ATHENS — There was a lot to like about Georgia’s dominant 45-0 victory over Austin Peay Saturday at Sanford Stadium.
The No. 3-ranked Bulldogs (1-0) looked the part of a national championship contender against Austin Peay, playing two quarterbacks and substituting liberally throughout a steamy afternoon.
Here are three quick takeaways from Georgia’s victory
Jake Fromm was dialed in
Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm looked completely at ease throughout the first half, and that’s why Kirby Smart gave the sophomore the second half off.
Fromm was 12-of-16 for 157 yards with 2 touchdown passes, leading Georgia to points on each of his four series in the first half.
South Carolina is going to see a different version of Fromm next Saturday than the Gamecocks saw last season.
Fresh fast faces
The Bulldogs’ newcomers made their presence known through the air and on the ground.
Freshman quarterback Justin Fields directed touchdown drives on his first two possessions, the first in large part to wide receiver Demetris Robertson.
Robertson, the transfer from Cal, burst into the open field and ran away for a 72-yard touchdown run — the longest of his career – on his first touch for the Bulldogs.
Freshman tailback James Cook showed his vision and acceleration on runs of 36 yards and 25 yards up the middle, two of the few times the Bulldogs looked good running between the tackles.
However, Cook was ejected in the fourth quarter for targeting while on the punt coverage team.
Still work to do
There’s still a lot of moving parts on defense, some of which is by design with Smart and defensive coordinator Mel Tucker going with a front seven by committee.
Austin Peay converted third downs in the first half because of what appeared to be broken assignments. An SEC team could turn those breakdowns into touchdowns.
The targeting call on Cook in the fourth quarter was disappointing, because he will be suspended, by NCAA rule, the first half of the South Carolina game.
It begged the question of how much experience Cook has on punt coverage. Smart said Cook is actually the backup on that unit for Mecole Hardman, and it was “a rookie mistake.”
Smart said he also didn’t see the fair catch call.