You don’t set a new record for margin of victory in a postseason college football game without a total team effort. But even then, some players are bound to distinguish themselves above and beyond. These intrepid Bulldogs are your MVD’s, the Most Valuable ‘Dawgs from Georgia’s 63–3 victory over the Florida State Seminoles.
Offense: The whole dang offensive line. It’s tempting to go with Kendall Milton in this slot. After all, his 9 carries for 104 yards and 2 touchdowns set the tone for what would become a rout. You could also go with Carson Beck, whose efficient evisceration of the Seminole defense put the game away err it had even really started.
But the truth is both of those performances were merely the result of a fantastic effort from the Georgia offense of line. The big guys up front opened huge holes in the running game all night, and gave Carson back and then Gunner Stockton time to throw the ball. Georgia will absolutely miss the leadership of Sedrick Van Pran and Xavier Truss next season. But the Bulldogs have the nucleus of what could be an exceptional offensive line coming back.
Defense: CJ Allen. The true freshman led all Bulldogs with 6 tackles, 4 of them solo stops and 1.5 for a loss. He also batted down a pass. In a season in which the Bulldogs were always going to be in rebuilding mode on defense, Allen is the underclassman who stands out as a future star.
Special Teams: Brett Thorson. Thorson had only one punt for 48 yards on the day. This however is more of a season-long achievement award. Because Thorson punted 31 times this season and never had a single one of those returned for a single yard. I don’t know if that’s ever even been done before, but it deserves to be celebrated either way.
Agree? Disagree? Feel free to offer your nominees in the comments. And…