Georgia Football: Five Things to Watch vs Middle Tennessee State

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Georgia Football is set to take on the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders Saturday. Kickoff in Athens has been moved from 7:15 PM, to noon due to hurricane Florence bearing down on the East coast. Here are five players to watch on Saturday.

Left Tackle Cade Mays

Cade Mays is a 6’6 318 pound freshman offensive tackle. He is from Knoxville, Tennessee, home of the Tennessee Volunteers. Mays was originally committed to UT. Cade decommitted from the Vols last September, after taking an unofficial visit to Georgia according to 24/7 Sports.

Cade Mays is typically the second string left tackle. An ankle injury to starting left tackle Andrew Thomas, against South Carolina, forced Mays into action. He responded in a resounding way.

The Georgia Football team actually saw their run blocking efficiency increase, with Cade Mays taking over for Thomas. That’s interesting because Thomas is widely regarded as UGA’s best offensive lineman.

Cade was pushing his opponent around so much, that offensive coordinator Jim Chaney began to run the ball to his side more. This just shows the wonderful depth, that Georgia Football has built on the offensive line. In fact the Bulldogs are close to having overall depth, on the level of Alabama.

Cade Mays is expected to get his first start, with Andrew Thomas missing practice all week. It will certainly be worth watching, to see if he can duplicate, and even build upon last week’s performance.

Cade’s ability to protect Jake Fromm‘s blind side in the passing game, will be paramount for the Dawgs, and something to observe. Cohesiveness from the offensive line as a whole without Thomas, will another key point to keep an eye on.