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Georgia tight end Brock Bowers (19) during the Bulldogs' game against Florida at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Fla., on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021. (photo by Rob Davis)
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Georgia football 3 things: Brock Bowers’ brilliance, Kirk Herbstreit confident in Georgia bounceback

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The brilliance of Brock Bowers, the best game for Georgia and eyeing the coaching carousel

Brock Bowers answered any and all doubts with his performance on Saturday. It cemented his spot as not just the best freshman in the SEC or best true freshman in the country. Bowers’ play this year has been the best of any pass-catcher under Kirby Smart.

Bowers was named the SEC’s Newcomer of the Year and Freshman of the Year on Wednesday. His stats back that up, as he leads the team in catches, receiving yards and touchdowns.

Somehow, Bowers won’t win the Mackey Award, given to the nation’s top tight end. The freshman from Napa, Calif., will just have to settle for being one of the best players in the country.

Expectations were high for Bowers going into the season. He somehow managed to smash all of them.

“I think that what his body can do is special,” Stetson Bennett said of Bowers. “The game just moves so slow for him. As a freshman, that’s impressive to see. It’s easy to trust somebody like that where you know where he’s going to be and how he’s going to run his routes. And then obviously he’s a freak athlete.”

Kirk Herbstreit confident Georgia plays better

Kirk Herbstreit was in Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Saturday to see Georgia play Alabama. The Crimson Tide had its best game of the season. Georgia happened to have its worst.

It’s important to keep that in mind when discussing the Bulldogs moving forward. Georgia will take on a Michigan team that is playing as well as anybody to end the season, with the Wolverines beating Ohio State and Iowa in convincing fashion to win the Big Ten.

The near month off though will make it tough to carry that momentum from the end of the season. And in Herbstreit’s mind, it will make it easy for the Bulldogs to come out and play a much better game than it did last Saturday.

You talk about a wake-up call, they’re going to show up in Miami and be the best versions of themselves,” Herbstreit said Ryen Russillo Podcast. “Is it enough to beat Michigan, who knows? You’ve got Michigan playing their best games and peaking at the best time, showing up to prove everyone wrong.

“Then you’ve got Georgia fresh off a humiliating loss where you know the entire month they’re going to be chomping at the bit to get back out on the field and prove they’re better than they were in Atlanta. And now we get to put those two brands together on the field.”

It was announced on Wednesday that Herbstreit along with Chris Fowler will be calling the Georgia-Michigan game, which is set to be played in Miami as one of the College Football Playoff semifinals. It’s the third Georgia game this Herbstreit will have called this season. Georgia beat Clemson 10-3 in Charlotte to open the season and then Georgia beat Arkansas 37-0 with Herbstreit in the booth.

The loss to Alabama was Georgia’s first of the season. How the Bulldogs respond in the game against Michigan will determine whether or not Georgia gets a potential second crack at Alabama in the national championship game. The Crimson Tide will play Cincinnati in the other College Football Playoff semifinal.

Coaching carousel updates

Despite a number of big-time jobs coming up, Georgia has yet to really be impacted by the coaching carousel this year. Florida, Notre Dame, LSU, Oklahoma and others have all filled their openings, with no one from Georgia being tapped to step in.

As it stands right now there are six programs without a head coach. Three of them exist at the Power 5 level, with Oregon, Duke and Virginia still open. Nevada, Temple and Florida International are the other programs without head coaches at the moment.

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