pass defense when called upon. That’s more than most of the rest of the Red and Black defense can say.
Special Teams: Mekhi Mews. I’m just sort of shooting from the hip here. Mews returned 3 kickoffs for 76 yards, which is certainly nice. He also fumbled a punt out of bounds while falling to the ground. But technically nothing disastrous occurred as a result. On this night that’s good enough for MVP-ish honors.
Per usual, if anyone has any better ideas I’m all ears and defy you to throw them around in the comments.