Kamla: 2018 G-Day notes

Rick Kamla
April 23, 2018 - 11:35 am
Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Justin Fields

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There were greater than 82,000 in attendance at Sanford Stadium Saturday for G-Day, including UGA hoops head coach Tom Crean, who I met in the press box. He's a great guy, full of energy and exactly what that program needs. I’m a big fan.

Now, on to my thoughts on the football action on the field:

First Half

  • Offensive line, both first- and second-team, were terrible, giving up several touch sacks. It was annoying to watch.
  • The good news...The front-seven on both teams were in the backfield the entire first half.
  • Blanko was money and a fan favorite, hitting 2 for 2 in first half, for the only Red points until late in the game.
  • Fields is electric when he runs, but reluctant to make a mistake and thus holding the ball too long. He’s been accurate on short to intermediate throws so far...
  • Fromm has had a couple of uncharacteristic wrong-decision passes and bad accuracy, but he also dropped 2 dimes on deep balls that were dropped by Stanley and Ridley

Halftime: 7-6 Black

Second Half

  • Third and 8: Fields touch pass between defenders to Holloman on left sideline for 36 yards to the 2 yard line 1/g Hudson 2 TD Run (14-6 Black)
  • First and 10: Hardman way underthrows Stanley on jet sweep handoff WR throw and it ends up being an easy interception for Team Black.
  • **I thought Jim Chaney missed an opportunity to try to establish Fromm instead of running a gadget play. Yes, I’m second guessing play-calling in a Spring game.
  • Third and 4: Fields runs for first down, makes it look easy, runs more like Cam Newton than Lamar Jackson, more rounded vs slashing runner.
  • Third and 5: Fields strike on right sideline to #15 Matt Landers (6-5) looks like sleeper to get on the field with the 1s during the season.
  • First and 10 at 15: Fields three-step drop fadeaway dime to the back pylon to Matt Landers who makes awesome hands catch for the TD Black up 21-6 (Fields legitimized the Cam Newton comparisons on this drive alone).
  • Third and 10: Fromm locks in on receiver and throws left to Hardman, picked off by Poole, 2nd INT (Fromm is losing ground to Fields quickly).
  • Next Red possession...No. 22 Stetson Bennett comes in for Fromm...are they trying to shield Fromm from more failure? This was another missed opportunity for Cheney to get Fromm more comfortable.
  • Second and 7, 4th quarter... Fromm overthrows Hardman deep down near sideline.
  • Third and 7: Fromm moves in pocket then gives himself up for sack.
  • Just over 6 minutes to go, down 21-6...
  • First and 10: Fromm throws deep ball too far to the inside, where the double team was waiting, incomplete.
  • Fourth and 7: Fromm good throw on quick slant to Ridley who makes catch in traffic for first down 3rd and 4th down throws by Fromm batted down at the line of scrimmage, resurrecting the question about whether he’s tall enough.
  • Both offensive lines played much better in the second half, which is a good sign.
  • Under three minutes to go, third and 4, Fields confidently throws dart to left sideline for first down.

Fields was much more decisive and productive in the second half, whereas Fromm’s results got worse as the game played out, until Fromm threw a 57-yard TD to Ridley to make the score 21-13. But of course we couldn’t see it because SportsCenter just had to come on with a Nick Saban soundbite about Jalen Hurts. Are you kidding me? That was super disrespectful to the Dawgs and so jock-riding to Bama. Makes me sick...

Bottom line: Fields outplayed Fromm and the door is ajar for the starting spot.