Arkansas Week: Kendall's look at the game

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Posted Oct 21, 2005


ATHENS - Josh Kendall takes a look at the rushing, passing and special teams for this week's game.

Rushing

Georgia is second in the league in rushing, but it’s a distant second to Arkansas. The Razorbacks have the conference’s best freshman, running back Darren McFadden, and another speedy back in Felix Jones. Both can score from anywhere on the field. The Bulldogs have a very efficient running game but don’t have the same big-play ability. Edge: Arkansas

Passing

As good as Arkansas is running the ball, it’s equally bad throwing it. The Razorbacks are so bad in the passing game, they are considering benching starter Robert Johnson in favor of Alex Mortensen for today’s game. Whoever plays for the Hogs probably will throw most often to 6-foot-6 Marcus Monk, the prettiest pass-catcher in the league. Georgia doesn’t have a go-to receiver yet but has plenty who have gotten the job done.

Edge: Georgia

Defense

Despite a small hiccup against Vanderbilt, Georgia’s defense has to be considered a huge success story this season. The Bulldogs, who will be shorthanded today, are fifth in the nation in scoring defense (12.7 ppg). Arkansas is 99th in the nation (31.3 ppg). Subtracting the 70 points Southern Cal scored against the Razorbacks, they still are giving up 23.6 per game.

Edge: Georgia

Special teams

Both teams have great punt teams. Georgia has given up just 20 yards total on punt returns this year, and Arkansas has given up just 32. The Bulldogs have a slight edge in return men thanks to Thomas Flowers, who leads the SEC with a 16.3 yard per return average. The kickoff game is close to even, too, since Georgia is awful at returning them (11th in SEC) and Arkansas is awful at covering them (12th). The Hogs have the advantage in kickoff returns (3rd in SEC, 9th in country).

Edge: Arkansas


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