NASHVILLE — Georgia football had its share of highlights in it 30-6 win over Vanderbilt on Saturday night, but it’s a safe bet Kirby Smart left wanting more.
The No. 3-ranked Bulldogs return to Athens with plenty to work on if they are to grow into a national championship team.
Georgia failed to score a touchdown the final 38 minutes of regulation in the win over the Commodores.
The Bulldogs settled for three Rodrigo Blankenship field goals after Brian Herrien’s 1-yard TD run with 8:01 left in the second quarter.
Here’s a look at which Georgia players stood out, for better or worse.
D’Andre Swift: For all the talk about his practice jersey colors and injury history, Swift looked the part of a legit Heisman Trophy candidate. Swift had 16 carries for 149 yards– splitting his workload between the halves (8 carries for 74 yards in the first half).
Demetris Robertson: Robertson was on fire to open the game, making his first catch in a game for the Bulldogs, a memorable 3-yard TD grab to open the season scoring for Georgia. Robertson had 3 catches for 23 yards and 2 carries for 29 yards.
Matt Landers: The redshirt sophomore looked consistent enough, making two catches for 26 yards the first two times he was targeted.
Jordan Davis: Davis emerged with the starting job at nose tackle and served as an effective stopper in the middle, recording a dominant TFL of minus-4 yards on Ke’Shawn Vaughn. Davis also deflected a Vanderbilt field goal.
Rodrigo Blankenship: The senior kicker booted a 50-yard field goal and added two more makes of 37 and 31 yards.
Jake Fromm: Fromm was 15-of-23 passing for 156 yards and a TD. The junior had his moments, impressively striking deep on a pass to Demetris Robertson (called back by a penalty, but still, a beautiful pass). Fromm, however, failed in the two-minute offense, and was limited to short, underneath throws most of the game.
Zamir White: White’s comeback from two ACL injuries drew big cheers from the Georgia crowd at Vanderbilt, cheers of “Zeeeeuuus!” as he entered the game in the third quarter. White’s highlight was a 23-yard run, but the ball was stripped and went out of bounds. White’s explosiveness was impressive, but the ball security issue balanced it out. White had five carries for 51 yards.
James Cook: The sophomore was every bit as explosive as advertised, bolting for an 18-yard TD off a draw play in the first quarter and catching 2 passes for 13 yards.
Brian Herrien: The senior runner was dependable, carrying 12 times for 65 yards and a TD. Herrien converted on a first quarter third-and-1 situation, but he was later stopped on another third-and-1 in the second half. Herrien was oh-so-close to breaking more than one long one on Vanderbilt.
Great Wall: Georgia was stopped on a fourth-and-2 at the Vanderbilt 18, the Commodores defensive line winning at scrimmage and dropping D’Andre Swift for a 2-yard loss. The pass protection in the 2-minute drill was less than ideal, and Solomon Kindley, Ben Cleveland and Isaiah Wilson had holding penalties.
Defensive discipline: Face mask penalties on Justin Young, Richard LeCounte and a late-hit on Divaad Wilson helped set up Vanderbilt’s only points of the first half.
Two-minute offense: The Bulldogs took over with 2:19 left in the first half of their own 22 and managed just one first down before being forced into their first punt of the night. Fromm was hit hard twice and threw three consecutive incompletions.
Two-minute defense: Vanderbilt took over at its own 20 with 1:06 left and successfully drove down for a field goal at the end of the second quarter to cut the deficit to 21-6. The pass coverage appeared soft.