Nick Chubb and Offensive Line Improved — Georgia Bulldogs

Georgia allowed just 284 total yards on the evening, and just 12 first downs. But it is important to note when the Bulldogs permitted those points: in the final six minutes of the contest, with its starters already off the field. The Mountaineers were able to put points on the board late in the fourth quarter on a 20 yard run from QB Taylor Lamb and a 43 yard field goal with 26 seconds to play. The Mountaineers haven't beaten an opponent in a high-profile regular season game in recent years, but they have often come very close. "I hate it for Jacob because he had a really good camp, he worked really hard, but we don't know how long it will be". Wide receiver Shaedon Meadors returns for his senior season after leading App State in receptions (45) and receiving yards (716) in 2016.

Not that Georgia was ideal.

Appalachian State was playing great defense against the former five-star signal caller from Lake Stevens, Washington.

Asked about Eason's health entering next week's game against Notre Dame, Smart said he wasn't considering that scenario at this time. The Dogs' top three guys in sacks and tackles for loss are all back: outside linebackers Lorenzo Carter and Davin Bellamy and defensive tackle Trenton Thompson. And Appalachian State's offense lost only 13 turnovers last season, ranking ninth in the country. Chubb ranks fifth among career active rushers with 3,424 yards. His performance not only looms large for Georgia's success in this matchup, but potentially for the season to come. While the Mountaineers have plenty of talent and speed in all three phases of their defense, they may lack the size and depth to consistently slow down these two elite running backs.

"We got in a groove kind of in the second quarter there, but you know you have to give a testament to that defense", Lamb said.

MI started the 2007 season ranked fifth in the nation, but Appalachian State was no pushover. Yes, freshman Richard LeCounte looks like he is a heat-seeking missile, but other than him and Reed, the secondary really didn't do a whole lot in the game. I thought they played well in the secondary as well. (Fromm) made the plays. He certainly had his shining moments, but for most Bulldog fans, those moments were too few and far between. The offensive line was thrown a curveball with Fromm having to step in and change things up early in the first quarter. The stat line shows that Eason was sacked once, but that sack was more on Eason not getting rid of the ball and trying to scramble around for an inordinate amount of time. "We have the guys that can get that done, so I think with a good coordinated pass rush, all four or five guys working together to fill the rush lanes, we can get that done". They got smacked the following week at home by OR after plummeting out of the top 25 entirely, although they did score a victory at the end of the year against Tim Tebow, Urban Meyer and Florida.

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