Playmakers? Legge's List

ATHENS – Who are Georgia's most dependable playmakers?

The list isn't long, but there are a few playmakers on the roster of the red and black. Dean Legge takes a look at Georgia's top five playmakers.

1. A.J. Green – Not a difficult pick, huh? Green is about all opposing defenses need to worry about these days. Georgia's non-existent run game has thrown a wrench into the plans of having Joe Cox manage the Dawgs this season. Green, however, has been a consistent playmaker – probably the only consistent one on offense. He pretty much won the Arizona State game by himself, and will need to have as many games like that as possible in the future if the Dawgs are going to score – or even move the ball. Green also leads the SEC in receiving yards and receptions per game.

2. Drew Butler – Maybe a bit of a surprise here, but Butler has stepped his game up – and how. The former Peachtree Ridge punter has been consistent all season… all the time lacing kicks into the outer rim of the Milky Way. He's ranked as the number one punter in the SEC with his 49.8 average. He has the longest kick of the SEC season – 75 yards. And Butler's punts are the reason the Dawgs are tops in the conference in net punting by seven yards.

3. Brandon Boykin – I would not kick the ball to Brandon Boykin for the rest of the season if I were the opposition. If his 27.8 yards per return were not enough his two 100-yard returns for touchdown are evidence that opposing teams should steer clear of him. Of the four interceptions this season Boykin has two.

4. Bacarri Rambo – You need a spark, and Rambo is about all the defense has provided this season. Georgia's safety play has been average to bad – which is kind. But it has picked up when Rambo has replaced Bryan Evans in the secondary. Rambo scored more points than the offense on Saturday, and made the only play on defense the entire game.

5. Blair Walsh – Walsh has been driving kickoffs into the end zone, and has a game-winning field goal. He was also the only source of the Dawgs' offensive production the other day against Tennessee – a 52-yard field goal. Walsh is a dependable asset for the Dawgs – if they could drive the ball far enough to take advantage of him.

Five players who could and should make more plays:

Rennie Curran – Curran is all over the field – and he is the most dependable players in the program. Curran leads the SEC with a ridiculous 10.7 tackles a game, but he's not forced a fumble, recovered a fumble or had an interception. Curran is special, but he could make more plays, too.

Caleb King – King is the one player who could change Georgia's season simply because he has the ability to give the Dawgs some sort of running presence. Washaun Ealy is still too young, and neither Richard Samuel or Cartlon Thomas have made plays from the tailback spot (save Samuel's 80-yard touchdown against Arkansas). King can make plays, but even if he's just steady in the backfield, with 70 yards a game, that would take a huge burden off Joe Cox.

Reshad Jones – Jones is playing better than he did last season, but he's still forced only one fumble, and has four pass breakups. The Atlanta native has the body needed for NFL play, but he needs to put more on film to make his draft status go higher. Georgia's defense is predicated on good safety play – and Jones can do his part by making more plays for the Dawgs.

Branden SmithMark Richt said at the Tuesday press conference that Smith will play more, and that should mean the Atlanta native will get more chances to make plays – it also means he could be a liability on the defensive side of the ball. Still, Smith needed to get his chance to play, and now he has it. I expect playmaking to came along with that. A Branden Smith with the ball in his hands is a dangerous thing.

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