Scouting Georgia

Florida and Georgia get together for the first time at night in prime-time for the World Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party. This year huge implications that rival those of 1992. Can Florida possibly lose it's fourth game under new coach Ron Zook and miss New Year's Day? Will Georgia end the curse of the past 12 season and prove worthy of the SEC title? Both teams have a lot at stake on Saturday and that has the makings of an outstanding and compelling ball game.

Georgia Offense:
The Bulldogs started slowly on offense this season as they tried to implement the two quarterback system. David Greene was outstanding as a freshman a year ago but Mark Richt wants to involve DJ Shockley.  After an injury to Shockley, Greene has reclaimed his spot among the SEC's elite signal callers by throwing 16 touchdowns and only 6 interceptions.  Geene has 20 consecutive starts and wins in Knoxville, Columbia and Tuscaloosa.  Greene is fourth in passing in the conference and Georgia overall is third. His main target is SEC player of the week Terrance Edwards who has 9 touchdowns and 39 receptions.  Damien Gary is out this week and Fred Gibson may play with the injured thumb, but who knows how effective he will be. Tight end Ben Watson has 22 catches and receiver Reggie Brown has 15.  Both of these guys will have to step up. The running back position also features and injured player in Musa Smith. In wins at South Carolina, at Alabama and Clemson he gained over 100 yards. For the season he is averaging 5 yards per attempt. Tony Milton, an older freshman who is a great story, had 78 yards a week ago in Lexington filling in for Smith. The offensive line is the second best in the conference behind Alabama.   Jon Stinchomb has been banged up but should play and his replacement George Foster has done a good job. The line is anchored strongly on the inside with Ian Knight at center and Kevin Breedlove and Alex Jackson at guard. The offense has produced over 1,000 yards of total offense the last two weeks.

Georgia Scheme:
The Dogs like the Pro "I" and the Pro "split back " looks. In the passing game the bread and butter plays are the curl flat and the old Seminole play with the curl, back swing (remember Warrick Dunn) and the shallow cross. Gary has been the shallow cross guy and it's a factor that he is not playing. The deep balls are mainly off of play action in which both quarterbacks are well schooled in the faking of the hand offs.  The Georgia offense also likes the four vertical routes and try to either find the tight end on the seam near the hash mark or they will slip the back down the middle of the field and split the safety's in cover two. The running game is mostly the lead or Isolation plays and the Wham G off tackle. They will run the toss sweep on short yardage plays. The Dogs use the tight ends and the backs in the redzone area to find the endzone.

Gators on the attack:
This is a difficult offense to defend when it is clicking and has all it's bullets in the gun. It has been clicking but it is missing some ammo. Florida must be able to stop the run in their base 4-3 defense and rotate safety's Guss Scott and Todd Johnson up into the box. The corners will have to play some man coverage and also allow the underneath stuff until UF can prove it can shut down Smith. In passing situations, the blitz is good especially the strong safety variety with Scott. Look for the Gators to run a lot of games and stunts with their front seven. Cory Bailey will be in in nickel and be called up to step up. The defensive ends must keep outside lanes and the defensive tackles will get their hands up to knock down underneath crossing routes.

Big Game Gators:
Ian Scott, Guss Scott, Bam Hardman, Clint Mitchell.

Georgia Defense:
The Dogs are athletic and fast but their secondary is covered up by the dominant play of their front seven. The defense is fifth in the conference behind Florida but are 12th in the nation and second in the conference in scoring defense at 16.4 points per game. David Pollack is a super star who has nine sacks and is third on the team in tackles. He will go to the strong side and could be manned up on either of Florida's tackles.  Jonathon Sullivan, Ken Veal and Will Thompson are all active lineman who get up the field with great first steps. There is good depth with Kedric Golston, Darrius Swain and Shedrick WynnBoss Bailey and Tony Gilbert are outstanding linebackers with Tony Taylor or Chris Clemons that can run real well. The secondary is average and led by rover Kentrell Curry with 39 tackles and 2 interceptions and corner Bruce Thornton with 5 pass break ups. Tim Jennings played a lot last week and may start ahead of Thornton but all will play against UF's spread attack.  Decory Bryant and Sean Jones are the other secondary members.

Georgia Scheme:
The Dogs are a 4-3 team similar to Miami in that they will shade their nose tackle one way or another.  This allows them to get into some 4-50 looks and release their linebackers to make plays.  The ends are very active and are outside rushers who's first goal is


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