While the Commodores struggle to run the football (ranking seventh in the SEC and 64th in the country), Georgia’s running game just keeps getting better. The Bulldogs scrapped some of their lateral runs in the second half against Tennessee and had 120 second-half rushing yards going mainly straight at the Volunteers. Look for more of that today.
Jay Cutler was the coaches’ choice for All-SEC quarterback in the preseason, and Mark Richt will volunteer that he voted for him. Cutler, a senior, is a better pure passer than D.J. Shockley and is almost as athletic and mobile. The difference is Shockley has more weapons and will have more time to throw.
Vandy defensive end Herdley Harrison is a talented speed rusher off the end, and linebacker Moses Osemwegie and safety Kelechi Ohanaja are big hitters. They are about all the ‘Dores have, though. They rank 10th in the SEC in yards allowed. Georgia ranks fourth and 13th in the country.
Freshman Bryant Hahnfeldt has taken over all the Commodores’ kicking and is second in the league in field goals per game (1.67) and third in punting (42.6). The Bulldogs’ edge comes from its punt return team. Thomas Flowers took over the SEC lead (15.8 ypr) with his 54-yard touchdown run against the Vols.