Justin Scott-Wesley is ready:
“I would hope so,” he said following Monday’s practice. “I’m just going out and working like I’ve always been working. (Wide receivers) Coach (Tony) Ball tells us all the time, ‘You’re one play away from being a starter. You’re one play away from being on the field.’ It’s the same focus I’ve taken since Day 1.”
Even going into games when he knew he was unlikely to play, Scott-Wesley said he watched film and made sure he was prepared. If he had been asked to do the same last season, he admits he would have been in over his head. While he has track-star speed, he had none of the complementary techniques necessary for a Division I receiver. After a year of preparation, Scott-Wesley felt this fall held big things.
That’s been far from the case, though.
“To me, it’s just been a challenge,” he said. “Sometimes it gets frustrating when you feel like you can contribute, but that’s football. It’s a game of life and sometimes things don’t go your way. You just have to wait, pray to God to keep you grounded and just let things pan out.”
Shining stars: Georgia -- QB Aaron Murray. The SEC's Co-Offensive Player of the Week has 21 TD passes this season, 80 in his career. He leads all active SEC players in total offensive yards (8,873), completions (610), TD responsibility (90, which is tied for fifth in SEC history), and passing yards (8,646). But he just lost WR Marlon Brown (27 catches, 469 yards, 4 TDs) to a season-ending knee injury. Auburn -- RB Tre Mason. The 5-10, 198-pound sophomore averages 5.6 yards per carry and has run for five TDs in the past four games. Last week he broke out for a career-high 152 yards on 22 carries.
Who could steal the show: Georgia -- Malcolm Mitchell. The sophomore does it all. At wideout he's caught 26 passes for 358 yards and two scores. He's started three games at corner, and he's returned 11 kickoffs for 236 yards. For the season, Mitchell has spent 178 snaps on defense, 123 on special teams and 122 on offense. Auburn -- QB Wallace. The 6-2 freshman has hit 16 of 26 throws for 297 yards and three TDS, with one INT, and run for 115 yards. He's dangerous on designed keepers. After the offense floundered behind Kiehl Frazier and Clint Moseley, the Tigers have rallied around Wallace.
The game comes down to: The Bulldogs should be able to move the ball at will, even after losing their second key wideout for the year. Freshman Todd Gurley leads SEC running backs with 95.2 rushing yards per game. Auburn, which is minus-4 in turnover margin compared to Georgia's plus-9, must win the turnover battle to keep it close.
Prediction: Georgia 34, Auburn 20
272.0 Passing YPG: 4th in SEC
168.90 Passer Rating: 2nd in SEC
21 TD Passes: 2nd in SEC
95.22 Rushing YPG: 2nd in SEC, 2nd Among Freshmen
10 Rushing TDs: 3rd in SEC, 2nd Among Freshmen
6.21 YPC: 5th in SEC, 4th Among Freshmen
857 Yards: 2nd in SEC, 2nd Among Freshmen
58.6 Receiving YPG: 12th in SEC
4 Receiving TDs: 11th in SEC
61.2 Receiving YPG: 9th in SEC
6 Receiving TDs: 3rd in SEC
20.41 YPC: 1st in SEC
551 Receiving Yards: 9th in SEC
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UGA hosting championships:
The University of Georgia will host the 2014 NCAA Men's & Women's Tennis Championships as well as a 2014 NCAA Gymnastics Regional, according to an announcement from the NCAA on Thursday.
The Dan Magill Tennis Complex has hosted the men's tournament 24 times and the women's event three times, in addition to three combined tournaments for a total of 30, most recently in both 2010 and 2012. The event has been combined since 2006. The Georgia men's tennis team has won six NCAA titles on the men's side - five of which came while playing in Athens. The women claimed the national title in 1994 and 2000 - the former coming at home.
The NCAA has recognized a national champion in men's tennis every year since 1946. It has done so in tournament format since 1977. The first women's championship was held in 1982. The tournaments have undergone some changes since their inceptions, including moving from a 16-team field to the current 64-team field in 1999. The first two rounds are held at on-campus sites, followed by the Round of 16 and beyond at the designated NCAA Championship site.
Rantavious Wooten interview:
The line has fallen slightly:
Don't sleep on the Auburn game:
Auburn was outscored 69-6 in the fourth quarter before the New Mexico State game. It has lost its six conference games by an average of 17.3 points per game and its remaining SEC games are against the teams that are likely to play in the SEC title game: Georgia and top-ranked Alabama.
“Being realistic, we have nothing to lose,” Auburn defensive end Corey Lemonier told the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer about the Georgia game. “To ruin their dreams would make our season.”
The Bulldogs routed Auburn 45-7 last season and are favored by 15 points Saturday.
“Georgia’s got a lot riding on the line, and so I’m sure they’re going to be extremely fired up about what the results of this game could mean for them,” Chizik said.
Richt told his players early into his postgame talk after the Ole Miss win Saturday that Georgia was playing a “fierce rival. We’re going to be at their place and they’re going to be playing out of their minds. They’re going to be playing their tail off. We know we’ve got to get ready. Knowing what’s at stake, I would hope everybody would respect that.”
Washington State players thinking mutiny?
In the past month, Leach has raised eyebrows first by bashing his seniors for their “zombie-like” performance and “empty-corpse quality” and forcing his starting offensive and defensive linemen to leave before fielding media questions for their performance in Saturday’s loss at Utah. In addition, senior WR Marquess Wilson was suspended after walking out of a workout on Sunday.Now there are reports that at halftime of the Utah game, an assistant coach nearly got into an altercation with some of the Wazzu players and that parents are voicing concerns to each other. This comes after Leach was fired at Texas Tech for alleged player abuse.Leach addressed all the rumors at his weekly news conference on Monday by saying, “Our standards are what our standards are. If somehow the standards don’t appeal to one player or another, that’s pretty irrelevant. They’re either onboard or off, and I can live with it either way.”Whether or not the Cougars administration can live with him for a second season is another question.
Saban was misinterpreted:
"I think everybody misinterpreted what I said about no-huddle," he said. "I don't mind playing against no-huddle. We don't mind that at all. That wasn't what I said, it's what you all interpreted it to be.
"I just asked the question, 'Is this what we want the game to become?' That's for you to answer. But that doesn't mean we don't like playing against it. We don't mind playing against it. It is what it is. Our players don't mind playing against it. We played a little bit better against it than when the other team huddled up this past week. That's the worst we've played all year on defense, by far."
Sam is one tough check:
Duwayne Burnside and Kenny Brown - Jumper on the line
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