A view from the sidelines - The Marshall Game

ATHENS – A view from the sideline of Georgia's 13-3 win over Marshall.

Before the game it was obvious D.J. Shockley was excited about playing in the game. However, Shockley played only three downs before coming out of the game for good. Georgia did not get a first down during Shockley's series.

You get the feeling that other defenses want to pressure Shockley so that he will run around and try to make a play. That could have something to do with the protection that he is getting while back there, but it certainly has something to do with him not throwing the ball away, too.

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During one of Marshall's time outs defensive line coach Rodney Garner walked almost to the Georgia 15-yard line to see who the Herd was putting into the game. Marshall was rotating quarterbacks, but the substitute quarterback never attempted a pass during the game. He was used strictly for running, and option play.

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Richt said last week that Georgia would not use the "trick play" that was used against Auburn in 2001 and South Carolina last week. However, David Greene tried to fake out the Herd with his play-action again. It did not work this week, however. Even though it appears it's a trick play, it's hard to call Greene's play action a trick play, but that's what it looks like.

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Tyson Browning had a very difficult time holding onto the ball Saturday, but while running it he did try to go where the play was intended. Browning, a very small back, ran the ball inside, even if the play did not develop as fast as he wanted it to.

Browning is very effective in the open field, but running the ball in between the tackles is obviously not his forte – he can't really do much.

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Reggie Brown got the ball early in the game – with the run and the pass. Still, Brown ended the game with only three catches.

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After a sack in the first quarter, Gerald Anderson's celebration with fellow defensive lineman Kedric Golston left him nearly breathless. He told me after the game how rare it is to celebrate a sack by the defensive tackle. Anderson got his money's worth on that celebration.

Anderson was not celebrating later in the game when the Georgia staff was putting his contacts in for him. He seems to have more trouble than most with his contacts during games.

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It appeared early on the in the game that Marshall was getting away with a lot of holding. The Herd was flagged 10 times for 63 yards, but early in the game the holding was worse than usual.

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The Georgia tight ends have got to become more reliable in the passing game, particularly in the red zone. Twice in two weeks Martrez Milner and Leonard Pope have dropped touchdown passes.

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The Marshall Cheerleaders had to be questioning their uniform decision for the game. They were dressed in almost all black for a game in Georgia in September. Although the game was mild for some September games in Athens, it was still hot.

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Thomas Davis is the best open field tackler that has played for Georgia in a long time, however even he will miss every now and then. He missed an open field tackle in the second quarter. Fortunately for Georgia, Arnold Harrison was there to punish the ball carrier.

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Ray Gant was effective inside on defense when Golston left with his injury. Georgia's interior line has good skill and appears to be developing depth nicely.

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Marshall's punter was very effective during the first part of the game, but fell off tremendously in the second half. I have not seen that much change in a punter's kicks in a long time.

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It seems that Reggie Brown is the most elusive player on Georgia's team, even compared to Browning. When Brown gets hit he slips around and falls to the ground so as not to hurt himself. However, Brown must get more consistent catching catchable-balls.

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Max Jean-Gilles is without a doubt Georgia's most consistent physical player. He is always looking for another block to make, but that's before the whistle is blown. Daniel Inman, on the other hand, must learn to control is aggression. His late hit penalty was a stupid mistake that could have been avoided, and gave Marshall excellent field position.

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Larry Munson was a little off on his description of Marshall's Jonathon Goddard. He said Goddard "seemed to be active"; that's an understatement for sure. Goddard was all over the place. Georgia has a lot of trouble slowing him down. He had two sacks and a tipped ball in the first half alone.

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Two things happened on A.J. Bryant's first big play as a Georgia Bulldog. Bryant took off down the sideline, but instead of avoiding a tackler by stepping out of bounds, Bryant ran him over. Also, Bryan McClendon made a thundering block near the end of the play that was close to a late hit. But because McClendon did not show boat, the official took his hand out of his back pocket and let the play stand.

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On Michael Cooper's apparent fumble near the start of the third quarter, the official called Cooper down before the ball came out. However, Cooper looked like he landed on the ball and had the wind knocked out of him. Apparently Cooper injured his shoulder on that play.

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In the third quarter David Pollack was getting into the offense's ear about their play.

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The officials working the game were some of the worst in the past few contests Georgia has played in. The SEC really needs to work on its officials.

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Marshall didn't do anything all game long on offense, but neither did Georgia. The Bulldogs looked poised to make the game a blow out, and had many chances to, but too many missed offensive opportunities gave Georgia only 13 points on the day.

Had the Bulldogs scored a touchdown in the second half the game would have gotten out of hand.

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There were a lot of fumbles in the second half of this game. Reggie Brown saved Georgia by recovering Browning's punt. Brown had to get physical to keep the ball away from Marshall. Also, the Herd did fumble the ball late in the game, but the officials missed the call.

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Quinton Moses blew up a screen pass by himself in the fourth quarter. He interrupted the running back's pattern and then tipped the quarterback's pass to him. Georgia's defense appears stacked for a long time to come.


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