Each Sunday after a Georgia football match, The Red & Black will review a key Saturday game. This week, we take a look at the firing of Travon Walker, which sealed Georgia’s victory over Auburn.
Georgia led 21-14 with 1:44 remaining in the game.
Auburn was facing a fourth-and-10 from its own 27-yard line. On the previous possession, the Bulldogs had a chance to seal the win. Instead, they executed two running plays that went for 1 yard and 4 yards, respectively, then a pass to D’Andre Swift, who was downed at the line of scrimmage. Auburn took over at the 27-yard line after Jake Camrada’s punt. The Tigers haven’t gained yards in three straight plays. On third down, Bo Nix threw a pass to Seth Williams for Richard LeCounte to knock the ball out of Williams’ hands.
It all boiled down to that. Bo Nix lined up shotgun with two receivers to his right and left. Georgia had just two linemen on the ground, but linebackers Quay Walker and Adam Anderson also rushed the quarterback. But it was Travon Walker who brought Nix down. Walker lined up opposite the center before almost immediately looping all around the right tackle. The freshman sack earned the win and the SEC East title for Georgia.
Safety Richard LeCounte: “This guy is a beast man, to be able to let him rush and we held him in the back, it felt good. Travon is a great player.
Head coach Kirby Smart on whether he regretted punching Walker’s chest: “Hell no. I would work on Travon’s chest all day. I thought I might lose an ACL, but I committed to it.