Nathan’s Initial Thoughts – UGA vs. South Carolina

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It wasn’t easy, it wasn’t always pretty, but ultimate we’re now 9-0. Here are my initial thoughts:

  • The Redcoats go under the stadium before the game to eat lunch. As I was eating mine, I noticed that Will Muschamp was pacing around the area near the Visitor’s Locker Room. I’ve never seen that before. I don’t know what to make of it, it was just weird. Usually you’ll see the occasional specialist, GA, or even assistant coach wander around. But I’ve never seen a head coach do it.
  • When pacing the locker room just won’t do it.
  • I was very impressed with the mental makeup of the team in this game. There were a couple of moments when I worried that we’d fold under the pressure of our ranking. A kind of Mark Richt vintage collapse that apparently Kirby Smart has no truck with.
  • The offensive line was hit or miss. They played well in spots, even in the face of a loaded box the entire game, but there were a couple of plays where they either didn’t hold down blocks long enough, or just whiffed. Certainly nothing in the realm of our 2016 line, but a little concerning considering who we’ll probably play in Atlanta.
  • Oh, also we clinched the SEC East title. The focus from Smart and the team seems to be on bigger and better things, but I think about how far away we’ve felt from that in the last few years, and it makes me happy.
  • Jake Fromm has moved (at least in my head) from “Freshman QB playing above his experience level” to “This is a good QB that will straight cut you if you don’t come to play.”
  • Fromm’s prettiest throws this year have come on a wide-side back shoulder fade at the front of the end-zone. Another beautiful throw (and catch) this saturday on a pass to Mecole over former UGA recruit Jamyest Williams.
  • It’s weird that we’re in a place where UGA football reacts to an SEC East title with a bunch of “Oh I hadn’t even heard”s.
  • Hayden Hurst is the last in a long line of giant white Tight Ends that have bedeviled us. We’ve got to figure out how to defend the TE seam, wheel route, and deep in-cut.
  • I think at this point we can dispell with the notion that UGA can’t pass.
  • My thoughts on the o-line aside, I continue to be impressed with our run game’s ability to run effectively into defensive game plans that basically consist of 8-9 men in the box on every snap.
  • We haven’t had enough Payne Train sightings this year.

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