Scouting Report: Georgia Offense

Georgia is a solid team offensively, but not nearly as good as Kentucky. They average 363 yards a game with pretty good run (161) pass (202) balance. They have only scored 30 or more points three times. They are unusual in that they have the best red zone scoring efficiency in the SEC (95.8 percent) but they are next to last in the SEC in reaching the red zone (just 24 times).

Quarterback --- Matthew Stafford is a good player with big time talent. However he's not all that accurate, completing just 55 percent of his passes. His most significant progress this season has been in taking care of the football. Last year he threw 13 interceptions but he has thrown just four this year. He is fifth in the SEC in passing efficiency (22.4), but that is way behind league leader Tim Tebow (177.5). He does a good job of spreading the ball around with seven receivers having ten or more catches.

Running back --- Injuries have decimated what was the strongest position on the team. Thomas Brown (413 yards, 6 TD) and Kregg Lumpkin are both hurt, leaving the job to talented freshman Knowshon Moreno (619, 5.2, 3TD). Moreno is as talented as anyone Florida has seen this year and showed his stamina by carrying it 28 times in the win over Vanderbilt. Moreno is extremely elusive and Florida's tackling issues will be challenged in Jacksonville.

Receivers --- The receiving corps has been plagued by drops for several years, and this season is no exception. The leader is Sean Bailey (19, 15.3, 2) and he's joined on the outside by Mohamed Massaquoi (13, 11.2, 1) and Mikey Henderson (14, 9.7, 2). Demiko Goodman provides an occasional deep threat (6, 20.2, 2). Georgia has a history of exceptional tight ends, but this year they have a guy who is just good, but Tripp Chandler is good enough. He's not be an elite player, but he's pretty productive (14, 12.3, 1). They throw effectively to their running backs as well (27, 10.8, 2).

Offensive line --- the Bulldogs, like Auburn a few weeks ago had to rebuild their offensive line and have three freshmen starting up front. However they are not as good as Auburn there. They actually brought in transfer talent to add experience, but the JUCO guys have been beaten out by youngsters Trinton Sturdivant (LT) and (RG) Clint Boling. They do a pretty good job of protecting Stafford, allowing just ten sacks.

Perhaps the most impressive thing about the Georgia offense is that they don't turn it over. Georgia has just five turnovers in seven games, which is the best in the NCAA. Considering that Florida is one of the worst take away teams in the SEC with just eight, chances are Florida will have to force punts to get the ball back from this unit. Since they average five punts a game, that shouldn't be too hard.

Strategy wise, Georgia has always been a good screen pass team and as everyone saw in Lexington the Gators have a lot of work to do in that area. I would expect Georgia to try and exploit that weakness often and use that to set up some deep throws. Florida's ability to defend the screen might be the biggest key defensively this week, well that and tackling Moreno.

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