3 & OUT: UGA vs. UK Edition
During game week the staff at Dawg News Daily previews the matchup between the Bulldogs and their opponent. We focus in on 3 key positions or players that will be the difference makers in Saturdays game..
The Dawgs are coming off a shocking double-OT loss to South Carolina. The loss rang loud in Bulldog nation as fans have now come to question play-caller James Coley and even Head Coach Kirby Smart. Losing as a 24 point favorite will do that! The Bulldogs looked flat against the Gamecocks and honestly looked to just "out-talent" Carolina. Well, Will Muschamp in Company came to Athens with a good game plan and Jake Fromm had his worse game as a Bulldog (3 INT, 1 Fumble). The game against Kentucky couldn't come at a better time. The Bulldogs and their fans are looking to get the bad taste out of their mouths.
DAWG NEWS DAILY'S 3 & OUT REPORT:
1) Offensive Line: Georgia has the most talented offensive line in the country. Notice I didn't say the best. It takes time for groups to gel together and with the injuries to Isaiah Wilson and Solomon Kindley the past few weeks and now Justin Shaffer out for a few weeks. The bulldogs will be looking to the backups. Georgia will face 8 and 9 in -the-box defenses the rest of the season and the Dawgs will need to run the ball on obvious run downs. Also as we noted in previous weeks, UGA showed some weaknesses against twists and stunts up front during pass downs. The O-line will have a test against the Wildcats as the weather looks to be wet! UK will obviously load up against the run since passing may be troubling Saturday night. Center Trey Hill will need to work on his snaps. Several times on Saturday, Trey struggled with the snap leaving Fromm to pick the ball up off the ground or jumping up to snatch it out of the air. these kinds of snaps can disrupt timing in the pass game. This week at practice UGA's O-line were working on some different formations and plays that we have yet to see this season. It will be interesting to see how the Dawgs attack the teeth of the South Carolina Defense on the ground .
2) JAKE FROMM: Jake Fromm had his worst game as a Bulldog last Saturday. He completed 28 of 51 passes for 295 yds. Not only were the # of pass attempts a career high and a rare sight. Fromm had 3 interceptions along with a fumbled snap. Fromm likes to work the sidelines during the passing game. We reviewed several plays in the 4th qtr and overtime last week, that Fromm missed wide open teammates that would of secured a 1st down or even a touchdown. Instead of scanning the field, It seemed Fromm knew where he was going with the ball before the snap. We're not sure Fromm will get many attempts this week due to weather, but we are interested in seeing how Jake bounces back.
3) Wide Receivers: The loss of Lawrence Cager looms large for the Bulldogs! Rumor has it he may be out until the Texas A&M game. Cager has been Fromm's go-to receiver so far this season and his loss against the Gamecocks may of been another reason the pass game was unsuccessful. The bulldogs will be facing man defense for the rest of the season as South Carolina showed the rest of the nation that the Bulldog receivers struggle to get separation. Running formations with a "bunch" formation and having players in motion will help receivers at the line of scrimmage from getting jammed. With the weather being a factor this Saturday, look for Quick outs to Robertson, Blaylock, and Simmons. With the loss of Cager, Pickens has risen to the Top Bulldog Receiver! This group will need to work on their craft and the return of Kearis Jackson should be a big help in the slot.