Dawg Bones: Georgia vs. Vanderbilt

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Dawg Bones: Georgia vs. Vanderbilt

Rodrigo Blankenship (98) and Charlie Woerner (89)
Rodrigo Blankenship (98) and Charlie Woerner (89)

The Bulldogs have quite the arsenal of offensive weapons; two stud quarterbacks, wide receivers for days and a running back room hungry to tote the rock. Georgia averages 250.4 yards on the ground, 219.80 in the air, and 470.2 of total offense through five games. The Bulldogs put up some numbers, and expect them to continue that against Vanderbilt. Both Jake Fromm and Justin Fields bring different elements to the game, and that seems to throw off defenses. Vanderbilt will likely have a hard time stopping both quarterbacks along with the running backs.
Elijah Holyfield, D’Andre Swift, Brian Herrien and James Cook each help spread the defense out and make plays happen. Swift seems healthy again, and that can only spell trouble for defenses. Georgia’s tailbacks should have a prime opportunity to make plays against the Commodores. Vanderbilt gives up just 154.4 yards on the ground, but this week, Georgia will likely run for that and then some.
Georgia gets the defense Dawg Bone because of its ability to stop the ball through the air. Vanderbilt averages 251 yards in the air through five games. However it hasn’t faced a team like Georgia. The Bulldogs rank No. 4 in the SEC for pass defense giving up 167.4 yards a game. Richard LeCounte and Deandre Baker both need to have a big game and cover the Commodores big wideouts. Georgia’s defensive front needs to put pressure on Kyle Shurmur. If the No. 7 total defense can continue to force mistakes and pressure, LeCounte and company might get to bring out those spike pads a few times.
Rodrigo Blankenship helps keep the special teams Dawg Bone with the home team as he continues to climb up the record charts and keep teams deep in their territory. He almost lost his PAT streak against Tennesee, but managed to get it through the uprights. Blankenship already has 37 touchbacks on the season and is just three away from tying Blair Walsh’s 119 consecutive PATs made. As long as he continues, it will be hard to give the Dawg Bone to an opposing team.
Kirby Smart gets the coaching Dawg Bone once again for being one of four undefeated coaches in the SEC and one of 14 in the NCAA. He has his team prepared each week and this week is no different. Smart has his entire team playing physical and disciplined with a win at all costs focus.
Georgia’s fans get the overall Dawg Bone this week. The fans show up week in and week out making Sanford Stadium tough for any opponent. Well, It’s homecoming week for the Bulldogs so defending its home turf is a must. The game marks the first night game of the year for Georgia, so the atmosphere will likely be electric. Georgia fans need to be the 12th man on the team and show up early and make Sanford Stadium as loud as it can be.





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Savannah Leigh is a recent graduate of the Grady College of Journalism at the University of Georgia. She is an avid SEC, Dawgs, and college football fan. She also adores her four-year-old black lab, Champ Bailey.