One week later, a 16-12 home loss
Then on Saturday, the Bulldogs came
back with a 26-23 overtime victory at
That said, the smart thing would be to just let the Bulldogs play this one out instead of trying to figure them out.
But this much is true: When the Dawgs needed their young-uns to step up, many of them did, with sophomore quarterback Matthew Stafford, true freshman tackles Trinton Sturdivant and Clint Boling, redshirt freshman safety Reshad Jones, and sophomore corners Prince Miller and Asher Allen all coming through down the stretch.
"We've got young guys in a ton of
spots, but they came up big,"
How much? We'll know a lot more on
Mitchell lost his starting job early last season, and he's lost it again this time around following his performance in last week's 28-16 loss to No. 2 LSU.
"We finally hit a few passes. I thought Chris Smelley came in and gave us a little spark and hit a few balls," Spurrier said. "We had to try something different. Blake couldn't even catch the snap. He dropped two or three snaps, one went through his hands. We just had to try something."
Then again, considering Spurrier's history with quarterbacks, Mitchell could be back before the end of Saturday's game.
"He (Mitchell) maybe didn't do all that poorly, but we have to give Chris Smelley a chance," Spurrier said. "We're going to give him a chance next week and see what happens."
Richard Scott is a Birmingham-based sports writer, author, and featured columnist in Tiger Rag. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.