Chris Burnette on the Gamecocks:
"We faced those guys last year, so we know what kind of speed they have off the ball and their ability to make big plays," Bulldogs junior guard Chris Burnette said. "We understand the impact they can have on the game, so we're going to try to do something to thwart that."
Burnette, the only offensive lineman Georgia coaches made available to the media this week, believes his front has to be aggressive in passing situations to prevent Clowney and Taylor from jumping up to bat passes. Taylor is 6-foot-8 and 267 pounds and has earned All-SEC honors each of the past two seasons.
Saturday will be a gargantuan test for Georgia freshman right tackle John Theus, whose first career road game at Missouri last month contained three false-start penalties and two sacks allowed.
"I'm going to make sure he stays calm and not get overly hyped up," Burnette said, "because it's easy to get overly hyped up on the road, especially against a good defensive line. We're going to try and stick together and communicate and do the best we can."
[Times Free Press]
I’m thinking you’ll see our safeties much closer to the line this week, daring Spurrier to throw (I can’t believe I just typed that) and trying to contain the SC ground game (which includes the dangerous Shaw). It’s hard to believe that this week will be a tougher challenge for our CBs, but it may very well be as they won’t be afforded the same consistent safety help they were last week.
Look for SC to grind out Lattimore and test our defensive front early and often. After the success UT had against us, I fully expect to see more than our share of zone reads although John Jenkins makes that play much, mugh tougher to run.
Look for a big game from: Alec Ogletree. He missed last year’s game injured and would’ve been a huge help in slowing the ground game, particularly late. Ogletree is a great player attacking the line of scrimmage and in coverage and this game could be a real opportunity for him to have the kind of game that starts to get the national guys buzzing, a la Jarvis in the other Columbia.
Key to the game: Obviously stopping Lattimore is huge but I think the key to the game is going to be how well our secondary handles the passing game. Spurrier has always been known as a passing game genius and will have a few tricks up his sleeve. With our D so keyed on Lattimore, I’d expect we see him take some shots down field against the favorable coverages Shaw is likely to see, if for no other reason than to peel our safeties back. We’ve struggled some with big plays down field so far and Patterson flat dropped a TD pass last week.
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On Murray's 2-7 record against ranked teams:
An examination of Murray’s performance in those seven losses to ranked teams show that he is only at fault for some of the losses. One that is often pointed to is last year’s 45-42 loss to South Carolina, when Murray struggled with turnovers, including a fumble in the fourth quarter that led to the decisive score.
But that game also goes back to Richt’s point about a quarterback proving himself in a losing effort.
Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo thinks Murray’s performance against South Carolina last year spurred his improvement. In fact, Bobo said he saw it from Murray while the game was actually being played.
“He’s got a lot more confidence in himself and the players around him,” Bobo said. “In that game I think you could see the confidence starting to develop in him and those young receivers. Even though we lost that game and losing is no fun, I think that gave us a little spark offensively to start that run last year.”
Gamecocks and Bulldogs have similar concerns:
CFBZ: After five games, what areas do you see as the weakest parts of the Gamecocks overall game?
Leftover Hot Dog: I think the special teams unit can improve, especially in the kicking game. Need the punter to be consistent and need the kicker to make everything inside 45 yards. Another area that needs to improve is just the Gamecocks, as a whole, coming out of the gate to start a game with determination and having that result in playing a complete game. I think, after five games, we have not seen the Gamecocks 100% and give 100%. Now that the squad is entering a hard part of the schedule, it is time to step up the level of playing.
CFBZ: What concerns you the most about the Georgia game?
Leftover Hot Dog: Having USC come out strong to start the game is a concern due to the fact that the Kentucky game scared me as the Gamecocks were slow out of the gate and it almost cost them the win. That can not happen versus the Bulldogs and UGa is too good to mount a comeback on from a deep hole. I also want to see the USC offensive line and how they respond to the UGa defensive front. This will be the best defensive front the Gamecocks have faced all year and the outcome of the game will be determined on how USC’s OL plays against the UGa DL.
[Leftover Hot Dog]
SEC should schedule 9 conference games:
1. If all the other major conferences are playing more games against big-name foes than SEC teams do, the anti-SEC bias of some on a selection committee could/would use that against the league to make sure Mike Slive’s league would not get two teams in a playoff.
2. If a selection committee didn’t force the SEC’s hand, ESPN might. When the SEC Network launches in late-summer 2014, you can bet more subscribers will demand access if the games being shown are Auburn-Florida or Georgia-Texas A&M rather than LSU-Idaho or Tennessee-Akron.
3. If SEC schools want fans to fill up stadiums again (and we’re talking turnstile attendance, not tickets sold), they need to book better nonconference foes. The SEC’s early season slate has been peppered with FCS opponents and traditional patsies. Yes, all leagues do this to an extent, but you won’t find many schools with non-league schedules like this: Jackson State, Troy, South Alabama, and MTSU. Mississippi State fans will tell you that they sold out all its home games, but it must be noted that MSU also plays in a stadium that seats about half as many people (55,000) as several SEC stadiums.
Gotta love New Orleans:
Jason Cantrell, 43, assistant city attorney, was issued a summons for simple possession of marijuana on Monday afternoon after a marijuana cigarette fell to the floor in Orleans Parish magistrate court, New Orleans Police spokesman Frank Robertson said.
"Jason Cantrell is suspended without pay pending further investigation," Ryan Berni, a spokesman for New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, said on Wednesday. "He was not acting in his capacity as assistant city attorney when the incident occurred."
[Southern Fried Sports]
Green-Beckham, linebacker Torey Boozer and receiver Levi Copelin, all freshmen, were arrested for marijuana possession and will be suspended for one game, according to a report in The Maneater, Missouri's student paper. Missouri plays Vanderbilt on Saturday.
According to a report, the three were found in a white Lincoln Navigator (that's a detail that might draw some attention from reporters) in a parking lot just south of Memorial Stadium. The players were arrested on charges of possession of 35 grams or less of marijuana:
"The officer noticed the individuals sitting in a car and went up and made contact," MU Police Department spokesman Brian Weimer told The Maneater. "The officer observed the odor of marijuana. Through the investigation, the officer made the arrest of three individuals."
Feeling voyeuristic today? Take a look at John L Smith's personal finances. By the way he owes $40 million rather than the originally reported $20 million.
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