Outback Bowl: Quick Hits Round 2
Upon watching the game for a second time, here are more things I noticed:
Aaron Murray is kind of a wuss
Watch these clips of Murray’s play:
Uhhh…the line was a little farther. How about this …
Take another look. Murray went down before Allen actually tackled him. He lay down. He has talent, no doubt, but not sure how much I respect a quarterback who lacks a certain level of cojones.
The defense really was that good
339 total yards on 71 plays. Take out three big plays, and its 147 total yards on 68 players — or just more per play. Wow. More impressive was seeing every single Spartan defender flying to the ball, tackling in groups and hitting HARD. They took the challenge on and won it. Incredible to watch.
Keswharn Martin was the focal point of the Georgia defense
The announcers (Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden) told everyone early the Georgia defense was not going to give up bubble screens — aka take away the Keshawn Martin factor. They did that really well. The way the MSU offense adapted and found ways to win was impressive. The bubble screen to Martin is a staple, and without it, against a very good team, they still found the ways to win.
Garrett Celek was a blocking machine
Celek took on Jarvis Jones routinely, and successfully. I would say his contributions in this game were among the most overlooked.
Marcus Rush played bigger than his body
Rush was matched up against a guy named Cordy Glenn, a projected first-round draft pick who stands a measly 6-foot-5, 345 pounds. Rush? 6-foot-2, 250 pounds. But Rush was making plays from sideline-to-sideline. He finished with seven tackles – including two for a loss, but more importantly, he tipped the pass that Darqueze Dennard intercepted and returned for a touchdown.
Editor’s note: There is plenty more to come, and not in note format like this. Expect to see more thorough posts later in the day.