Curran Keeping His Eye on Dwyer

ATHENS – Rennie Curran watches every Georgia Tech game he can to see his good friend Jonathan Dwyer run the football.

Both players grew up outside Atlanta, and Curran said Dwyer's skills rival anyone in the SEC – including his teammate, Knowshon Moreno.

"He does some impressive things," Curran said. "He's a power runner, and he can run you over or juke you out just like Knowshon can."

Dwyer has racked up 1,184 yards rushing this season – just 60 fewer than Moreno – and has topped 100 yards in all but three games this season.

"The stats don't lie," Curran said. "He's put up big numbers, and he's as likely to do it against us as any team. I think he'd be fine in the SEC."

Dwyer will present a significant challenge for the Bulldogs' defense, which has struggled to slow opposing running games during its past four games.

The key to stopping the Georgia Tech sophomore, head coach Mark Richt said, is to stop him early. Once Dwyer finds himself in space, he becomes a tough target to tackle.

"We have to get to him before he gets started because he is an agile tackle-breaker with good speed," Richt said. "(Dwyer) looks every bit of 228 pounds, and he carries it well. For him, if you don't get him at the line of scrimmage, it's going to be tough to get him down."

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