Key Three: Georgia

In this new feature, each week Gamecock Anthem will break down three players to watch from the opposing team. This week, check out three Georgia athletes that the Gamecocks need to hold in check Saturday night in the SEC opener.

Three Key Georgia Players to Watch
QB Aaron Murray – 6-1, 211 - SO-1L - Tampa, Fla.
Quick Hitter: Considered by some to be the best quarterback in the conference, Murray is looking to build on a big redshirt freshman season at Georgia when he started all 13 games completing 209-of-342 passes for a UGA freshman record 3,049 yards (second in SEC history by a freshman) and 24 TDs with eight INTs. Murray can hurt defenses with a big arm when he's given time by his offensive line and has also shown the ability to use his legs at times to make plays. Murray doesn't have top target A.J. Green anymore (Green wasn't available for the South Carolina-Georgia game last year either) but is capable of shredding a defense anyway when he gets in a rhythm.

Gamecocks must... get Georgia "behind schedule" as Ellis Johnson would say and pressure Murray. Behind schedule means Georgia isn't getting the necessary yardage on early downs to keep a fast Gamecock defense honest on later downs. Murray was sacked six times by Boise State last week and was pressured all night. The Gamecocks will have to do the same Saturday night to hold Murray in check.
WR Orson Charles - 6-3, 241 - JR-2L - Tampa, Fla.
Quick Hitter: Despite a wealth of talent, Charles maybe hasn't put up the huge numbers some expected to this point in his career. The athletic tight end caught 26 passes for 422 yards and a couple of touchdowns last season. But with Green no longer around, Charles figures to be the focal point of this offense, at least early in the season, and got off to a nice start to the year with six grabs for 109 yards last week. The Pre-season All-SEC first-teamer looks poised to have his best year as a Bulldog.

Gamecocks must... play assignment football and tackle in the open field. Charles will probably get his catches. The South Carolina defense probably can't afford to put an extra man on the tight end. But the Gamecocks will need to keep account of the talented tight end on every play and keep him from breaking the long one, which he's definitely capable of doing.
CB/KR/WR Brandon Boykin - 5-10, 183 - SR-3L - Fayetteville, Ga.
Quick Hitter: Gamecock fans need no introduction to Boykin. Boykin torched South Carolina for 187 kickoff return yards in Georgia's victory in Athens in 2009. Boykin must like playing the Gamecocks as he recorded a season-high seven tackles on defense in Columbia last season. Boykin will start at cornerback for the Dawgs but it's his ability with the football that makes him the most dangerous returner in the conference. Boykin got his first career carry last weekend and promplty took it 80 yards to the house -- he also had a 44 yard return that he was one move away from breaking.

Gamecocks must... be VERY smart. New special teams coordinator John Butler had a solid start to his time at South Carolina in the Gamecocks' win over ECU. But he can really make his money this week. We'll see how confident Butler is in his unit early on. Will the Gamecocks kick to Boykin or will they choose to give up field position by kicking away from him?
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