The Good, Bad, and the Ugly

Josh Kendall takes a look at the good, bad, and the ugly vs. Vanderbilt. Plus injury news and more.

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 up an 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 rush," 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 favored to 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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