Scouting Report: Georgia

After disappointing home losses in the opening two weeks the Georgia Bulldogs have been on a roll, winning four straight games and topping Mississippi State and Tennessee in recent weeks. Following this week's matchup in Nashville the Bulldogs get a bye week before playing Florida in a matchup that could have big SEC Eastern division implications.

An injury to junior Richard Samuel IV gave freshmen Isaiah Crowell a chance and he has shined since, rushing for 572 yards and four touchdowns. Earning his first start against Coastal Carolina, Crowell rushed for 86 yards and a touchdown. Against Ole Miss he rushed for 147 yards on 30 carries, the highest total of his six game career at Georgia. In the recent matchup against Tennessee, Crowell was held to 58 yards on 19 carries but found the end zone twice.

Sophomore Aaron Murray is fourth in the conference with 1,327 passing yards, 13 touchdowns and six interceptions. He will be without leading receiver freshmen Malcolm Mitchell who has a hamstring injury. In the previous three games Murray has thrown four touchdowns and as many interceptions, and failed to find the end zone in the latest matchup at Tennessee. The Bulldog receiver corps has also been without junior Rantavious Wooten who has been sidelined the past three weeks after suffering a concussion in a car accident. They will try to make do with the second leading receiver, tight end Orson Charles with four touchdowns and 266 yards. Junior receiver Tavarres King has three touchdowns on the year and recently caught five receptions for 51 yards at Tennessee.

The Georgia defense has come together as a unit giving up just two offensive touchdowns in the last four games. Opponents have averaged just 194.5 total yards a game against the Bulldogs since week three against Coastal Carolina. Georgia's rushing defense is second in Southeastern conference play holding opponents to 80.8 yards per game. Teams have had little luck managing to find the end zone on the ground against the Dawgs, who have given up four touchdowns through four SEC games.

In their second loss of the season in most aspects the Bulldogs outplayed South Carolina but a pair of Gamecock defensive touchdowns and fake punt cost them the game in the high scoring shootout.

At Ole Miss the Bulldog defense dominated the Rebels, holding them to just 183 total yards and a single offensive touchdown off a trick play.

In the latest game against Tennessee the Bulldogs rushing defense punished the Volunteers, who had minus 20 rushing yards on the day.

A broken foot suffered by starting inside linebacker Alec Ogletree has given Michael Gilliard an opportunity and he has not disappointed. Gilliard leads the team with 40 tackles, five for a loss, a sack, and a forced fumble. Gilliard has also led the Bulldogs in stops for the past four weeks earning SEC Defensive Player of the Week for his showing against Tennessee. Outside linebacker Cornelius Washington will finish his two-game suspension for a DUI arrest against Vandy. Chase Vasser filled in for Washington against Tennessee and will get most of the snaps with freshmen Ray Drew seeing some playing time as well.

Leading the Bulldog secondary at free safety is junior Bacarri Rambo with four interceptions, 24 tackles, and four passes broken up. At the strong safety spot is Shawn Williams with 28 tackles, a forced fumble, and an interception. Rounding out the secondary at cornerback are Sanders Commings and Brandon Boykin with two combined interceptions and 11 passes broken up. The defense has eight total interceptions on the year.

The focus of the day for Georgia will be shutting the Commodores down early and getting an offense that averages over 400 yards per game to continue rolling without their number one receiver. Vanderbilt doesn't give up many yards on the ground and recently held the league's top two rushers in South Carolina's Marcus Lattimore and Alabama's Trent Richardson to well below their averages. With the Bulldogs missing Mitchell, if Vanderbilt can hold Crowell to a small day and force Murray to make some mistakes in the air, it could boil down to a big play on defense. Top Stories