5. How much will Joe Cox play this Saturday?
There is a chance Cox could replace starter Joe Tereshinski before next weekend’s critical match up with South Carolina, but that likelihood is very, very small. Tereshinski would have to self destruct, and that does not seem probable against the likes of Western Kentucky. With that in mind, how much does Mark Richt allow Joe Cox, the number two quarterback on the depth chart, to play? Look for Cox to get at least two series and as many as five (because of the level of the opponent). The quarterback position is still on, but Cox is going to have to play awesomely if he wants to win the starting job in the not-too-distant future.
4. Is Georgia’s defense noticeably faster this season?
That’s a simple answer for me – yes. The Bulldogs are unquestionably faster this year than last. It’s hard to know if that will be obvious after nine months of layoff. Replacing hard-hitting Greg Blue with Kelin Johnson is perhaps the most notable change, but the changes at corner also reveal more speed. Paul Oliver is faster than DeMario Minter, but just as physical. Tim Jennings might be faster than Ramarcus Brown, but not by much if at all (Jennings is certainly “quicker” however).
3. How many freshmen will play this Saturday?
At least a few have already been named: Prince Miller, Asher Allen, Darious Dewberry and Kris Durham. A few will have to wait until this weekend for their fate to be determined. Matthew Stafford is the biggest question mark. Will Mark Richt throw Stafford out there and start the process of burning his first season in Athens even though he is the number three quarterback? Other freshmen on the fence for this Saturday include Chris Davis (the best-looking freshman offensive lineman), Brandon Wood (highly-touted defensive end who is behind some real talent in 2006) and Reshad Jones (a talented safety who might get his chance this Saturday on special teams).
2. Just how good is Thomas Brown?
There has been much written about Georgia’s top three running backs and the influence they will have on Georgia’s offense this fall. As formidable as Kregg Lumpkin and Danny Ware have been over the last two years, Brown will be the feature back this fall. Brown had an excellent fall camp which distanced him from his backfield competitors. Brown is looking to have longer runs this fall. His body is actually in better condition this fall, which is astounding considering how well he was put together last fall. Expect to be very pleased with Brown’s performance against Western Kentucky.
1. How will Joe Tereshinski play after a very long off-season of question marks surrounding the quarterbacks?
Expect Tereshinski to have a better-than-expected performance against Western Kentucky, but it does not seem that he will be spectacular. D.J. Shockley’s explosion against Boise State last season set the bar very high for season-opening starters at quarterback. Tereshinski won’t have those numbers, but look for him to have a steady day. The most interesting dynamic of the day will be the crowd’s reaction to Tereshinski’s performance. Will Georgia fans be ready to dismiss Tereshinski in favor of a younger quarterback after the first game?