Scouting Georgia Offense

Georgia has had a strange year offensively scoring 41 against South Carolina, 52 on Arkansas and 34 against Vandy, but 20 or less in their other four games. The Dawgs have struggled to run the ball, averaging just 108 yards a game and that's after racking up 173 against Vanderbilt the last time out. They add another 226 through the air.

Georgia can be its own worst enemy, as evidenced by 17 turnovers in just seven games.

Still the arrive in Jacksonville with a 3-2 record in the SEC, which means they are still in the running for Atlanta if they can win Saturday.

Quarterback Joe Cox is a fifth year senior, but in his first season as the starter. He has done a pretty nice job in his first year as a starter, completing 57 percent of his passes with 13 TD and nine INT. His best game was when he lit up Arkansas for 375 yards and five touchdowns, something Florida couldn't do. His worst performance came against Tennessee (20-42, 152, 0/2). He is not at all mobile but he gets rid of the ball rather than taking sacks.

The big threat is WR A.J. Green (41, 16.6, 6) who is as good as anyone in the SEC. He's a match up nightmare. Michael Moore (19, 9.3, 2) is a good possession guy while Tavarres King (11, 16.0, 1) gives them another threat. Georgia makes good use of two solid TE in Aron White (6, 12.0, 1) and Orson Charles (10, 19.0, 1). Charles is a freshman from Tampa and you know he'll want to perform in a big way. Georgia likes to throw to their RBs who have combined for 21 catches.

The running game has been spotty in part due to inconsistent performances from a trip of backs. It started out well with Richard Samuel gaining 256 in the first three games, but he's only gained 79 yards in the four games since. Caleb King (135, 1) and Washaun Ealey (122) who had a good game against Vandy will also carry the ball as could Carlton Thomas. The FBs Shaun Chappas and Fred Munzenmaier have carried the ball just eight times, and are more likely to be used as safety valve receivers (11, 6.0, 1).

The offensive was supposed to be much improved, but it isn't. Losing Trinton Sturdivant at the start of the season certainly hurt but others have not come around. Center Ben Jones is probably the best of the bunch but there are no All-SEC guys here. They do, however protect Cox well, allowing just six sacks in seven games and only one in the last four.

Overall this is a decent offense. They can be very good if they can get the running game going but too often they've been one dimensional as evidenced by more than twice as much yardage in the air.

It's hard to see Georgia having a lot of success against the Gator defense unless they are able to hit several big plays.

Tomorrow we'll evaluate the Georgia defense and special teams.


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