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Five at the half: Notes and thoughts at halftime of Georgia vs. Louisiana-Monroe

By JASON BUTT

jbutt@macon.com

Georgia receiver Sony Michel nearly collides with Malcolm Mitchell en route to a 31-yard touchdown that gave the Bulldogs a 35-0 lead over ULM.
Georgia receiver Sony Michel nearly collides with Malcolm Mitchell en route to a 31-yard touchdown that gave the Bulldogs a 35-0 lead over ULM. Special to The Telegraph

ATHENS -- Greyson Lambert opened his first half in a Georgia uniform strong. While he handed the ball off a bunch, with his running backs totaling 19 carries, 104 yards (which counts a sack) and three touchdowns, he looked sharp throwing the ball. Lambert finished the first half 7-of-9 for 113 yards and a touchdown. The score came on a well-executed throw to tight end Jeb Blazevich. Backup Brice Ramsey entered the game with 5:33 to go in the second quarter and delivered a great ball to freshman receiver Terry Godwin for  20 yards on a third-and-long situation. He finished the drive off with a perfectly-executed 31-yard screen pass to running back Sony Michel. Sure, it’s Louisiana-Monroe, but Mark Richt’s assertion that both quarterbacks were impressive this preseason seem spot on so far.

Leonard Floyd. Wow. He was everywhere on the field in the first half and made quite the statement. He started the game at inside linebacker and rotated throughout the defense. He picked up six tackles, a half-sack and 1.5 tackles for loss. Floyd was able to get in the backfield a couple of times against the run, which should get a little tougher beginning in Week 3 (sans the Week 4 game against Southern).

There was a lot of talk about a receiver rotation going anywhere from six-to-eight or eight-to-nine deep. That wasn’t the case Saturday, which is surprising given the opponent and how quickly the game got out of hand. It was a steady mix of Godwin, Malcolm Mitchell, Reggie Davis and Isaiah McKenzie on the field. Among receivers, Godwin is leading the way with three receptions for 31 yards. Michel has been huge in the passing game with two catches for 79 yards and a score.

The Bulldogs are making sure to keep running back Nick Chubb from doing too much in this game and it wouldn't be much of a surprise to see him limited in the second half. It was tough sledding for him in the first quarter before breaking some big runs, which included a 23-yard rushing touchdown. Chubb’s first half ended with 12 carries for 77 yards and two scores. Louisiana-Monroe stacked the box early before having to account for Georgia’s passing game, which opened up some running lanes.

Defensive pressure came from everywhere in the first half, with the Bulldogs totaling three sacks. Floyd and safety Quincy Mauger shared one, Tim Kimbrough was credited with one on an intentional grounding call and Jordan Jenkins gave Louisiana-Monroe redshirt freshman right tackle Keaton Baggs a strong bull rush before bringing down ULM quarterback Garrett Smith. Lorenzo Carter blindsided Smith on a tackle for loss that appeared to be a sack but wasn’t credited as one.

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