#3 Georgia Bulldogs vs. Florida Gators
Everbank Field – Jacksonville, FL
Georgia (42) – Florida (7)
Senior RBs Nick Chubb and Sony Michel carry the load
Nick Chubb and Sony Michel combined for over 200 yards rushing in a performance that should be the quintessential model for a 1-2 punch. Chubb started the game and displayed a jump cutting ability that had him bouncing outside within a step.
Chubb’s running style was to press the line of scrimmage with balanced footing and equal distribution of weight so that he could explosively jump cut his way to the open hole. He subtly set up his blocks by initially running away from the predestined hole before jump cutting into and bursting through that predestined hole once the defenders were out of position.
Once into the 2nd level, Chubb routinely bounced outside where he could use his lower body strength to run through DB tackles. He was a load to bring down in the open field, gaining a bunch of extra yards after first contact.
Instead of utilizing the jump cut, Sony Michel exploded for big gains by making 1 cut and flying downhill. His breakaway speed was displayed during two explosive TD runs; one of which went for 75 yards and the other 45 yards. As a pas protector, he physically attacked pass rushers and cut them down. Throughout his college career, he has shared reps with Chubb so his overall “wear and tear” should be limited.
During this game, Chubb and Michel showed what it means to be a 2-headed rushing attack but moving forward in the NFL, both Chubb and Michel have what it takes to be a number 1 RB.
Lorenzo Carter is Leonard Floyd 2.0
I have studied plenty of Georgia film but this may have been Lorenzo Carter’s best game I’ve reviewed. He was dominant as an edge defender against the run by using his long arms to stay disengaged against the blocker. Once the RB bounced to the outside, Carter had enough control of the block to immediately snag and use his long stride to run down the ball carrier. His long stride covered a lot of ground in a hurry.
Carter’s speed, long stride, and high energy effort looked the part of an NFL DE when running down a scrambling QB. His arsenal of pass rushing moves are not as fluent as Leonard Floyd’s but Carter does show similar natural athleticism that can later develop into a natural pass rush. Teams will also appreciate Carter’s versatility to be used as a standup LB that can drop into coverage.
I don’t believe that Carter’s college career has lived up to his natural athleticism but he has steadily improved year to year so NFL teams bank on his high potential.
Safety Dominick Sanders is name to watch
In 2015, Sanders led the SEC in interceptions and he added another to his resume this game to increase his total to 15 career interceptions. He showed great body awareness to maintain his feet in bounds while concentrating on the tipped pass. He also showed man coverage ability when he “speed turned” to stay in the hip of the intended receiver running an out-and-up route before diving to deflect the pass.
As a tackler, he raced to the tackle point with no hesitation and forcefully brought down the ball carriers. With 15 career interceptions, Sanders will be a name to watch in contention for top safety of this class. Especially if he continues to show the great combination of man coverage ability, ball hawking prowess, and tackling ferocity.