The sport between No. 12 Georgia and Missouri that may happen Saturday at Faurot Discipline most likely will not look a complete lot just like the one the Bulldogs and Tigers would have performed in the event that they met a number of weeks in the past.
Georgia was nonetheless attempting to decide on a quarterback, itemizing 4 prospects on the place, earlier than the matchup set for Nov. 14 was postponed due to COVID-19 points throughout the Tigers program. Missouri was nonetheless attempting to get on observe after a lopsided loss at Florida left coach Eli Drinkwitz’s crew 2-3 in his first season.
Almost a month later, J.T. Daniels is entrenched underneath heart for the Bulldogs, whereas the Tigers have ripped off three straight wins, capped by a dramatic comeback victory over Arkansas final weekend.
”Any time you have got a brand new quarterback who’s obtained recreation expertise underneath him, there’s going to be a problem to determining find out how to cease him,” Drinkwitz stated. ”One of many advantages of movie is that you just get to see different individuals attempt issues and determine, ‘OK, that provides him issues. That does not give him issues. This suits into our scheme.’ And there is simply not a whole lot of tape on J.T. We all know he is an incredible expertise at quarterback, so we’ll need to hunt and peck and make changes.”
Daniels put collectively some stable performances at Southern California earlier than tearing his ACL and transferring to Georgia (6-2, all SEC), the place he continued to rehab early this season. And when he was cleared to play in opposition to Mississippi State, he promptly threw for 401 yards and three touchdowns.
He will not be the one hot-handed quarterback on the sector Saturday, although.
One of many largest causes Missouri (5-3) has been on a tear is Connor Bazelak, the redshirt freshman who has been enjoying past his years. He threw for 380 yards in opposition to the Razorbacks and calmly led the Tigers downfield within the closing seconds to arrange Harrison Mevis’ profitable subject aim as time expired.
”I am extraordinarily impressed with the man’s composure, poise, and he will be there for some time,” Georgia coach Kirby Good stated. ”He is aware of coverages – as quickly as he sees a protection, he is aware of the place to go together with the ball. He throws a extremely good deep ball. If you play contested, pressed man all around the subject, he makes the throws they usually make 50-50 catches. If you play zone and also you spot-drop throughout, he is aware of the place to go together with the ball and he completes it.”
Good was equally impressed by Drinkwitz, the front-runner for SEC coach of the yr.
”If you happen to’re not within the excellent name then they’ll get you right here or they’ll get you there,” he stated. ”He’ll be nice for our league as a result of whenever you have a look at what he does, there are going to be individuals copycatting what he does so as to add that to their offense as a result of his historical past at App State was that, his story at NC State was that. He was actually good at creating offense.”
SPEAKING OF OFFENSE
The Bulldogs even have had a while to regulate to new offensive coordinator Jeff Monken, and it has proven in the way in which their offense has hammered Mississippi State and South Carolina the previous couple of weeks.
”He is actually added some explosiveness to it,” Drinkwitz stated.
Georgia punter Jake Camarda was introduced as a finalist for the Ray Man Award, kicker Jack Podlesny for the Lou Groza Award and linebacker Azeez Ojulari for the Bednarik Award. They joined linebackers Monty Rice and Nakobe Dean, who had already been introduced as semifinalists for the Butkus Award.
The Tigers’ Nick Bolton can also be a Bednarik semifinalist, and Mevis is on the brief listing for the Groza.
The forecast for Saturday requires temperatures within the 30s and a combination of rain and sleet.
”Taking part in in chilly climate does not trouble me in any respect. I really feel prefer it’s a mindset,” stated Dean, the Georgia linebacker. ”My senior yr of highschool, we went to the playoffs, so we performed in chilly climate. Three of my final 4 video games, we performed in 36-degree climate with rain.”
Bulldogs heart Trey Hill is out with a meniscus harm, leaving Warren Ericson and Sedrick Van Pran competing for the beginning job. Security Richard LeCounte (concussion and ribs) is unlikely to play regardless of getting some reps in follow this week, although working again Kendall Milton (knee) and nostril sort out Jordan Davis (elbow) must be obtainable.
Missouri defensive finish Tre Williams is now not with the crew, Drinkwitz stated, after he was honored as a part of the crew’s senior day festivities final weekend.
”Tre got here in and had a dialog in regards to the future, about his future with Mizzou soccer, and as of proper now, he is exploring alternatives outdoors of Mizzou soccer,” Drinkwitz stated. ”We want him the best possible in no matter he decides to do along with his future.”
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