Heisman hopeful Nick Chubb rushed for 120 yards and a pair of touchdowns as No. 9 Georgia (1-0) powered its way past ULM (0-1) Saturday afternoon in Athens, 51-14. Not even a weather delay could slow down the momentum of the Georgia offense. Lightning in the area forced the game to be suspended for over an hour, but Georgia had long since had their way with the WarHawks.
Chubb opened the scoring with a 14-yard touchdown run early in the first quarter and Virginia transfer quarterback Greyson Lambert (who started for the Bulldogs) got in the score sheet with a 15-yard touchdown pass to Jeb Blazevich just 20 seconds later. Aaron Davis intercepted a pass from ULM quarterback Garrett Smith on the first play of the ensuing drive after Chubb’s touchdown run.
The onslaught of Georgia offense continued in the second quarter with the Bulldogs adding three more touchdowns before ULM could get on the board just before halftime. Special teams got involved in the second half for Georgia with a blocked punt netting the team two more points midway through the third quarter. Lambert added his second touchdown of the game minutes later with a 28-yard pass to Malcolm Mitchell.
Chubb is going to continue to be the main cog in Georgia’s championship plans, but it must have been encouraging to see Lambert have himself a solid afternoon running the offense. Brice Ramsey did see some playing time as well, completing his only two pass attempts of the game for 51 yards and a touchdown, but Lambert proved why he was named the starter by Mark Richt. Now let’s see what he does in the next game.
Georgia will jump into SEC play in Week 2 with a road trip to Nashville to take on Vanderbilt. The Commodores are coming off a tough loss at home against Western Kentucky on Thursday night.
ULM gets a home game next week and should bounce back. The WarHawks will host Nicholls State, but they go to Alabama two weeks later after a bye week.
Louisiana-Monroe has a history of giving a scare to some SEC opponents. That will not be the case this afternoon, with the WarHawks already down 35-7 at the half in Athens against Georgia. Georgia running back Nick Chubb has started his season on a good foot, with 77 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Chubb’s touchdowns runs came from 14 yards in the first quarter and 23 yards in the second quarter, with the latter capping a 96-yard drive on just six plays. But Chubb’s start to a potential Heisman campaign is just one fo the stories this afternoon for the SEC East favorites. Virginia Transfer Greyson Lambert has been efficient in his debut with the Bulldogs. Lambert has started his afternoon completing six of eight pass attempts for 113 yards and a touchdown. Brice Ramsey has also stepped in to run the offense, completing his first two pass attempts for 51 yards and a touchdown as well.
ULM did get on the scoreboard just before the end of the first half when Garrett Smith completed a touchdown pass to Rashon Ceaser from 22 yards out. Down 28 though, mounting a comeback should be difficult for the visitors in this one.
With Georgia off to a huge start, it is likely we may not see much of Chubb the rest fo the afternoon, but the quarterbacks could be a different story before Mark Richt has seen enough.
Georgia is getting set to open the 2015 season at home against Louisiana-Monroe, and it appears the Bulldogs will be a bit shallow on the depth chart this opening Saturday.
Running back A.J. Turman is reportedly not in uniform this morning, but there has been in report on an injury to one of Nick Chubb’s backups. Starting linebacker Reggie Carter is also not in uniform.
You get a starting quarterback! And you get a starting quarterback! And you get a starting quarterback!
Following announcements at Texas, Florida State, Army and Ole Miss, Georgia head coach Mark Richt announced Monday Virginia graduate transfer Greyson Lambert will start for the Bulldogs on Saturday.
“There may be other or others who get in the game. But right now the thing that I know that he’ll start the game,” Richt said of Lambert, via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Very, very close competition. Still being contested in my mind. But at this point we felt it would be wise to name a starter and get him ready to play in this ballgame. … We’ll start playing ball that way and see how it goes.”
Richt said he and offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer were “pretty sure” on Saturday, but gave themselves a couple of nights to let the decision marinate. Lambert and fellow signal callers Brice Ramsey and Faton Bauta were informed before Monday’s practice session. Richt, however, did not rule out letting either of the runners-up see action on Saturday. “So it was very close, but coach Schottenheimer and I have decided that it would be wise to decide on who it is right now so we could kind of get it over with, so to speak, and maybe within a day or two everybody can kind of settle down and play football, think about winning,” Richt said.
Lambert tossed 10 touchdowns and 11 interceptions as a sophomore at Virginia last season. In what could be the best “go to class, son” message ever, Lambert moved from Virginia’s backup quarterback to Georgia’s starter over the course of one offseason.
“We didn’t invite (Lambert) blindly,” Richt said. “We watched his film and felt like he could function and do the things that we’re going to ask the quarterback to do here at Georgia. But we didn’t say: ‘He’s gonna come in and be our starter’ by any means. We told him he would compete for that job and legitimately have a shot to compete for that job.”
Georgia hosts Louisiana-Monroe Saturday in a noon kickoff on SEC Network.
You may have thought we were done taking a look at preseason all-conference teams. Think again, because the SEC has served up three preseason all-conference teams for you. Alabama and LSU each land 10 players on the preseason selections as determined by the coaches of the SEC. As you might expect with three preseason all-conference teams, all 14 members of the SEC manage to be represented, because that would have really stunk for Vanderbilt if they couldn’t make the cut. It is the college football preseason equivalent to participation trophies.
As noted by the sEC, coaches were not allowed to coach for their own players. South Carolina’s Pharoh Cooper scored a spot on the preseason All-SEC teams not once, not twice, but three times. Cooper earned first-team honors at wide receiver and as an all-purpose athlete. Cooper again appears on the first team list as a return specialist. Other players earning first-team honors include Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott, Ole Miss wide receiver Laquon Treadwell, running backs Nick Chubb (Georgia) and Leonard Fournette (LSU). The defense is headlined by names like Robert Nkemdiche (Ole Miss), Curt Maggit (Tennessee), Vernon Hargreaves (Florida) Cyrus Jones (Alabama)and Jalen Mills (LSU).
Here are all All-SEC first team selections as determined by the coaches around the conference. You can view the SEC release for the other two if you are so inclined.