We gave you three key things to focus on during Alabama’s game against USC. Now we will recap how those things played out and how they affected the game. Off we go.
1. Who Will be the Quarterback?
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Sep 3, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Jacob Eason (10) throws against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the third quarter of the 2016 Chick-Fil-A Kickoff game at Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
Greyson Lambert got the start, but it soon became clear that he doesn’t have what it takes to be the long-term solution. When the Bulldogs fell behind 24-14 in the second half, freshman sensation Jacob Eason was inserted into the game.
Eason promptly completed eight of his 12 passes for 131 yards and a touchdown. And, most importantly, he led the Dawgs to a nice comeback win. The sky is the limit for Eason moving forward.
2. How Healthy are the Running Backs?
Sep 3, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs running back Nick Chubb (27) runs the ball against North Carolina Tar Heels safety Dominquie Green (26) during the second quarter of the 2016 Chick-Fil-A Kickoff game at Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
Sony Michel missed the game with a broken arm. It didn’t matter. This game might as well have been called “The Nick Chubb Show.” Chubb left no doubt that he is 100 percent recovered from the gruesome knee injury that sidelined him last season.
For the game Chubb gained 222 yards on 32 carries and scored two touchdowns. There wasn’t much depth behind him, but it didn’t matter. Once Michel returns, Georgia will have one of the top one-two punches in the country.
3. How Will the Rebuilt Front Seven Perform?
Sep 3, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs safety Dominick Sanders (24) brings down North Carolina Tar Heels tight end Carl Tucker (86) during the first quarter of the 2016 Chick-Fil-A Kickoff game at Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports
Not too well. The secondary was great, but the front seven struggled. North Carolina averaged an incredible 8.4 yards per carry as a team. That type of performance won’t cut it against Tennessee or Florida.
The pass rush was also nothing special. The Dawgs only got one sack despite the fact that Carolina’s quarterback, Mitch Trubisky, dropped back to pass 40 times. Again, that simply isn’t good enough for the Dawgs to win the East. The Dawgs are young and inexperienced, so hopefully they will improve over the course of the season.
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