Three keys revisited

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Posted Sep 26, 2005


ATHENS - Josh Kendall's review of the three keys to a Georgia win over Mississippi State.

No more messing around

The Bulldogs’ offense started quickly against Mississippi State, which is a good thing because it didn’t finish that way. The biggest drive of the game probably was Georgia’s first when it answered a MSU field goal with an 80-yard touchdown march.

Beat man coverage

Twelve Bulldogs caught passes against a Mississippi State defense that plays predominantly man-to-man, and that number could have been higher if quarterback D.J. Shockley had been more accurate.

Get home healthy

Despite a scary moment when Gerald Anderson was helped off the field after being knocked unconscious briefly, Georgia survived OK Saturday. Anderson is expected to play Oct. 8 against Tennessee, and only backup defensive end Jeremy Lomax (ankle) is doubtful at this point.

Notable: The time for the Oct. 8 Tennessee game could be set today. The game most likely will be played at 3:30 p.m., but it’s possible that CBS will exercise one of its six-day options this week in order to see who wins tonight’s Tennessee-LSU game. If that’s the case, the Georgia game won’t get a time slot until Oct. 3. ... The Bulldogs won’t practice today. They’ll return to the practice field Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and Coach Mark Richt hopes to begin installing the game plan for the Volunteers by Wednesday. “By next Monday, hopefully it’ll all be in and we’ll be able to rep it all four days (next week),” he said. Quotable: “I think we’ll keep our poise. I think we’ll fight hard. I think that will happen. Are we good enough to beat Tennessee? That I don’t know. We’ll have to improve in all areas, but when it comes to fighting a full 60 minutes, I think we’ve proven over the last four or five years we’ll do that.” -- Richt

Injuries: Backup defensive end Jeremy Lomax suffered a high ankle sprain against Mississippi State and is doubtful for the Tennessee game. Gerald Anderson, who suffered a significant concussion, is questionble. The rest of the Bulldogs who were banged up this week -- quarterback D.J. Shockley (bruised knee), defensive tackle Kedric Golston (sprained ankle) and safety Tra Battle (bruised thigh) -- all are expected to practice this week.

Next: at Tennessee, Oct. 8


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