South Carolina Week: Five Things to Work on

ATHENS – Dean Legge's five things to work on before the South Carolina game.

1. More Big Plays – Maybe that should just be "Big Plays" – after all if Georgia had only one big play during the entire game against Oklahoma State, Prince Miller's punt return for a touchdown, and it was called back thanks to a penalty. If Georgia expects to return to a decent bowl they need big plays – on offense, defense and special teams. These Dawgs are not good enough to win without big plays and proved it Saturday.

2. Turnovers – Georgia isn't good enough to overcome losing the turnover battle – which they also proved Saturday. There were too many chances the defense had not to come up with a single turnover against the Cowboys. All too often Georgia's defenders had at least one hand on the ball – at times they had two. Leaving those big plays on the field, two of which could have resulted in returns for touchdowns, is unacceptable. Perhaps even worse was the offense's turnovers – particularly the two that turned into points. Joe Cox has been a quarterback too long not to have two hands on the ball in the pocket – that's a fundamental thing. His fumble ended any real chance for the Dawgs. But Carlton Thomas' fumble in the shadow of the end zone was a total momentum swinger. You cannot fumble on your own five-yard line.

3. Be more creative on offense – Georgia's first drive was a thing of beauty. But after that the Dawgs didn't to anything imaginative. Obviously Cox's arm is what Matthew Stafford's was, so why not mix up the offense and get the playmakers the ball closer to the line of scrimmage if need be – use A.J. Green on reverses, take advantage of screens (like the successful one to Thomas) and even draws. I am not sure what to say, but it did seem not so creative after the first drive. Also, using Rantavious Wooten and Marlon Brown seems like a good idea.

4. Run Caleb KingWe saw what Richard Samuel had, and while he ran hard he didn't always run with vision. Samuel doesn't have to run everyone over, but he is rather good at that. Instead he can maneuver and make someone miss. Perhaps King can give Georgia some of that, but I am concerned that King won't run as hard. Still, King may bring something that Samuel didn't – either way I'd like to see it just the same.

5. Win special teams – Drew Butler and Blair Walsh did their part for sure, but the other aspects of the special teams lost, and it cost Georgia the game. There is no reason to be too cute downing the ball inside the five-, or ten-yard line – just down it. Also, kick coverage in general needs to improve. Brandon Boykin, a very smart and capable player, had an unnecessary block in the back, which cost Georgia a tie – that can't happen again.

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