11. Georgia football uses depth to its advantage
On Saturday, Georgia football used 69 players against Charleston Southern, which was a huge help for the Dawgs.
The Dawgs have battled it out the last eight weeks against tough SEC opponents, so this game came at the right time for Georgia to rest some key players as they’ll get ready to try and win it all.
If they get a chance to rest their starters, Georgia will, which is why they didn’t score one touchdown in the second half. The Dawgs could have hung 70-plus points on Charleston Southern but chose to put in the backups and let them get some experience.
Younger guys were able to lead the defense today and gave the veterans a break. Smael Mondon Jr. was one of the bright spots as he finished with four tackles, one tackle for loss and one sack during the game.
Four of the nine pass breakups came from third and fourth stringers looking to climb their way up the depth chart. Saturday was an excellent day to evaluate the future of this team, and there is a bright, bright future.
Mondon Jr., Xavian Sorey, and many other guys will be the next to take over this defense, so Saturday was influential in gaining their confidence.
Georgia’s defense seems like it’ll be in good hands after their performance, too, because they stood tough and refused to give up points. The Bucs points came off a turnover, so to me, the defense really didn’t cough up the points — Charleston Southern got lucky.
The Dawgs need to be as healthy as they can be moving forward, so this week was all about letting younger guys get the reps and resting the starters.
One game remains on the regular-season schedule against Georgia Tech, but the Dawgs cannot overlook the Yellow Jackets. They have to focus, just like they have done the previous 11 weeks.