Ole Miss Week: Legge's Five Questions
Kregg Lumpkin
Kregg Lumpkin
Posted Sep 25, 2006

ATHENS – Dean Legge takes a look at the top five questions for Georgia’s game with Ole Miss.

5. Will the Georgia defense be able to handle Brent Schaefer's running?

Of all the questions this week this is the one Bulldog fans should feel most at ease about. The West Virginia-style offense (using the QB as a featured running back) has burned Georgia over the years. The Dawgs have struggled with option football whenever they face it. Good for them Ole Miss is not an option team. However, the Rebels do have one of the top scrambling quarterbacks in the SEC. Georgia must contain Schaefer, who is a pocket passer, and not allow him to blister them for long runs. Schaefer, in fact, may be replaced by his backup, according to Ole Miss' head coach.

4. Will Georgia play down to the level of Ole Miss?

The Rebels are not a good football team, but Colorado’s record indicated the same, and the Bulldogs struggled with them. Georgia should beat the Rebels going away, but they need the offense, which has been shaky all season long, to improve.

3. When are Georgia’s receivers going to wake up?

They may not. It was high time for a pass catcher to make a play when Martrez Milner caught the game-winner Saturday. Milner has struggled his entire career to catch passes, but made the play when needed against Colorado. Georgia’s wide receivers need to wake up – now. Opponents know Georgia’s receivers are inconsistent at best. They also know they can get away with one-on-one coverage because, after all, even if their cornerbacks get beat there is a pretty good chance Georgia’s receivers are just going to drop it anyway. Mohamed Massaquoi and Kris Durham, the team’s best ball catchers, both had drops Saturday. These mistakes have gone on far too long. It is high time the Dawgs’ receivers step up and make plays. Until the receivers start doing something – anything – Georgia is going to struggle on offense.

2. When will Georgia’s running game show up?

This was supposed to be the strength of the Bulldogs this season – not so; at least not so far. Thomas Brown, who dominated fall camp, has been atrocious so far this season. Brown had only three carries against Colorado, and is only making an impact on special teams. Danny Ware has had a solid season so far, but had a costly fumble Saturday, which has been his Achilles heel during his career. Kregg Lumpkin has been the steadiest of all the Georgia running backs. None, however, have broken a long run for a touchdown. It’s high time for Georgia’s running game to get consistent, particularly because the meat of the schedule is coming fast.

1. Who will start at quarterback?

Joe Cox or Matthew Stafford – one of those two will start, but which one? Stafford has the physical skills needed to win championships, but his play has been spotty. Cox is prone to interceptions, but had none Saturday when he guided Georgia to a come-from-behind win. If one of these two players wants to start after Joe Tereshinski returns from injury they had better start locking the position down now.

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