JD’s 5 keys to a victory
by Jeff Dantzler
1. Contain Wallace – For the first time in four years, the Rebels have a legitimate
threat at quarterback. Bo Wallace can run and throw with lethal efficiency. He
also has a 25-yard touchdown reception on a throwback in the Rebels win over
Auburn. Clearly, getting after the quarterback is essential any time out. That goes
double for Wallace. He’s one of those quarterbacks who is even more dangerous
when he breaks contain. Georgia’s defensive ends will have to be at their best. Wallace
has some real “slipperies” to throw to. When he’s free-lancing and those fast
backs and receivers are coming back to the ball, Ole Miss has big play potency.
2. Keep Scott in Check – Gap control is the most important technical aspect
of keeping a fast, small back. Scott is little, at 5-7, 170. And you know the story with
the little backs. They can hide behind those big giant offensive linemen and pick their
holes. Next thing you know, the scatback is in the second or third level of the defense.
The Bulldogs defense must be physical with Scott, and make sure they get him on the
ground. He’s a guy you have to circle, because Ole Miss can incorporate Scott into
the passing game or use on misdirection. He was more involved with the return game
last season, but don’t be surprised if the Rebels have him on a kickoff or two as well.
3. Avoid Secondary Breakdowns – The Rebels offense is light years from
where it was the last few years. They just flat out couldn’t score. Well now they can.
Georgia’s secondary, which has given up a bunch of big pass plays this year has to be
on point and at the top of their game. Wallace can freelance and his fast receivers do
an excellent job of finding holes in the secondary. Because of Wallace’s running ability,
Georgia figures to be in a zone for most of the game. The Bulldogs safeties must
remember the name of their position and not let the Rebels run by them – especially
4. Hammer Away with Gurley and Co. – When Georgia runs the ball strong,
the Bulldogs are tough to beat. When this Georgia team has been at its best, the running
game has been rolling. The Dogs have an impressive array of backs, headlined
by Heisman good Todd Gurley. He is the total package. Keith Marshall can hit the
seam and go. Ken Malcome is physical and strong. The Rebels are improved on defense
as well. But Georgia should be able to grind out a strong running attack against
the Rebels and set up big passing plays off of play-action.
5. Sound Special Teams – A Bulldog bug-a-boo too many times, Georgia has
to get this right to beat the Rebels and run the table through November. Ole Miss is
dangerous in the return game, and the Bulldogs must be “head’s up” for fake punts,
field goals, or extra points, as first year coach Hugh Freeze – with nothing to lose –
could try and make a mark with some trickery. It’s not like Georgia can flip a switch
and suddenly become great in the kicking game, but the Bulldogs can certainly grow
sound and stable in each facet, establishing special teams as a potential strength the
rest of the way and on into the future.