Ray Goff’s Georgia Scouting Report [Audio]
For 85 years, the Southeastern Conference has asserted themselves as one of college football’s premiere conferences.
The SEC will have another big showcase game nationally as No. 4 Alabama and No.3 Georgia battle for the national championship Monday night at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
In the series, the two teams will not be entering unfamiliar territory because Alabama and Georgia have played in an SEC Championship Game with similar ramifications to what is ahead Monday night. Georgia and Alabama fought back and forth in the Georgia Dome resulting in a 32-28 Crimson Tide victory during the 2012 season. Alabama would demolish Notre Dame in the BCS Championship Game to claim Nick Saban’s third national title with the Crimson Tide.
Four years prior to winning their last national championship with Herschel Walker in 1980, former Georgia head coach Ray Goff played a key role in leading the Bulldogs to an SEC title and a national championship game appearance in 1976.
Goff stepped Inside the Locker Room to provide a scouting report on the 2017 edition of the Georgia Bulldogs.
Prior to Alabama’s handling of Clemson, Georgia fought from a 31-14 deficit to beat Oklahoma 55-48 in two overtimes in the Rose Bowl.
Goff looked back at how the halftime adjustments helped the Bulldogs get back in the game.
“I think they really made some great adjustments at halftime and they got their players down and they sat them down and said, ‘Look, this is what we have to do to win this football game. We’re behind by two touchdowns, and this is what we got to do.’ They came out in the second half and they played a lot better defensively.” Goff said.
The former Georgia head coach and quarterback also noted a play before halftime that hurt Oklahoma and aided Georgia in their comeback.
“One of the big keys was Oklahoma, just before halftime, allowing Georgia to get the football where they got it and kick a field goal. That was a huge, huge play in the game.” Goff mentioned.
Two seasons after leaving Tuscaloosa for Athens, head coach Kirby Smart has the Bulldogs on the cusp of their first national championship in decades. Goff talked about the personality that he notices in Smart.
“Kirby’s more of an in-your-face kind of guy. He gets after it. He played for me and so I saw that aspect. He’s a go-getter. He doesn’t have slackers on his side of the football. He’s going to go after them. He’s really done a great job.” Goff said.
Besides the stellar play of running backs Sony Michel and Nick Chubb, true freshman Jake Fromm has provide a stabilizing influence at quarterback. The freshman signal caller has thrown 23 touchdown passes to only five interceptions in 14 games this season. Goff described Fromm’s ability to handle the reins at quarterback for Georgia.
“I don’t know the young man but I tell you, he is impressive. He doesn’t go out and run for 100 yards or throw for just tons of yards, but I tell you what he does, he manages the game and he manages it very, very well. He is really a good player. He does not make mistakes. He doesn’t go out and make dumb mistakes.” Goff said.
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