The Georgia Bulldogs 2017-2018 season kicked off on Saturday at Sanford Stadium. The Dawgs defeated Appalachian State by a final score of 31-10. Despite some inconsistent moments and missed assignments, this was a tremendous win for Smart and company considering their struggles with lower level opponents last season. Quarterback Jacob Eason went down with an apparent knee injury running out of bounds in the First Quarter; however, Freshman Quarterback Jake Fromm entered the game and played well to secure a win.
Jake Fromm went 10-15 for 143 yards and 1 touchdown throw to Javon Wims for a 34 yard touchdown pass. Senior sensation Nick Chubb had 15 carries for 98 yards and two touchdowns. Sony Michel had 16 carries, 87 yards and a touchdown. The offense started off shaky as the interior offensive line couldn’t block well and before Eason’s injury, the offensive play calling was very suspect. However, the defense played lights out surrendering 10 points!
Thompson, Smith, Reed, and Lecounte combined for (14) tackles on defense. Even though the competition wasn’t SEC, ACC, or any other big power 5 conference, Appalachian State was 10-3 in the Sun Belt and arguably one of the best teams in their conference. However, you have to be impressed with the outing by the Dawgs and look forward to the potential on the defense and offense. As the level of competition gets tougher, we’ll see if Georgia takes a leap in Year 2 of Kirby Smart’s regime. Also, we’ll be excited to watch the young talent make an impact on the future of the Georgia Bulldogs program! Although Kirby Smart was impressed in the Week 1 victory and the dominance on defense, this is just the beginning of the process!
Many pundits and Dawgs fans feel confident that the 2017 Georgia roster has the potential to win the SEC East and make an appearance in the SEC Championship Game for the first time since 2012. As the Dawgs will monitor the condition of Jacob Eason’s knee injury, Jake Fromm has a golden opportunity to gain experience and make a legitimate impact for the Bulldogs.
One of the biggest questions on offense is how will Offensive Coordinator Jim Chaney take the leap in establishing a legitimate Pro Style offense! One of the missing keys to Georgia’s offense is consistency. During the off-season, the RPO offense was initiated into the offense. In this case with the type dual threat QB’s Georgia has in Eason and Fromm and the running backs and receivers in Nick Chubb, Sony Michel, Godwin, and Wimms; it helps your offense present a unpredictable phase in the scheme and cause confusion for opposing SEC Defensive Coordinators.
Georgia takes on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Saturday at 7:30 pm on NBC. Although Notre Dame had a dismal 2016 season, expect a very physical & intense match up and we’ll be interested to see how the young Dawgs handle playing in historic South Bend, Indiana. Good luck to the Dawgs!