Aaron Murray is a Heisman Trophy Candidate
Aaron Murray was nearly flawless against South Carolina a few weeks ago and he was just as good against LSU. Aside from one poor throw that resulted in an interception in the first half, Murray played an outstanding game for the Bulldogs. He picked apart the LSU secondary and handled the pressure of the fourth quarter beautifully. For him to do it in the second half without Todd Gurley on the field made it even more impressive. Considering he’s now faced three Top 10 teams through the first four games of the season, Murray’s numbers and leadership should have him in the Heisman Trophy discussion.
Leonard Floyd is going to be a star
Jordan Jenkins was the Georgia linebacker who received all the preseason hype as the team’s next great pass rusher, but many offenses have keyed on him to prevent him from making many big plays. This has opened up opportunities for Georgia’s other linebackers and pass rushers and Leonard Floyd has answered the bell. The true freshman is extremely athletic and has quickly become one of Georgia’s most disruptive players on defense. Floyd finished the game with eight tackles and one sack, which gives him three sacks in the past two games for the Dawgs. It’s scary to think how good the Floyd & Jenkins combination could become.
The Georgia secondary is a disaster
There’s no question that Georgia’s secondary is young and inexperienced, but the showing on Saturday was some of the worst defense I’ve ever seen in the SEC. The Bulldogs looked lost in the secondary on nearly every play and LSU had no trouble moving the ball with the intermediate passing game. There were way too many instances of the corners not lining up in the right spot or the safeties standing flat-footed while a receiver ran right by them. The potential might be there for this group, but they aren’t close to reaching any of it yet.
The Dawgs won the special teams battle
Georgia’s special teams were a mess through the first three games of the season. Marshall Morgan, the team’s starting kicker, was suspended for the first two games of the season and the punting game was a nightmare last week against North Texas. They fixed all those issues against LSU. Morgan converted on some big field goals and the Dawgs forced a huge turnover when they recovered a muffed punt by LSU’s Odell Beckham Jr. With the two teams being so evenly matched, Georgia winning the special teams battle was critical.
Georgia needs Todd Gurley healthy
As David Pollack and many others have said, Todd Gurley is the best running back in the country. Unfortunately, he’s had trouble staying healthy this season. His hip bothered him in the opener against Clemson and he missed the second half against LSU after sustaining an ankle injury in the first half. Keith Marshall is one of the better backups in the country, but it’s clear the Georgia offense loses a dimension when Gurley isn’t in the game. Marshall has great speed but he’s not nearly as effective between the tackles and has a hard time breaking tackles. I'd be surprised if Marshall had more than five yards after contact against LSU. If Georgia is to make another run to a BCS Championship, it needs Gurley back healthy and playing like himself.