Florida Week: Kendall's Three Keys

JACKSONVILLE - Josh Kendall's three keys for Georgia's game with Florida.

Start fast

The Bulldogs were down 21-0 last year and the game felt like it was over when the Gators scored off a Kregg Lumpkin fumble on the first series of the second half. Given the history of this series and the inconsistency of this season, the Bulldogs need to come out of the gate strong to give themselves some confidence they can steal a victory.

Tackle Tebow (and everybody else)

Tackling has been an issue for the Bulldogs, not bringing people down but bringing them down in a timely manner. When Tebow drives linebackers back 5 yards, it not only turns second-and-10 into second-and-five, it demoralizes the defense and energizes the Gators and their faithful. Yards gained after contact may be the most vital statistic in today's game.

Hold onto the ball

Georgia has turned the ball over fewer times than any team in the country (five), but it hasn't gotten a lot of benefit from that since only one team in the country has created fewer turnovers. The Bulldogs need some breaks today, and turnovers would be the perfect kind.

One to watch

Middle linebacker Marcus Washington will be the player most responsible for stopping Florida quarterback Tim Tebow's inside runs. Combine that with the fact that Washington indicated the Bulldogs will take shots at Tebow's injured shoulder and that Washington is coming back from a shoulder injury of his own and it should make for an interesting day. If Washington can push Tebow backward, it could be a good day for the ‘Dogs. If Tebow pushes Washington backward, it will be a long day for everyone in red and black.


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