Reggie DavisI don’t recall seeing him play Saturday night, not that he would have needed to, but after the injury to Mitchell, a redshirt for Davis is highly unlikely, particularly with it looking more and more probable that Terry will do so in order to give his knee time to heal completely.
As a former track standout and return specialist, he certainly has the speed set to get down field in a hurry, but his size could be something of a hindrance—particularly when getting off the line in man coverage—and that is the main reason some aren’t so sure if he’s truly ready to play at this level. Even so, if he’s placed in the right package and finds a little space, he could certainly do some damage.
Jonathan Rumph/Kenneth Towns
I wouldn’t classify either as a vertical threat, but both Towns and Rumph showed coaches enough this off-season to warrant consideration. Towns, in particular, has displayed great physicality and toughness as a receiver, and it would not surprise me to see his name called in the near future.
By now we all know about Rumph and he is expected to be ready to play against South Carolina barring any additional setbacks.
Tibbs redshirted last season, but could be a deep, deep, deep sleeper.
He has suffered through some injury issues and there is some question as to whether he’s actually matured and developed enough to get on the field this season, but there can be no doubt that the talent is there. He starred as a return man and wide receiver at MLK High School in Lithonia, GA, and was known to be a game-changer during his high school career at both positions.
Can we stop anyone? I said before this game that Clemson on the road at night in game one was not a good indicator. They are by far the statistically most powerful offense we have on the schedule this year. Throw in the fact that two of our top three safeties sat out: Josh Harvey-Clemons (1-game suspension) and athletic Coorey Moore (minor injury). Having played through a game against the speed of Clemson benefits Grantham’s young defense – South Carolina, LSU, Florida won’t be as dynamite. Our 3-4 still looks pretty soft.
Move more big men forward.We did get blown up. Murray is 1-10 against the top 15. Richt lost his second ever against the ACC. The program is on the verge of going 0-2 for two-of-three seasons and having a poor start for three-of-four seasons. We have been bad early: 1-4 Murray’s first year, 0-2 his second, last year we played no one early save Lil Dooley’s Vols. We could be 0-2 again, or WIN.
Biggest immediate position concern: Georgia O-line
Georgia’s O-line play was lacking. Clemson exposed the Bulldogs when they mixed up their blitzing schemes, and the Tigers’ speed rusher exposed the left tackle play – Kenarious Gates and Kolton Houston both got beat. Yes, Georgia had 500-plus yards of offense, but with South Carolina and Jadeveon Clowney – arguably the best D-line in the SEC, things get tougher this week.
Best offensive player: Georgia RB Todd Gurley
The Beast of the East is back and better than anyone. Although Tajh Boyd and Sammy Watkins will get the ink, Gurley was the best player on the field. He looks like Jamal Lewis chewing up and spitting out defenses. He carried 12 times for 154 yards and two touchdowns, and he missed half the game with a quad injury.
My Key Fact for this week is more than just 1 simple fact. USC has posted a 3-6 record versus other ranked SEC teams while they have gone 3-0 against UGA. I found myself wondering “what is it that they do to consistently beat UGA that they can’t do against other teams?” I have given some key numbers for South Carolina’s performance in the past 3 years against UGA vs Ranked SEC Opponents vs All Ranked Opponents.
USC Passing Yds
USC Rush Yds
USC Total Off
USC Total Def
As you can see, our “record setting” offense has averaged nearly 100 yards less per game than all other SEC offenses. They have also given up nearly twice the run yardage per game. The sloppiness with which UGA plays in big games is also apparent here. They have given up the ball more and forced less than half the turnovers as other opponents.
“If you take that aspect of it, then you’re just going to psyche yourself out,” said offensive tackle Kolton Houston, who started his first college game at right tackle on Saturday. “You’ve got to give him credit. I mean Clowney’s definitely one of the best players there is, but at the end of the day, you’ve just got to treat it like any other guy.”“Whatever happened last year is last year,” said Georgia’s Kenarious Gates, who struggled mightily against Clowney a season ago. “The thing about me is I learned to move on and focus on what’s ahead of me.”
Georgia Bulldog target Rashaan Evans has made it clear that Georgia is one of four schools he’s giving his attention to (Alabama, Auburn, and UCLA are the other three), and his comfort level with the staff, and fondness for Athens could certainly play a role in his decision should he choose to sign with the Dawgs.Evans’ pass rushing ability is certainly the first thing that jumps out at you when watching his film, but it’s clear he’s got some solid instincts and a good nose for finding the ball after the snap, too. He is a touch on the small side (6-3, 217 lbs) and will need to bulk up a bit at the next level to be more productive, but the potential is certainly there for him to become a very polished outside linebacker at some point in his career.
Clemson isn’t your typical ACC team.It’s a team that looked the part of a national championship caliber team on Saturday. If it lives up to that hype, it would severely damage the SEC’s streak.If the discussion for the second spot in the BCS National Championship Game comes down to an undefeated ACC champ and a one-loss SEC champ, the SEC team would likely get the benefit of the doubt under most circumstances. Florida State could be an exception, but Clemson absolutely would be.An unbeaten Clemson team with wins over Georgia and intra-state rival South Carolina would absolutely get in over a one-loss SEC champion—even an Alabama team that’s on a dynasty run.
It doesn’t matter that Clemson’s schedule between the Bulldogs and Gamecocks is a cake walk save for the meeting with the Seminoles on Oct. 19. Even if Georgia and South Carolina disappoint, they’re not going to fall off a cliff. Two wins over two of the top teams in the SEC will give Dabo Swinney’s group a ton of legitimacy.