Off South Carolina’s 24-10 loss to Georgia, it’s time to grade the Gamecocks
Jake Bentley wasn’t perfect and missed a few throws. He was, however, going against a defense that could control the run game, and he had to sling it a lot on third and long. Seven plays of 15 yards or longer, it’s fine.
The group didn’t get all that many opportunities, but there really wasn’t much there. A.J. Turner was OK on eight carries, one a 15-yard sweep. Mon Denson and Ty’Son Williams each had one solid run, but not much more.
Bryan Edwards, Shi Smith and OrTre Smith all made their share of plays. None were particularly huge ones, but a lot of solid work and a few tough catches. Bonus points for OrTre Smith’s crack block that sprung USC’s longest run of the day.
The work in the blocking game was OK, but much of the grade is about Hayden Hurst posting a career day with 93 yards. He had three catches of 20 or more yards, one in a desperation situation for Bentley.
The work protecting Jake Bentley was actually pretty decent overall, especially considering he threw in a lot of obvious passing spots. But the unit did not win many battles in the run game, even with good numbers in the box.
Yes, Georgia’s running game did a lot of what it wanted, especially when it came to grinding ahead for solid gains play after play. But Georgia has a lot of talent and will do that to a lot of teams.
This group had the same issue as the defensive front. UGA’s backs are great, and they were able to chip away. A few more points get deducted for a spate of tackling issues, though again, the Bulldogs have some special ball carriers.
They were working without a lot of help, often chipping in on run support and playing off on the outside. Jake Fromm played well, but there were still some one-on-ones USC lost on the back end, as he posted a 177.6 rating