Scouting Georgia's Offense

Offensively Georgia is the best team the Gators will see this season unless they play a Big 12 team in a bowl game. In my opinion, Georgia has the best QB/RB/WR skill combination in all of college football.

They lead the SEC in total offense (431 yards/g) and are second in scoring (34.2 points/g). Georgia is coming off a 52 point performance against LSU, but the offense can only claim credit for 38 of those points.

Quarterback Matt Stafford is the key guy and his improvement over three years is dramatic. He's no longer the erratic decision maker of 2006 or the inconsistent gunner of last year. He's still going to take some chances, and Florida needs to make him pay for it. Last year they didn't as he passed for 217 yards and three touchdowns.

Knowshon Moreno is the best running backs in the country. He's 75 yards shy of 1,000 and ripped the Gators for 188 and three touchdowns last year. He can gash you inside and run past you outside. He's also their fourth leading receiver (14, 10.3). Caleb King (245, 4.2, 1 TD) gives them an excellent back up. They don't run the fullback much except in goal line situations.

The Dawgs also have two excellent receivers in senior Mohamed Massaquoi (28, 13.1, 4) and a great freshman in A.J. Green (39, 17, 5). Massaquoi has had trouble with dropped passes during his career, but hit the Gators with an 84-yard TD last year. Add in Michael Moore (17, 14.2, 1) and you have an excellent trio. Unlike past Georgia teams the one thing they really don't have is a threat at tight end.

The offensive line is a makeshift patchwork quilt of humanoids that is playing surprisingly well. They have started four different left tackles and Saturday will start two true freshmen, a redshirt freshman and two sophomores. I am really impressed with the way they have been coached by former Auburn lineman Stacey Searels. The center, Ben Jones looks like he'll be a great one. Despite their youth and all the changes up front they block well enough for Moreno to pile up the yardage. They also have allowed just nine sacks on the year and only one in the last three games.

Overall this is by far the best offense the Gators have faced. It'll be a tremendous challenge for every Gator unit. The line has to clog running lanes for Moreno and get pressure on Stafford. The linebackers must tackle a lot better than they did last year and watch for screen passes and Moreno out of the backfield. The secondary has to play tight and get physical with Green while keeping a safety back to discourage big plays.


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