ATHENS — If Georgia football was a stock it might rank among the most traded this season, particularly when one considers the highs and lows through three weeks.
The Bulldogs’ offense has looked awful in first-half action against Arkansas and Tennessee, only to see Kirby Smart and his staff make masterful halftime adjustments en route to dominating wins.
The 44-21 victory over the Vols snapped an 8-game Tennessee win streak, but it was no thing of beauty from a technical standpoint.
For the second time this season, an errant snap was a problem, and this time it cost Georgia a touchdown.
Further, Smart admitted he “got suckered” into a he-man contest with Jeremy Pruitt, going for fourth-and-1 at his own 35 with a touchdown lead in the first half.
Pride and ego can have amazing effects during a football game, both good and bad.
Azeez Ojulari: The Game Ball recipient changed the momentum with his third quarter strip sack. The only question is if Ojulari, a redshirt sophomore, will have to pay any property taxes for owning Tennessee, as this was his second straight year with two sacks against the Vols.
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Kenny McIntosh: The sophomore stepped up with James Cook out (shoulder) and delivered a noteworthy all-around performance. McIntosh had 8 carries for 45 yards, 2 catches for 36 yards and a 42-yard kick return. McIntosh has become the most versatile and arguably most explosive back on the team.
Kendall Milton: The freshman from northern California showed what all the fuss was about with 56 yards on 8 carries, and one inspiring effort that saw it take no less than 9 Tennessee defenders to hit him before he went down with an 11-yard gain. A late fumble shows there’s work to be done, but the power and balanced Milton showed was undeniable.
Jack Podlesny: The sophomore walk-on boomed a 51-yard field goal that would have been good from another 10 yards, along with a 47-yard field goal.
Monty Rice: A team-high 8 tackles with a strip sack and fumble recovery for a touchdown made for a big day for the senior captain.
Channing Tindall: Two sacks and four tackles for Channing Tindall on limited snaps? Does the Georgia defensive depth ever stop? Kudos to Tindall, a junior, for staying ready and making the most of his chances, that seems to be a trend on this defense.
Eric Stokes: Another interception and quiet day for Stokes, a junior who quarterbacks seem to wisely be avoiding these days.
Adam Anderson: Anderson made the most of his opportunities once again, beating Cade Mays for a strip sack on Jarrett Guarantano that UGA fans certainly enjoyed. Anderson had two sacks against Auburn, so his stock was high entering the game.
DJ Daniel: Daniel was rock solid last season, but the cornerback rotation appears to be playing tricks with his mind (confidence), as he looked unusually awkward getting beat for a touchdown.
Early buy-in alert
Last week this added featured delivered Jalen Carter, the hulking defensive lineman who also lines up at fullback. Carter delivered on defense and in the end zone with a 1-yard TD catch.
This week’s buy-in alert is for Tre’ McKitty, who saw his first action of the season against the Vols. McKitty had 2 catches for 47 yards, and he would have had a touchdown had Bennett noticed him streaking open down the middle of the field on another play. McKitty will quickly become a favorite target on the team.
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