1. The offensive line is capable of dominating.
After an abysmal performance against Clemson, the Georgia offensive line responded in a big way against South Carolina’s talented defensive line. They managed to make Jadeveon Clowney a relative non-factor and completely took control of the game in the second half. Watching them grind out yards on the game’s final drive is what makes Georgia one of the most dangerous teams in the country.
2. Aaron Murray handled the pressure of a big game.
The national media talked all week about how Aaron Murray is unable to perform in big games and step up under pressure. He was nearly perfect against South Carolina and made every play Georgia needed him to. He completed 17 of 23 passes and at least five of those should have been caught by his receivers who dropped the ball. The “experts” can settle down because Murray was clutch in every way against a top team.
3. Todd Gurley is a legitimate Heisman candidate.
If there’s a better running back in college football than Todd Gurley, I have no idea who it is. His combination of power and speed is unbelievable and the way he wears down teams in the 2nd half of games is beautiful to watch. He punished the South Carolina defense with 134 yards on 30 carries and he also caught a touchdown pass. It’s even scarier to think that he’s not 100% healthy.
4. Quayvon Hicks is an impact player.
Entering this season, everyone talked about all the weapons on the Georgia offense. Aaron Murray, Todd Gurley, Keith Marshall, Malcolm Mitchell, Arthur Lynch all got some preseason love. No one thought about Quayvon Hicks, but he’s been fantastic for the Dawgs. He’s a terrific blocker and it’s awesome when he gets the ball out of the backfield. Only a sophomore, I can’t wait to see how Hicks develops during his career.
5. The defense has a long way to go.
Through two games, the Georgia defense has allowed 76 points and 921 yards. They’re young, raw, and inexperienced and it’s clearly shown on the field. They came up with some key stops in the 2nd half against South Carolina and held the Gamecocks to only six points in the final two quarters, but they also benefited from some terrible mistakes by the South Carolina offense. Hopefully guys can get healthy over the next couple weeks and become much sharper when LSU comes to town in three weeks.