NASHVILLE – The 2019 football program in Georgia made its much-anticipated debut in mixed reviews Saturday night.
The Bulldogs have stars ready to shine but predictably areas that need to be cut after a 30-6 victory over Vanderbilt.
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Coach Kirby Smart was proud of his team's quick start and effort, probably as impressed as anyone when Georgia competed at 21 -0 over the Commodores.
But Smart also saw the weaknesses of his team, and he left the music city, eager to return to Athens and return to work.
1. Jake Fromm, Still Winner
Fromm, starting his third year in the quarter, is known and respected for his decision-making and ability to take care of football.
Fromm's stats look relatively pedestrian, 15 of 23 passing, 156 yards. But Smart made it clear that there are far more to these numbers than at first glance.
"He got a lot of looks, there was a lot of pressure, there were a lot of passes," Smart explained. "He checked as soon as he saw the pressure on one side, moved it.
"People don't know what he did, it's really good and got us into good football games. Some of these explosive explosions were because he knew where to put us. "
Fromm is 25-5 as Georgia's back, 24-5 as a starter.
2. The same Kirby formula
Coordinators have been changed, Xs and Os have been shifted and the game has been adjusted to put the ball in the hands of emerging playmakers.
But at the end of the day, it's the Kirby Smart football team and these Bulldogs will drop the ball and stop running over everyone else. Georgia rushed for 325 yards and averaged 8.1 yards against a stacked box most of the night, limiting Vanderbilt to just 116 yards on the ground and playing no longer than 23 yards.
The fact that the UGA is stopped on fourth and 1 run (D & # 39; Andre Swift) and third and 1 transfer (Brian Herrien) is evidence that the Bulldogs are not, however, a finished product.
" There is certainly a lot of room for improvement, but these guys play physically, these guys see every front and every box known to man," Smart said. "I'm disappointed we didn't convert them. But these are good guys. We have a lot of things to work on, this is just one of many that we continue to improve.
3. Bulldogs fans make a difference
Coaches who praise fans often serve as lip service, but this was not the case on Saturday nights, with at least 75 percent of the 40 350 capacity crowd dressed in red.
"First, we would like to thank our crowd, our fan base," Smart said. "I think it was pretty obvious that they seemed to take over most of this stadium. It felt like a home game. "
Good, because Georgia's offense was a little shaky on third downs (1 in 7) and the line had three penalty hits without even having to deal with a hostile crowd interrupting the momentum counts.
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