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Well, that was something. Georgia boat-raced Florida 42-7 in the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party, the largest Bulldogs victory over the Gators since 1982. But it was much more than just a win. It was shift in the balance of power in the SEC East. It was a mental hurdle emphatically cleared. It was the end of the brief Jim McElwain era in Gainesville.
There were fantastic performances by Georgia Bulldogs all across this field in this landmark Cocktail Party win, but here are five players who stood out above the rest.
5. Johnathan Ledbetter — Ledbetter has wreaked havoc on the line over the last three weeks. The defensive end got in the backfield early against the Gators, and finished with 3 tackles and a tackle for loss. He’s quietly become one of the best players on the defense over the course of the season.
4. J.R. Reed — Reed had a couple of uncharacteristic missed tackles, but was his usual, spectacular self otherwise. The DB had 8 tackles and combined for a sack and strip with Tyrique McGhee, then ran it back for Georgia’s first defensive touchdown of the season.
3. D’Andre Swift — Swift only had 8 rushing yards, but excelled as a receiver. As one of only two Georgia pass-catchers, Swift was Georgia’s leading receiver with 3 receptions for 84 yards. He had the Dawgs’ first big play of the game when he went for 39 yards to convert on third down and set up Nick Chubb’s first-quarter touchdown.
2. Lorenzo Carter — Early in this game, Carter was a force to be reckoned with. He The OLB set the tone for the game by wrecking the Gators offense and sacking quarterback Feleipe Franks on their opening drive. When a tackle was being made while Georgia built up its 21-point first-quarter lead, Carter was probably involved, either making the stop himself or wrangling a Gators player into the path of a teammate. He finished with a team-high 9 tackles.
1. Sony Michel — Michel ran for 137 yards and 2 touchdowns on 6 carries with a long of 74 yards. It doesn’t get much better than that.
‘We talked with our helmets’