Scouting Report

Tonight at 8 o'clock, the Ole Miss Rebels will face their stiffest challenge of the young season when the 10th-ranked Georgia Bulldogs roll into Oxofrd sporting a 4-0 record and coming off a narrow 14-13 win over Colorado. Read their scouting report inside.

The Georgia Bulldogs will roll into Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, Hollingsworth Field Saturday night sporting a perfect 4-0 record and ranked among the Top 10 football teams in the nation. The Bulldogs dodged a major upset last Saturday as the Colorado Buffaloes pushed the Dogs to the final minutes before Georgia rallied to squeak out a 14-13 win. One advantage for the Rebels is this will be Georgia's first game outside the hedges of Sanford Stadium as the Dogs opened their season with four consecutive home games. Georgia rolled over Western Kentucky 42-12 and whipped South Carolina 18-0 to pick up their first SEC win. The Bulldogs blanked UAB 34-0 before closing their four game home stand with the come-from-behind victory over Colorado.

Saturday's meeting with Georgia will be the 42nd time these two schools have met on the gridiron. Georgia holds a significant lead in the series with 28 wins, 12 losses and one tie. In Oxford, the Dogs lead the series eight games to five and have won the last six meeting. Ole Miss last tasted victory over the Dogs ten years ago in Athens, 31-27.

Georgia has one of the bright, young head coaches in college football, Mark Richt. Richt is one of only five SEC coaches in history to record four consecutive 10 win seasons. His success has put him in the company of Paul "Bear" Bryant (1971-74 and 1977-80), Steve Spurrier (1993-98), Phillip Fulmer (1995-98) and the man who hired him at Georgia, Vince Dooley (1980-83), who have accomplished four consecutive 10 win seasons. Richt also ranks eighth among head coach who achieved 50 or more wins in their first five years as a head coach, he had 52 wins in his first five seasons at Georgia. A former Rebel assistant, Bob Pruitt was 58-9 in his first five years at Marshall.

Mark Richt is 2-0 versus Ole Miss, winning 35-13 at Oxford in 2001 and 31-17 at Athens in 2002. His overall head coaching record is 56 wins, 12 losses and no ties. Richt, a 1982 graduate of Miami, spent his playing years for the Hurricanes backing up such NFL great quarterbacks as Jim Kelly, Vinny Testaverde and Bernie Kosar. Three years after leaving Miami Richt became a graduate assistant at Florida State. He spent two years as a GA, then two years as a volunteer coach at FSU East Carolina took Richt from being a volunteer coach to become their offensive coordinator. After one year he was back at Florida State as their quarterbacks coach. Bobby Bowden promoted him to offensive coordinator in 1994. He took over the Georgia program in 2001 and has since been named SEC Coach of the Year twice, in 2002 and 2005.

Georgia will primarily use a two-back offensive set but they will use the shotgun from time-to-time. The Bulldogs offense is scoring 28.5 points per game, which is fifth best in the SEC. Their total offensive yardage numbers are just slightly better than the Rebels as Georgia is averaging 309.3 yards per game on offense, the Rebels average 282.8. Neil Callaway, a 1978 graduate of Alabama, is the Bulldogs offensive coordinator and offensive line coach. In four games the Dogs have only allowed five sacks and have converted third down situations at a 31 per cent rate. The Bulldogs offensive line average over 6-4 and 317 pounds per man. Callaway will likely start four freshmen, four juniors, two sophomores and one red shirt freshman. The Bulldogs starting quarterback Joe Tereshinski is injured and will not play. A red shirt freshman, Joe Cox, or a true freshman, Matthew Stafford, will handle the quarterback chores of the Dogs. Red shirt freshman quarterback Blake Barnes of Baldwyn, Mississippi, has yet to see any action for the Bulldogs.


- QB # 14 Joe Cox, rFr., 6-1, 200 - 13-18-201 yards, 72%, 2 TD's, 1 INT, Rushing for 1 net yard;

- QB # 7 Matthew Stafford, Fr., 6-3, 225 - 29-57-394 yards, 51%, 1 TD, 3 INT, 12 rushes for 52 yards;

- TB # 20 Thomas Brown, Jr., 5-8, 185 - 39 carries for 114 yards, 2.9 ave;

- TB # 6 Kregg Lumpkin, Jr., 6-1, 220 - 35 carries for 168 yards, 4.8 ave, named the starter for Ole Miss game;

- TB # 28 Danny Ware, Jr., 6-1, 222 - 29 carries for 177 yards, 6.1 ave;

- FB # 36 Brannan Southerland, rSo., 6-0, 244 - Blocker, 4carries for 19 yards, 3 reception for 19 yards;

- ST # 72 Daniel Inman, Sr, 6-7, 319 - Senior anchor in the offensive line, 40th consecutive start,

- FL # 18 A.J. Bryant, Jr., 6-2,199 - 7 receptions for 78 yards, 11.1 ave., 0 TD; and,

- FL # 88 Kenneth Harris, rSo - 6-3, 212..6 receptions for 96 yards, 0 TD.

Georgia has thrown to 13 different receivers, #87 Martrez Milner is a quality tight end.

Defensively, the Georgia Bulldogs are stingy in allowing opponents points. They are allowing only 6.2 points per game which is third best in the SEC and fourth best nationally. The Bulldog defense is allowing only 231 total yards per game. Heading up the Bulldogs' defense is Willie Martinez, a 1986 grad of Miami. The Bulldogs play a 4-3-4 defense, they are experienced, big, fast and aggressive, their defensive front four average 283 pounds per man. In four games they have recorded 11 sacks and are allowing opponents to convert on third downs only 26 per cent of the time. Garner will likely start five seniors, three juniors, two sophomores and one red shirt freshman.


- FS # 30 Kelin Johnson, Jr., 6-1, 194 - 17 solo tackles, 4 assist, 21 total plus 1sack;

- WLB # 43 Tony Taylor, Sr., 6-1, 237 - 15 solo tackles, 6 assist, 21 total plus 2 sacks;

- ROVER # 25 Tra Battle, Sr., 5-11, 176 - 17 solo tackles, 3 assist, 20 total plus 1 sack;

- SC # 11 Ramarcus Brown, rSo., 5-11, 173 - 14 solo tackles, 3 assist, 17 total;

- DT # 95 Jeff Owens, So., 6-3, 290 - 8 solo tackles, 1 assist, 9 total;

- DE # 99 Charles Johnson, Jr., 6-2, 270 - 7 solo tackles, 2 assist, 9 total; and,

- DE # 94 Quentin Moses, Sr., 6-5, 257 - one of the best defensive ends in the nation.


Punter - # 95 Gordon Ely-Kelso, Sr. - 14 punts, 45.8 ave, long 55 - 3rd best in SEC;

Punt Return - # 27 Mikey Henderson, Jr. - 6 returns for 172 yards, 28.7 ave;

PL Kicker - # 96 Brandon Coutu, Jr. 7-8 FG - 13-13 PAT, tied for 2nd in SEC scoring average per game - 8.5 points; and,

KO Return - # 20 Thomas Brown, Jr. - 6 returns for 152y, 25.3 ave.

THOUGHTS - A former Rebel player, Jon Fabris, is the defensive ends coach at Georgia. Rebels must not turn the ball over, they must get some breaks and play extremely well to have a chance to win. Maybe Georgia will be looking past Ole Miss to their game with Tennessee next week.

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