Georgia Football: grading the Dawgs’ lopsided win over Vanderbilt

ATHENS, GA - OCTOBER 6: Mecole Hardman #4 (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
ATHENS, GA - OCTOBER 6: Mecole Hardman #4 (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images) /

Georgia Football is now 6-0 this season after beating Vanderbilt 41-13 at home. How did the Dawgs grade in this game?

Offense: A

After a slow start that saw Georgia football claiming only a 7-3 lead over Vanderbilt midway through the second quarter, Georgia’s offense exploded for 41 points which saw many explosive plays by the Dawgs’ many playmakers.

Quarterback Jake Fromm had arguably his best game of the season as he threw for 276 yards and three touchdowns, including a massive 75-yard touchdown to Terry Godwin. The team eclipsed the 200 yard rushing mark again in this game which provided for a nice, balanced offensive attack.

Along with Godwin, Riley Ridley and D’Andre Swift also had a touchdown reception in the game. Eight different players had a reception in this game, proving the Dawgs have no shortage of contributors on offense.

Combine all of this with zero turnovers and Georgia played arguably its best game on offense this year other than the slow start in the first quarter. The offense as a whole seemed to gain some rhythm after looking shaky at times in the previous two games.

Defense: A

Even though Vanderbilt accumulated 321 total yards of offense in this game, Georgia’s defense only surrendered 13 points to the Commodores. Seven of those points came as time expired in the 4th quarter with no defensive starters in the game for the Dawgs.

Richard Lecounte III led the team in tackles with six and Tae Crowder had the team’s lone sack in this game. Georgia’s defense this year appears to be very “bend don’t break.” Sure, this unit may give up some yards but the defense’s ability to force turnovers and hold teams to field goals gives Georgia the nation’s second best scoring defense.

The linebacker play in this game was better but still remains the area that this team could most improve on in my opinion. The absence of Roquan Smith and Lorenzo Carter on this team is very obvious but players like Natrez Patrick and Monty Rice are continuing to get better each week.

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Special Teams: A

Rodrigo Blankenship converted on both field goal attempts and made all five extra point attempts in this game. He truly is a valuable weapon for Georgia and could be relied upon in big moments down the home stretch this season.

Freshman punter Jake Camarda averaged 40 yards per kick on three punts in this game and continues to provide the Dawgs consistency in the kicking game alongside Blankenship.