THE GOOD: Georgia's defense continues to get better despite significant injuries and depth concerns. After Saturday's near-shutout against Vanderbilt, the Bulldogs are giving up just 11.3 points per game. They are now third in the country in scoring defense and they remained the national leader in total defense (249.86 ypg). Georgia has given up one rushing touchdown this season, fewer than any team in the country. "I think we were solid all day (against Vanderbilt) coordinator Brian VanGorder said. "We need to get pressure from our front four. If I had to think of something that bothered me, it's still that."
THE BAD: Georgia's depth. When backup quarterback D.J. Shockley made
the decision this weekend to have season-ending knee surgery, he became
the sixth key Bulldog lost for the season due to injury. Georgia will
have to take a few things out of its playbook with the athletic Shockley
out of the rotation, coach Mark Richt said. Freshman Joe Tereshinski III
moved up into Georgia's backup role, and walk-on Rollins Lucky becomes
the third-stringer. Having a walk-on just two plays away from the
starting spot makes Richt nervous, he said. "Three (scholarship
quarterbacks) is just not enough," he said. "We're holding our breath
with that right now."
THE UGLY: Georgia's pass protection. The Bulldogs have given
SEC-worst 23 sacks, including the six Vanderbilt recorded. Not all of
the blame falls on the offensive line - At least one sack given up
Saturday was the responsibility of the fullback, Richt said - but a lot
of it does. "A lot of (Vanderbilt's) pressure came on a four-man
Richt said. "They didn't have to blitz to put much pressure on us."
Asked after the game if he felt like he was running for his life,
quarterback David Greene said no. He was being too kind.
THE INJURIES: Wide receiver Reggie Brown (cramps) and defensive
lineman Ray Gant (hand) are expected to be back for Saturday's game.
Wide receivers Fred Gibson (knee) and Michael Johnson (shoulder),
fullback Jeremy Thomas (concussion), linebacker Derrick White (foot) and
defensive lineman Marquis Elmore (ankle) are questionable.
NOTABLE: The BCS rankings come out today, which will give Georgia a
clearer picture of what must happen for it to make it to the national
championship game. The Bulldogs are expected to be fourth, behind
Oklahoma, Miami and Virginia Tech. The fact that they didn't slip behind
No. 5 USC in the Associated Press poll on Sunday could be a big factor.
Had the Bulldogs dropped to No. 5 in the AP poll, as they are in the
coaches' poll, it could have cost them a spot in the BCS.
QUOTABLE: "They've got a bunch of good kids over here. You can just
tell they're good kids." - UGA defensive end David Pollack commending
Vanderbilt of its effort in Georgia's win.
UP NEXT: The Bulldogs face UAB, who they will be heavily
beat. The Blazers, though, could give Georgia trouble. They are coming
off a 27-24 loss to No. 15 TCU, which is one of only four unbeaten teams
in the Top 25. UAB has wins over Baylor, Memphis and Cincinnati.
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