Kevin Butler’s Players of the Game – Georgia vs. Tennessee

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Kevin Butler’s Players of the Game – Georgia vs. Tennessee

Georgia outside linebacker Azeez Ojulari (13) during the Bulldogs' game with Tennessee in Athens, Ga., on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020.. (Photo by Andrew Davis Tucker)
Georgia outside linebacker Azeez Ojulari (13) during the Bulldogs’ game with Tennessee in Athens, Ga., on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020.. (Photo by Andrew Davis Tucker)

OFFENSE – After this week’s impressive offensive showing, I am going with an experienced threesome – Justin Shafer, Trey Hill and Ben Cleveland as my stars of the week. In the initial three-game stretch, the University of Georgia has been tested in the trenches, unlike any other year. The SEC only schedule poses a big challenge to a young offense in 2020. The communication and unity of the offensive line starts in the middle and these three guys are the foundation of a strong offensive line. As we move to Alabama, the challenge is at the greatest level yet. It will take unity from these three men to win the battle in the trenches against Alabama.

DEFENSE  Azeez O! – Azeez Ojulari. The O stands for outstanding, over the top, out of this world and those all describe the play of Azeez through three games of the 2020 season. His second ‘player of the game’ in a short season on defense is a no brainer. He was all over the field against the Volunteers, totaling five tackles, two sacks and two tackles for a loss for 40 yards of negative plays for the Volunteers. The redshirt sophomore is a force not only for the Georgia defense, but is a force in the scope of national players. We will need Azeez to bring his top performance this week against Alabama to help the defense continue its great success.

SPECIAL TEAMS – Jack Podlesny The freshman from the Golden Isles keeps turning in a golden performance. Pod came out on top of a tough competition in summer camp to win the kicking position for the Bulldogs, and he could not be doing better. With three field goals against the Volunteers, his performance makes Rodrigo seem like a distant memory. Key field goals of 47, 34 and 51 yards helped the Bulldogs distance themselves from an inferior Vols unit. The Bulldog Nation got to see how strong of a leg Pod has and that will be key for an offense that can put points on the board when they cross the 35 yard line of their opponents. Jack is becoming a key weapon for the Bulldogs and along with Jake Camarda leading the nation in net putting Ricky Bobby has nothing on the HAMMER & NAIL !

Georgia kicker Jack Podlesny (96) during the Bulldogs' game with Tennessee in Athens, Ga., on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020.. (Photo by Andrew Davis Tucker)
Georgia kicker Jack Podlesny (96) during the Bulldogs’ game with Tennessee in Athens, Ga., on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020.. (Photo by Andrew Davis Tucker)

The Kicker – You just gotta believe baby! As the Bulldogs run through 2020 and get off to a 3-0 start, the Bulldog Nation is helping this team on the belief that every 40 years we will win a national championship. 1980 was a long time ago, but when these great fans want something bad enough, it will use any means to get there and a 40th anniversary works fine for me. This Bulldog team has the moxie that the 1980 team had. They project great memories of the Junkyard Dog defense, a tremendous special teams game, and an offense that scores points. You gotta believe Bulldog Nation and our team believes it too.

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