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Morning musings: Georgia offensive line's stellar performance featured one mistake

Georgia tight end Jackson Harris (88), tight end Jeb Blazevich (83), and guard Greg Pyke (73) celebrate a touchdown as Louisiana Monroe safety Tre' Hunter (4) walks away during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept., 5, 2015, in Athens, Ga
Georgia tight end Jackson Harris (88), tight end Jeb Blazevich (83), and guard Greg Pyke (73) celebrate a touchdown as Louisiana Monroe safety Tre' Hunter (4) walks away during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept., 5, 2015, in Athens, Ga AP Photo

ATHENS -- The offensive line had only one glaring mishap during last Saturday’s 51-14 win over Louisiana-Monroe.

During the second quarter, a free defender came up the middle untouched and sacked quarterback Brice Ramsey on a second-down play. The defensive play came quick and with little warning.

It was tough to tell who was at fault on the play -- whether it was left guard Isaiah Wynn, center Brandon Kublanow or right guard Greg Pyke.

Well, on Tuesday, offensive line coach Rob Sale revealed the guilty party.

“It was Pykie,” Sale said, referring to Pyke. “The rabbit’s out the bag.”

Sale didn’t go into any further detail than that..

Kublanow was asked about the play and said it’s something the line should be able to correct moving forward.

“We just had a little bit of miscommunication but we’ll get it fixed,” Kublanow said.

Other than that one play, and a somewhat slow start against a Warhawks team that loaded the box early and often, Georgia’s offensive line got into a rhythm and cruised through its simple gameplan.

“We want to get our big people on the field and pound on them a little bit,” Sale said. “There were a lot of hats down low and that’s the way it’s going to be, you wear them down and give them body shot after body shot after body shot. They start wearing down and we started getting loose plays in there. And (Nick) Chubb’s tough, he’s a really good player.”

Hitting the links

Greyson Lambert isn't concerned with statistics, only wins.

Georgia to wear red jerseys on the road against Vanderbilt.

Isaiah McKenzie should see special teams work this Saturday against Vanderbilt.

Georgia fell to No. 10 in the AP poll, stayed put at No. 9 in the coaches poll.

The Georgia run game has a lot more to show than it did last Saturday, writes The Athens Banner-Herald's Marc Weiszer.

The Red & Black's Jackie Kinney writes that Georgia has put its last trip to Nashville to play Vanderbilt in the past.

Former Georgia coach Jim Donnan was impressed with Lambert's first performance with the Bulldogs, writes the AJC's Chip Towers.

247Sports.com's Jake Rowe gives a detailed scouting report of Vanderbilt.

Mitchell loses cable

Receiver Malcolm Mitchell won’t have much access to any criticisms reporters, analysts and broadcasters hand to Georgia this season.

Outside of promoting his children’s book, “The Magician’s Hat,” Mitchell isn’t spending too much time on social media sites. He also no longer has cable.

Mitchell was asked about a potential misconception that the Bulldogs don’t have what it takes to air the ball out, which is why they rely on the run so much.

That question prompted this response:

“I don’t really have cable to listen to the newscasters,” Mitchell said. “I don’t pay attention to much that happens on social media. I’m not really sure about all of that. Y’all would know more than me.”

One would surmise he just had enough of cable, the Internet and the distraction those can bring to a college football season.

No, it’s not like that. Mitchell didn’t willfully give up television.

“I didn’t cut the cord,” Mitchell said. “I don’t have cable. The cord was taken out. Amarlo took the cord with him when he left.”

Yes, former Georgia linebacker Amarlo Herrera was the one responsible for the cable in their dorm. And unfortunately for Mitchell, the cable left with Herrera.

So it looks like anyone can say what they want about Mitchell, his teammates and his school on television without him ever finding out.

Not that he’d care anyway.

Backup linemen unable to play

With last Saturday’s game in hand, Sale was ready to shake up his offensive line and get some new guys in the mix.

Then another lightning strike occurred before both of Georgia and Louisiana-Monroe’s coaches and athletic directors decided to call the game with under 10 minutes to go in the fourth quarter.

Just before the game was called, Sale said he was putting Wynn to left tackle, Dyshon Sims at left guard, Hunter Long more at center and Kendall Baker at right tackle.

Pyke was going to stay in at right guard.

Long rotated in during the game and got an estimated 18 snaps, according to Sale.

Sale was disappointed the game was called and that he was unable to get the backups in the game.

“I really felt bad for some of those guys that next series we had a different lineup going in there, five new guys. Just like anybody, they put in the work and the effort. When we went back and told them, some of those guys were disappointed for sure.”


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Song of the day

"Sixteen Salteens" by Jack White