Hope you’re well. Just got back home from the Georgia Dome. Hope you got to enjoy the game wherever you were, either in the building or by a radio or perhaps your computer. A few thoughts.
1. The run defense was much better. It certainly didn’t hurt that Lamar’s running game isn’t very good, but doing well against a bad rushing team beats the alternative. It did seem like tackling was better and players were in gaps.
Said defensive coordinator John Thompson, “To hold them to less than three yards a carry was a big deal for the defense.”
2. Drew Little was off his game a little bit, but, again, came through when it counted. I can remember at least one pass that could/should have been intercepted, and he wasn’t as accurate as he typically is.
“There were definitely some things I could have done better that I wish I had back,” he said.
On the interception – John Bond said that Lamar had been bringing its safeties lower to the line of scrimmage, so he had Albert Wilson run an out-and-up in hopes of getting the corner to bite. (Bond said it was one of three or four plays he basically drew up during the game.) However, the safeties were farther back than they’d been all game, in a Cover-2, so one of them was in the right place for Little’s throw. Bond took the fall for the play.
Said Bond, “He threw the ball where he thought Albert was going to be and the guy was standing right there.”
3. Hard to believe season has gone by so fast. After all the build-up, it’s nearly over.
“It is weird,” Little said. “All that offseason, all that redshirt season and all that, and you play a season and it flies by just like this.”
4. I’ve hardly mentioned him all season, but Arthur Williams is a baller. Good hands, tough to bring down, exactly what you want in a tight end. Georgia State has two good ones in him and walk-on Emmanuel Ogbuehi, not to mention Bailey Woods. Bond said that when Georgia State recruited him out of junior college, he was a blocking tight end. He was 280 pounds and “would bulldoze people off the line of scrimmage,” Bond said.
But he got here, lost 20 to 25 pounds (he has strength and conditioning coach Ken Coggins to thank for that) and became a factor in the passing game.
Said Bond, “You see what the guy’s capable of doing. The guy caught everything and made yards after the catch. He was as big a reason why we won today on offense as about anybody.”
I mentioned this in the game story – the route he caught the tipped pass on was the same one he ran against Jacksonville State, when he couldn’t come down with another tipped pass. Interesting, huh.
5. On to Alabama.