Why Dominick Blaylock is ready for the big moment in 2019 SEC Championship Game

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Dominick Blaylock will look to have a big game on Saturday.

As freshman Dominick Blaylock caught his fifth touchdown of the season, he was once again being overshadowed by George Pickens.

Against Georgia Tech, Blaylock created just enough separation and got in the perfect position to catch a Jake Fromm touchdown pass.

“He played big everywhere,” Georgia coach Kirby Smart said.”He played big in high school playoff games. He had all the indicators of being ready for the moment. There’s no moment too big for Dom.”

Blaylock has already come through with touchdown catches in Georgia’s two biggest games this year against Florida and Auburn.

Against the Gators, he leaked out into the flat and created just enough of an angle to dive for the touchdown. Against Auburn, he snuck behind the defense and stumbled his way into the endzone for a 51-yard touchdown catch.

Neither of the plays were all that aesthetically pleasing but both were very crucial to a Georgia victory. In those two games combined, Pickens finished with just two catches for 15  yards

Blaylock has only 17 catches to this point in the year. But he’s turned those limited opportunities into 299 receiving yards, third-most on the team, and five touchdowns — second on the team. He’s also got two of Georgia’s three receptions for more than 50-yards and the best yards per catch mark on the team.

Based on his pre-Georgia track record, this shouldn’t come as a surprise.

As for what allows Blaylock to make these kinds of plays, it wouldn’t be because he has some other-worldly physical trait. Blaylock isn’t the most impressive looking athlete. His 6-foot-1, 195-pound frame doesn’t stand out on a field of freaks. He’s not the speedster Mecole Hardman was either.

In comparison to Pickens, Blaylock smaller, less physical and doesn’t have the same body control that Pickens displays.

But when asking around, just about everyone praises Blaylock’s intangible abilities.

“He’s always calm and collected,” senior wide Tyler Simmons said. “He’s pretty confident and he knows the playbook, so that gives you a certain level of confidence going out there on the field that slows the game down for you.”

Blaylock rarely made much noise after his commitment to Georgia prior to his junior season. Even when Brunner told him other coaches were going to pull him out of class to try and convince him to play elsewhere, Blaylock made it clear he didn’t much care for the recruiting hoopla.

“He told me, ‘Coach, I’m going to Georgia. I just want to be a good teammate, be here for my boys and just play football,’” Brunner said. “There’s not many kids like that in this day and age.”

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