Mississippi State Bulldogs at Georgia Bulldogs
Sanford Stadium – Athens, GA
Score: Mississippi State (3), Georgia (31)
Nick Chubb, RB, Senior:
Showed tremendous balance through contact. Easily absorbs hits with defenders bouncing off as he continues up the field. First quarter TD run was prime example of how he sustains his surge through contact and runs from a firm base. Runs with low center of gravity. Burst looks like its back.
Sony Michel, RB, Senior:
Only had seven carries but demonstrated good power and competitive toughness on those runs. Churns through contact with powerful leg drive. Runs with good pad level.
Isaiah Wynn, G, Senior:
Holding call negated long run by Michel; hands were outside and had plenty of cloth. False start on first play of closing drive of first half to set Bulldogs back. Terrific seal block in space on Chubb 28-yard TD run. Anchor looks good and easily handles power but didn’t impress like I thought he would as a drive blocker. Didn’t look overly comfortable breaking down in space to square up defenders and make blocks.
Davin Bellamy, EDGE, Senior:
Impressive rep early in 2nd quarter working out towards the sideline to make solo tackle in the boundary. Played in space frequently in this game and held his own.
Lorenzo Carter, EDGE, Senior:
Covered route in flat and closed in a hurry to make TFL. Shows the power necessary to collapse the width of the pocket on rep where MSU moved the pocket to his side. MSU did well to get the ball out quick so opportunities for to create pressure were minimal.
Trent Thompson, DT, Junior:
Showcases good power at the POA to anchor and maintain his gap integrity. Flashes some burst as a pass rusher.
Natrez Patrick, LB, Junior:
Flowed well laterally on off-tackle run but was stiff armed and couldn’t finish. Needs to do better to play behind his hands to keep separation from blocks so he can shed and finish more consistently. Took poor angle on 39-yard run in 4th quarter; was sucked inside on misdirection and then recovered poorly.
Roquan Smith, LB, Junior:
Sniffed out screen pass early in the game; recognized, closed and finished. Tremendous closing burst and timing on blitz to pressure QB and force completion. Blown out of gap on power run right at him, needs to challenge with hands and leverage his hips to hold ground. Comfortable working in zone coverage, appears aware and alert. Finds windows and fills with natural feel for defending the inside run. Knack for knifing through and finishing. Shot out of a cannon to make third down stop on MSU’s opening possession of the first half. Chased down run in the boundary and demonstrated good lateral movement skills.
Dominick Sanders, S, Senior:
In the right place to come down with interception on tipped pass in third quarter. MSU attacked with a lot of quick game and runs which were swallowed up by first and second level defenders. Sanders kept things in front of him but wasn’t called upon to make plays given success of players in front of him.
Mississippi State Bulldogs
Nick Fitzgerald, QB, Junior:
Couldn’t find rhythm throughout the game. Everything was short and designed to get the ball out quickly; Georgia’s speed on defense easily handled this plan. Several called QB runs that were fruitless.
Martinas Rankin, OT, Senior:
Played with terrific movement skills to mirror twitchy Georgia edge rushers. Anchor looks powerful and generated good movement in the run game. Played with good balance. Called for holding penalty in 4th quarter where his hands got wide and didn’t bring his feet when sliding back inside.
Other Players that Flashed
Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia:
Was impressive playing the ball and was challenged along the sideline on several instances. Was physical and in-phase to pin routes to the sideline and understand when to attack the football. Very effective extending his arms and playing through the receiver’s hands to disrupt at the catch point. Terrific break on the ball on his interception.
Best Players on the Field
Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia
Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia
Nick Fitzgerald, QB, Mississippi State