Scouting Georgia Bulldogs Offense

This has been one strange season for the guys in Red and Black.The Georgia Bulldogs opened the season with an easy win over Louisiana Lafayette followed by four straight losses. However since that miserable beginning to the 2010 campaign, Georgia has somehow put it together. The Dawgs come to Jacksonville on a three game winning streak and scored more than 40 points in each of those wins.

It's also significant to note that all three wins came over SEC teams (Tennessee 41-14, Vanderbilt 43-0) and Kentucky (44-31).

Obviously, Georgia's offense has made great strides from earlier in the year. They averaged just 14 points in their first three SEC games – all losses.

Quarterback Aaron Murray has done a helluva job as a redshirt freshman passing for 1,766 yards and completing almost 63 percent of his passes with 12 touchdowns just three interceptions. He does a nice job managing the game and looks more comfortable every week. Murray has not thrown an interception during the Bulldogs current win streak.

A big part of Murray's comfort zone has come from an improved running game. Washaun Ealey became the top Dawg in the backfield when Caleb King was suspended two games ago. Ealey responded with 280 yards and six touchdowns and should be the No. 1 guy despite King's return this week. Murray (264) has gained the second most yards running with the ball and also supports the running game.

Perhaps the biggest single reason for Georgia's surge is the return of all American WR A.J. Green back. He is one of the best in the country. I would say he is the best. Green has played in just four games, but has always caught 22 passes for 365 yards and four touchdowns. He's a big, fat target, and you know the trouble Florida has had against tall receivers like Chris Matthews and Terrence Tolliver. Georgia has two other quality receivers in Kris Durham (22, 20.6, 2) who is faster than he looks and Tavarres King (18, 18.8, 2) who is an excellent third threat. They should make better use of tight end Orson Charles (10-13.9) but that's typical of teams with a young QB.

The offensive line is playing like was expected early on led by center Ben Jones who is one of the best around. The tackles Clint Boling and Josh Davis are good solid performers. They run the ball better off tackle and wide than they do up the middle, which is an indication the guards are not great. Still, it's a very solid line, but it has given up 14 sacks.

Georgia is probably as good and balanced an offense as Florida has faced this season. Florida will have to control the down and distance situations in order to be able to put the kind of pressure they want to on Murray. It's also important to put Murray into situations where he has to make a play as often as possible. He's played well lately, but the atmosphere at the Florida/Georgia game presents its own unique challenges.


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