During the Georgia football game, one of the Auburn defensive backs, Smoke Monday, got flagged for a targeting call, which resulted in him getting rejected for the remainder of the game.
His ejection allowed the Dawgs to score their first touchdown of the game to make it 10-3 to start the second quarter.
Monday launched and led with the crown of his helmet to hit Stetson Bennett on the run in the red zone. While there are so many debates about whether or not a player should get ejected or not, he did, and it helps the Dawgs in the long run.
The NCAA needs to change the ruling, but it won’t happen right now in the middle of the season.
Georgia just saw Auburn’s best defensive back leave the game, which means they have the ability to air it out more against the Tigers.
Bennett can utilize Darnell Washington and Brock Bowers, who Monday was covering before he left the game. The Dawgs need to challenge Auburn’s secondary now that their leader is gone. Auburn can stop the run, but can the rally and stop the passing game too?
While it sucks to see any player get ejected for targeting, the Dawgs need to take advantage of this opportunity.
Whoever comes in for Monday, challenge him and force them to make a play — test them a little bit.
Monday has 18 tackles on the season, three tackles for loss, one interception, and two pass breakups on the season. He is a massive player for the Tigers, and it showed immediately without him on the field — Auburn isn’t the same.
After the Dawgs forced a three-and-out following that first touchdown, Monday’s absence was quickly felt as Washington caught it over the middle. Then Ladd McConkey caught a huge pass, and even though Monday wouldn’t be on him, Georgia is already growing its confidence through the air.
Georgia needs to keep the throttle down and force Auburn to make a play without their leader on the field.
The Dawgs scored on back-to-back drives, and we’re not saying it’s because Monday is out, but it’s been all Georgia after that penalty.