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UGA's Pass Rushers Answer the Bell

Much has been discussed about Georgia’s ability to rush the passer. While it was obvious that the edge rushers weren’t asked to get after Mitch Trubisky down after down, upon further review, Lorenzo Carter and Davin Bellamy were certainly effective when asked to pin their ears back and rush the passer.

You probably remember the end of this play vividly. It’s third-and-8 late in the first quarter. Trubisky throws an incomplete pass (AKA fumbles a pump fake), which Aaron Davis picks up and returns to the end zone under the impression it was a fumble. A review revealed it was incomplete, and Carolina punted.

But the madness began with Davin Bellamy and Lorenzo Carter’s pass rush that made the whole thing happen. Bellamy and Carter drive and shed Carolina’s tackles, giving Trubisky a little under three seconds to make something happen. He bails, but Bellamy gives chase with Carter right behind him.

Can we talk about Carter’s speed? Seriously, here he is in a footrace with Carolina tailback.

If Carter maintains that motor, he should fulfill the lofty expectations Georgia fans have for him.

On this third-and-5 with North Carolina deep in its own territory, the Dawgs pick up their first sack of the night. North Carolina motions #9 Ryan Switzer across and back; Georgia’s #2 Maurice Smith shadows Switzer, tipping Carolina to a potential man coverage situation.

Georgia is dropping four deep. #3 Roquan Smith covers the NC back into the flats, leaving Dom Sanders to rob the middle. Trubisky knows he’ll be uncovered if he needs to run, but ideally, there’s a receiver open for him to find.

Before he can find one, Bellamy and Carter have bull rushed the bookend tackles and have reached Trubisky’s drop. With Trenton Thompson’s commanding a double team, David Marshall drives the left guard to collapse the pocket. Trubisky tries to scramble, but Marshall keeps his eyes in the backfield enough to see the scramble, shuck the block and notch the first sack of his career.

The freshman gets the important stat, but Georgia’s ability to bring pressure with four men made it all possible.


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