Georgia-UAB: Three Keys Revisited

ATHENS - Josh Kendall reviews the three keys to Georgia's game with UAB.

Practice what you preach

A 34-0 shutout is a pretty clear indication Georgia didn't overlook its opponent. The Bulldogs started a bit slowly, scoring just 10 points in the first half, but that was more a product of their conservative offense and UAB's quality defense than a poor mental approach.

Make it easy for Matthew Stafford

Thirty-eight runs. Seventeen passes by Stafford. Easy enough. Georgia never put Stafford in a bad position, and he responded by never making a big error. He did miss one safety blitz early, which caused him to take a hard hit and encouraged the Blazers to blitz more throughout the game, but he handled most everything else well.

Match Blazers' toughness

It was evident from the first series of the game that Georgia's coaches had preached to their players that UAB wanted to outman them. The first quarter of the game was feisty enough that the referee had to have a settle-down talk with Bulldog linebacker Tony Taylor and a UAB player.

Notable: Coach Mark Richt considers his three tailbacks "co-No. 1s" and there'll be no change on a rotation that has Thomas Brown starting, followed by Kregg Lumpkin and Danny Ware, Richt said. "Sometimes it's too big of a deal to make a depth chart move," Richt said. "It becomes big news and the reality is they are all about equal. I just don't think it's worth making a story of it." … The Bulldogs ran the ball 38 times and threw it just 19 Saturday, but that size difference is not unusual. Georgia had a higher disparity in four games last year and the only loss in that group of games was a 14-10 defeat at the hands of Florida.

Quotable: "The first time we actually talked about (the shutout) was with about four or three minutes left. You don't think about it until maybe the end. Then it goes from, ‘We have a shot to win the game,' to, ‘Let's see if we can keep them from scoring.'" – defensive coordinator Willie Martinez

Injuries: There were no good updates Sunday on the condition of cornerback Thomas Flowers, who suffered ligament damage in his left foot Saturday and is expected to need season-ending surgery. Flowers, a junior, is unlikely to receive a medical redshirt season, Richt said, meaning he will have just one year of eligibility remaining after his surgery. Wide receivers Mohamed Massaquoi (hamstring) and Mikey Henderson (hamstring) have a good chance of being able to action this week, Richt said. Offensive tackle Michael Turner (ankle) and defensive tackle Ray Gant (foot) are questionable for the Colorado game. Linebacker Dannell Ellerbe will return from a three-game suspension this week.

Up next: vs. Colorado, Sanford Stadium, 12:30 p.m., Lincoln-Financial TV.

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