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Georgia's front seven had its most productive game of the season against South Carolina on Sunday.

Good Day, UGA: The Mayhem Achieved Edition

Cy Brown

Good day, UGA. Welcome to your one-stop shop for all the relevant UGA football news and takes every Monday through Friday. Today, we take a look at Georgia’s big jump in HAVOC rating and Chris Conley’s viral tweetstorm.

Creating chaos

Last week, I wrote about Georgia’s inability to create chaos on defense. UGA’s HAVOC rating — which quantifies how much mayhem a defense creates — was 92nd nationally coming into the weekend. That low ranking was due to the poor play by the front seven, which was ranked 118th in front seven HAVOC. (The defensive backs did their part through five weeks, ranking 23rd.) I posited that the bad weather conditions and South Carolina’s porous offensive line would present the Bulldogs a big opportunity to boost their HAVOC. The bad weather was gone by the time the game kicked off Sunday, but South Carolina’s offensive line was as bad as expected, and that was enough for the Georgia front seven to have, by far, its most productive game of the season.

The UGA defense only had 6 sacks coming into the weekend, which was the biggest reason for its low HAVOC. However, on Sunday, the Bulldogs racked up 5 sacks, boosting their front seven HAVOC to 107th in the nation. That’s a big jump in a single week.

The team’s overall HAVOC saw a big improvement, too, from 14.7 to 16.2 percent, moving it from 92nd nationally to 65th, and it wasn’t all because of the front seven. The secondary also stepped up, driving its HAVOC from 23rd in the nation to 14th. Most of that was on the back of Malkom Parrish, who pitched in an interception and 3 passes defensed.

Georgia still is in the bottom half of the nation is HAVOC, but the 27-spot jump is something to be very happy about. Yes, it was against the worst SEC team Georgia has played so far, but considering how poor the defense was at manufacturing chaos through five games, a weak opponent that allows the defenders to get in a flow and build some confidence might be exactly what was needed. And next week the Bulldogs get Vanderbilt, the only SEC team worse than South Carolina. If that game is anything like Sunday, we should see another big jump in HAVOC by this time next week.

ICYMI

Chris Conley sounds off

In the buildup to the presidential debate on Sunday, former UGA wide receiver and current Kansas City Chiefs player Chris Conley went viral with a tweetstorm critical of Donald Trump. Conley objected to the Republican nominee’s characterization of vulgar comments about forcing himself upon and groping women from a recently released video from 2005 as just “locker room talk.”