Ladd McConkey should surprise no one after Mississippi State show: ‘He’s a stallion’


STARKVILLE, Miss., — Mississippi State had absolutely no answers for Ladd McConkey on Saturday night. On a Georgia team as loaded as any team in the country, that couldn’t stop a player who had scholarship offers from Vanderbilt and Georgia from dropping out of high school.

The redshirt sophomore led Georgia to receive five passes for 71 yards. He had a 17-yard touchdown pass from Stetson Bennett that put Georgia up 31-12.

It was actually his second touchdown of the quarter, as McConkey took a backhand from Bennett, patiently waited for Darnell Washington and Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint to knock out their defenders and rush into the end zone for a 70-yard score.

And if you listened to Bennett, you would have known the third-year Chatsworth, Georgia player was still capable of making big plays like he did on Saturday against Mississippi State.

“We knew he was a stallion the moment he walked in,” Bennett said. “I was wondering why we didn’t have this guy on the pitch. He’s a stallion.

McConkey’s touchdowns helped freeze a game much closer at halftime than it should have been. Georgia had a 17-3 lead minutes before halftime, only for Mississippi State to score nine points later on a punt return touchdown and “mishandling” of the clock by Smart.

Georgia got the ball first to start the second half and McConkey quickly got to work. His play helped put Mississippi State to bed and clinch the SEC East for Georgia. “

“Awesome work by Darnell Washington, just elite perimeter blocking,” Smart said. “Ladd breaks a tackle, Rosemy has blocks on the pitch and Ladd has passed them. It was just great play call, great design. It’s a stage play we put together this week for this look and it hit the spot.

Georgia receivers had drawn criticism in recent weeks in part because of a lack of explosive plays. Against Tennessee, McConkey completed a 37-yard touchdown pass from Bennett as he finished with 94 receiving yards.

McConkey has now caught touchdowns in three straight games for Georgia. He’s become a key part of an offense that is averaging 40.6 points per game.

In 10 games, McConkey has already statically surpassed what he did a season ago and looks set to continue racking up big games.

Mississippi State hadn’t lost at home before a 45-19 loss to McConkey and Georgia. The SEC West Bulldogs were by no means a bad team.

Still, there was McConkey making them look silly time and time again on Saturday.

“A huge job offensively to recover the ball in the second half. We thought that would define the second half, to take the crowd out of it if we could get some momentum back,” Smart said.

Ladd McConkey Burns Mississippi State

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