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Solak | Georgia LBs take over in Notre Dame slugfest

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Solak | Georgia LBs take over in Notre Dame slugfest

Georgia Bulldogs v Notre Dame Fighting Irish


Notre Dame Stadium, Notre Dame, IN

Score:  Georgia 20, Notre Dame 19


Notable Prospects Entering the Contest

Georgia Bulldogs

#27 Nick Chubb, RB, Senior:  Plays with excellent vision and understands how to attack a defense. Maximizes yardage by taking advantage of blocker leverage. Creates outside of blocking scheme given unique blend of vision, burst, and power. Can make the first man miss, but lacks elite agility in space. Has natural hands. Burst is not at pre-injury levels, but is still above average. Stock: Same

#1 Sony Michel, RB, Senior:  Excellent marriage of vision, instincts, and burst. Sees backside lanes naturally and gets north with excellent flexibility and acceleration. Handles penetration exceptionally well. Twitched up. Benefited from excellent running lanes and didn’t have the opportunity to break many tackles. Runs upright and can be dragged down. Stock: Same

#77 Isaiah Wynn, OT, Senior: Builds his house well and rolls power through his hips. Brings his hands with heat, but will punch early. Regularly ran rushers around the loop. Can mirror with good foot speed and maintain post foot discipline against interior rushes. Does well leveraging his hips, especially in the run game, and works advantageous angles. Can be late recognizing blitzers and stunts. Will lunge and let his feet grow lazy. Plays with an impressive motor. Stock: Up

#17 Davin Bellamy, EDGE, Senior: Flashed multiple pass rush moves, but a lack of bend is glaring. Can generate power from speed. Regularly used hands to soften edge. Beat OT Mike McGlinchey on consecutive reps with powerful club. Used hands and twitch to beat McGlinchey for game-sealing sack. Twitch impressed, but was inconsistent. Lacks ideal flexibility for an EDGE: can get ran around the circle. Did not demonstrate an inside move. Defended the read option exceptionally well, with the agility to step down against the RB and still contain the QB. Read and reacted well when asked to drop into space. Stock: Up

#6 Natrez Patrick, LB, Junior:  Arrives with nice power when filling. Flows with sufficient recognition and gap discipline. Lacks ideal range and lateral influence. Physical at the top of the route, but lacks agility to stay connected through breaks. Overshadowed by superior play of other linebackers, and saw limited reps. Stock: Down

#24 Dominick Sanders, S, Senior: Flashed excellent recovery speed on opening flea-flicker. Attacked hands of WR to break up pass. Reads run quickly and is willing to close downhill. Arrives too high as a tackler and lacks thump. Struggled in man coverage against larger bodies, becoming grabby and losing leverage. Stock: Down


Notre Dame Fighting Irish

#33 Josh Adams, RB, Junior: Ran tough, but limited athleticism caps ability. Regularly demonstrated nice contact balance. Showed natural hands from the backfield and could adjust to poor throws. Lowers pads into contact well. Showed pedestrian burst and lateral agility. Stock: Down

#6 Equanimeous St. Brown, WR, Junior:  Received early manufactured targets, but fell victim to poor QB play. Adjusts well to inaccurate balls. Has natural hands that pluck football out of the air. Runs routes with excellent foot speed and has natural reflexes attacking the ball. Doesn’t maximize long, tall frame in contested situations and could play more physically Ankle injury in the 3rd. Stock: Same

#53 Sam Mustipher, C, Senior:  Regularly threatened by power and gives up depth far too easily. Began playing back on his heels and establishing the depth of the pocket too deep. Struggled with stunts and relinquished interior pressure from crossers.  Stock: Down

#56 Quenton Nelson, OG, Senior:  Astounding play strength and excellent agility. Explosive off the line. Has foot speed and fluid hips to gain advantageous angles, even when operating in space against smaller bodies. Generates power from the ground up and rolls his hips under blocks. Always the low man and washes his targets out with frightening regularity. Powerful torsion strength allows him to consistently remove DL from gaps. Re-anchored with success when conceding ground to power. Could be quicker to diagnoses stunts and twists. Lack of arm length will cause issues against longer rushers.Stock: Up

#68 Mike McGlinchey, OT, Redshirt Senior: Incredibly powerful hands win reps. Punch is quick, patient, and on target. Successful working into space and tagging a body. Foot speed is less than ideal. Will lunge when threatened by speed on the edge. Kick-slide leaves depth to be desired. Drops an anchor with ease and has an incredibly powerful lower half. Can re-anchor when displaced. Lost to #17 David Bellamy’s hands multiple times, include game-losing strip sack. Feet became idle and edge was easily lost. Improved foot speed is a must moving forward. Stock:  Down

#5 Nyles Morgan, LB, Senior:  Sees it real quick and has nice range. Plays behind his hands and will deliver a shot when meeting blockers. Nice closing speed when attacking downhill. Tackles with good form and consistently in space. Overaggressive and runs himself out of advantageous angles. Allowed for cutbacks multiple times. Will shoot gaps even when the runner has multiple goes.  Stock: Down


Other Players that Flashed 

#23 Notre Dame Drue Tranquill, LB, Senior: Hybrid defender with desirable NFL skills. Excellent zone defender. Reads the QB quickly and closes with excellent burst (led to INT). Gets connected and remains so with sufficient mirror agility. Natural tackler in space. Man coverage eliminator, with the physicality to remain in TE’s cylinder, and the athleticism to track RBs in space. Instinctive from S, LB, and overhang alignment. Understands leverage and gap assignments and regularly fills with advantageous position and sufficient power against larger OL. Has true moneybacker ability.

#7 Georgia Lorenzo Carter, EDGE, Senior: Excellent athlete with sublime burst. Has ideal length and cut. Natural athleticism to avoid cut blocks and shoot gaps. Illustrates good twitch when looping inside or firing off EDGE from 2-point alignment. Forced multiple fumbles with intentional attacks on the ball. Flashed excellent instincts and range from occasional off-ball alignments.

#3 Georgia’s Roquan Smith, LB, Junior: Instinctive linebacker with ideal lateral influence and burst. Reads and reacts with astounding quickness and rarely gets fooled by misdirection. Blew up multiple screens. Flashes excellent flexibility when coming around the edge. Excels as a blitzer. Has a nose for the football and a knack for sifting through traffic. Tackles with form and thump. Gained adequate depth in zones but often lagged when getting connected to receivers. Can take on blocks with power, but tends to try and shed. Merits a further look.


Best Players on the Field 

Notre Dame OG Quenton Nelson

Georgia LB Roquan Smith

Notre Dame LB Drue Holliday

Georgia EDGE Lorenzo Carter

Georgia EDGE David Bellamy

Forgettable Performances

Notre Dame LB Nyles Morgan

Georgia LB Natrez Patrick

Notre Dame C Sam Mustipher

Notre Dame OT Mike McGlinchey

Benjamin Solak

Ben Solak has been a football fan and film junkie for all of his life, and has the pleasure of serving as a National Scout for NDT Scouting. He also covers the Philadelphia Eagles for Bleeding Green Nation and co-hosts the Locked On Eagles podcast. Ben takes many things far too seriously, including fishing, Captain America, grammar, and Game Of Thrones.

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