ATHENS — I’ll be back with my column off of Georgia’s win over Georgia Tech shortly. Until then, here are my three “short takes” on the Bulldogs’ performance.
1. Bacarri Rambo is in a groove: The Bulldogs’ senior free safety was suspended for the first four games of the season and struggled along with the rest of Georgia’s defense when he initially returned. But he has been playing his best football of the season in the past five games. He had an interception and a sack against Florida, an interception at Auburn, and owned the first half against Georgia Tech: two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and 49-yard return to set up the Dogs’ second touchdown and an interception of Vad Lee followed by a 27-yard return to set up Georgia’s fourth TD. It’s no coincidence the improvement of Georgia’s defense has paralleled that of Rambo.
2. Todd Gurley looks like a vet: Last week Gurley became Georgia’s first freshman running back since Herschel Walker to rush for over 1,000 yards. With every game, he looks more comfortable and less like an 18-year-old. He had 10 carries for 88 yards and two touchdowns in the first half alone, running through holes created by Georgia’s line and powering over Jackets’ defenders. He finished with 12 carries for 97 yards before being pulled. Gurley and Keith Marshall have given the Dogs’ offense balance, which could be a key against Alabama. Marshall’s afternoon: seven carries for 66 yards and two scores.
3. Aaron Murray: Look at me now: The Georgia quarterback was hammered by critics after throwing three interceptions in the first quarter against Florida, when it looked as though he would fizzle in a big game. But since the fourth quarter that day, when he threw a game-winning touchdown pass to Malcolm Mitchell, Murray has 14 touchdown passes and zero interceptions in the last four-plus games (13 quarters). His efficiency and ability to avoid turnovers also could be key against Alabama.
– By Jeff Schultz
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