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Five Things We Learned From the Georgia Bulldogs' First Game

Malcolm Mitchell

Malcolm Mitchell

Even though Georgia’s game against ULM was cut short because of bad weather, the Bulldogs managed to show some good signs in their first game of the year.

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Here are five things to take away from the Bulldogs' season-opening, 51-14 victory.

Nick Chubb Shows No Signs of Slowing Down

It didn’t take Chubb long to make his presence known, as the running back eclipsed 100 yards for the ninth straight game in his young career. Chubb has also scored a touchdown in each of the last 10 games, a steak no other Power 5 conference running back has in consecutive games. Chubb finished his day off with 16 carries, 120 yards and two touchdowns.

The Bulldogs Show Needed Depth at Running Back.

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Chubb wasn’t the only running back to have a great day for the Bulldogs as they welcomed back Sony Michel and Keith Marshall from injuries that cut both players’ seasons short last year. Marshall’s final stat line read 10 carries, 72 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Michel finished the day with six carries and 41 yards but shined in the passing game, catching two passes for 79 yards and a touchdown.

Greyson Lambert Gets Needed Reps as the Starter

It was the first start for new QB Lambert. He saw significant time and even had a pair of touchdown passes.  Lambert’s final stat line had him throw 8-for-12 for 141 yards and two touchdowns. There were times that Lambert looked indecisive and showed that he doesn’t have a lot of mobility in the pocket. ULM never pressured the Georgia offense to the point that Lambert was forced to make plays and the running back committee took a lot of the pressure off the new QB as well. Lambert has plenty of weapons that should help him going forward.

The Bulldog Defense Looks To In Mid-Season Form
Georgia's defense held the Warhawks to 251 total yards while only allowing 45 yards rushing on 26 attempts. The Warhawks were able to score a pair of touchdowns but really couldn’t get anything else going as the Bulldogs' defense proved to be too much.

Malcolm Mitchell Looks to Be Very Healthy

It was a very positive sign for Bulldog faithful as Mitchell made multiple plays on the offensive side of the ball and showed everyone just how healthy he was. Mitchell had three receptions for 52 yards and a touchdown but the biggest play may have been a downfield block to help Sony Michel score. Mitchell raced downfield to make sure Michel had room to score and that play was more telling than any other as Mitchell showed both his speed and willingness to lay his body on the line just to make a block. Both were great signs for the wide receiver who has struggled with injuries throughout his career.

The Bulldogs will take on Vanderbilt next week in Nashville, Tenn.

— Written by Justin Nails, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Follow him on Twitter @justinnails