Georgia v. South Carolina
This game couldn’t come at a worse time for the Bulldogs, not only did they get beat down physically by Boise State last week but they are a mess on both sides of the ball due to injuries and talent that is just not yet ready for big time football.
Anytime you allow the opposing teams offensive and defensive lines to control the line of scrimmage the way Boise’s did last weekend you’re going to lose, the bad news for Georgia is that South Carolina’s lines are better. As for the game, I think it’s going to be a hard fought low scoring game, but give me the Gamecocks for a big conference win.
Players To Watch:
OT Cordy Glenn-Glenn really had a poor game last week, it won’t affect his overall stock unless he makes it a trend. South Carolina is deep at DE and Glenn will be tested all game long.
CB Brandon Boykin-Showed off some versatility and offensive ability last week with his TD run, and was one of Georgia’s best defenders in the loss. He draws a tough assignment this weekend in covering WR Alshon Jeffrey.
OC Ben Jones-Like Glenn, Jones struggled against a physically dominant Boise front last week. He needs to trust more in his technique and let the fundamentals take over. He has two inexperienced players at both guards so that will affect his plays somewhat.
FB Bruce Figgins-Did a solid job in blocking but was not blowing holes through the line like you would prefer your FB do. He did however have the key block that sprung Boykin’s long TD run last week.
TE Orson Charles*-Probably the most effective and consistent weapon for the Dawgs last week, Charles was rewarded late in the game with a TD reception. Seemed to work the middle of the field well, showed off reliable hands, and has the athletic ability to stretch the seam and give defenses trouble.
WR Tavarres King*-He is Georgia’s #1 WR but his drops are going to drive fans nuts this year. He showed off the ability to get open in Week 1, and if he can consistently give Murray a target to throw to he should continue to get chances to make plays.
CB Branden Smith*-If we see Branden Smith take one more stiff arm to the facemask and just fall down we may cross him off our prospect list. Smith’s propensity for taking ‘the hand’ and letting it stop him from doing anything else in infuriating.
DT John Jenkins*-Time for the big man in the middle to step up and show us why he was a top prospect coming out of JUCO. Was blocked with relative ease by a much smaller Boise line and really was ineffective in generating any push.
WR Malcolm Brown*-He disappeared for a bit of the game last week but with King struggling to consistently catch the ball, Brown finally has his chance to shine. He’s a big target and if he can use his size to his advantage he could become a favorite target of Murray.
DT Travian Robertson-Just an absolute monster in the middle to contend with when you already have to deal with SC’s DE’s. He got off the ball really well v. ECU and showed the ability to press the pocket when blocked one on one.
OT Rokevious Watkins-The big RT at times absolutely mauled ECU’s smaller DE’s. He really showed some good tenacity out there and decent athleticism. We still feel as though he is a better fit at OG in the NFL however.
DE Melvin Ingram-With the speed that Clowney and Taylor bring off the edge, its almost not fair that you also have to account for Ingram’s power. This trio of DE’s is so scary, that I don’t know how you properly scheme for them.
S Antonio Allen-The stalwart of the Gamecock backline, Allen is as adept at making a tackle as he is in pass coverage. Anytime Murray wants to go deep he’ll need to look off Allen and that’s not an easy thing to accomplish with such a disciplined player.
QB Stephen Garcia-We never thought we’d say this but the South Carolina offense runs so smoothly with Garcia in command. If he can play the way he did v. ECU all year long he will make quite a few teams take a long look at him in April.
WR Alshon Jeffrey*-We could just write “beast” and stop the report there, but we’ll continue. When Jeffrey and Garcia are synced up they are impossible to start. Good luck to Brandon Boykin, he’s going to need it.
CB Stephen Gilmore*-Gilmore is a big bodied CB who has the ability to lock down a WR for a whole game. If he is able to take King away from Murray it will put Georgia is a very bad situation.
DE Devin Taylor*-Outside of everybody wanting to see the young studs (Lattimore, Crowell, & Clowney) this is the guy to watch. A big play DE who does a fantastic job harassing the QB and getting after it in run plays.