September 14, 2012

FAU-UGA preview

What: Florida Atlantic (1-1) at Georgia (2-0)

Where: Sanford Stadium

When : Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

TV/Radio: CSS )Matt Stewart, Chris Doering, Angela Mallen). Georgia Bulldog Sports Network from IMG. (Scott Howard, Eric Zeier, Chuck Dowdle, Loran Smith, Charlie McAlexander, Neil Williamson, Jeff Dantzler, Kevin Butler); Sirius/XM 137/200

Players to Watch: Georgia - QB Aaron Murray (6-1, 210, Jr.), RB Ken Malcome (6-0, 224, RSo.), RB Todd Gurley (6-1, 218, Fr.), RB Keith Marshall (5-11, 216, Fr.), LT Kenarious Gates (6-5, 318, Jr.), FLK Tavarres King (6-1, 200, Sr.), SE Marlon Brown (6-5, 216, Sr.), SE Michael Bennett (6-3, 204, RSo.), TE Arthur Lynch (6-5, 258, Jr.), OLB Jarvis Jones (6-3, 241, Jr.), DE Abry Jones (6-3, 308, Sr.), N John Jenkins (6-3, 358, Sr.), ILB Michael Gilliard (6-2, 230, Sr.), ILB Amarlo Herrera (6-2, 245, So.), SS Shawn Williams (6-1, 217, Sr.), S/CB Sanders Commings (6-2, 118, Sr.), K Marshall Morgan (6-3, 201, Fr.). Florida Atlantic University - QB Graham Wilbert (6-6, 225, RSr.), RB Damian Foster (5-10, 200, Jr.), WR Daniel McKinney (6-0, 205, Jr.), WR Marcus Cunningham 6-0, 175, RSo.), LT DeAndre Williams (6-5, 290, RJr.), DT Jimmy Jean (6-2, 290, Sr.), RE Cory Henry (6-3, 238, Jr.), MLB Andrae Kirk (6-2, 235, So.), LB David Hinds (6-2, 234, Sr.), FS Jeremy McKnight (5-10, 180, Jr.), CB Keith Reaser (6-0, 190, Jr.).

Saturday's game

Following Saturday's big win at Missouri in the SEC opener, Georgia hosts Florida Atlantic in its final non-conference title, one of three straight home games which will see the Bulldogs also entertain Vanderbilt and Tennessee.

FAU offense vs. Georgia defense

The biggest offensive strength for Florida Atlantic is its senior quarterback Graham Wilbert. Wilbert is a big, athletic, and accurate signal-caller that has the ability to stand in the pocket or make plays with his feet. The Owls don't call a great deal of designed runs for the 6-foot-6 signal caller, but he scrambles well and can deliver when his name is called. Wilbert's biggest strength is his ability to stand tall and deliver the ball with accuracy. He does so without perfect mechanics and a release that isn't as smooth as you would like. He does, however, deliver the ball from up high, and does a nice job of staying on top of the football. Thus far in 2012, Wilbert has only 10 incompletions through two games.

Key Matchups

• 1. FAU quarterback Graham Wilbert vs Georgia linebackers

• 2. FAU's offensive line vs huge Bulldog defensive front

• 3. FAU's ability to run the ball to keep pressure off of Wilbert

Coach's comment: " Their quarterback (Graham Wilbert) is a tall kid who is very athletic, and they have some very good athletes. They're just a lean, athletic football team and they run very well, which you would expect from a team in South Florida. " - Mark Richt

FAU defense vs. Georgia offense

FAU's leading tackler is linebacker David Hinds. Hinds shows great instincts, and is a solid athlete at the position. He is decent in coverage, and has the speed to play sideline to sideline. He isn't a force when coming down hill, but is a solid tackler and seems to always be around the football. Junior college transfer Adarius Glanton got his first start last Saturday against MTSU, and will draw the start again Saturday against Georgia. Glanton is the most athletic of the Owls' linebackers, but he is also the most raw. He relies on sheer instinct on the field, and has a tendency to over run plays and bite on play action fakes. Two other linebackers that will see the field a lot on Saturday are Randall Johnson and Andrae Kirk. Johnson is a big, athletic outside linebacker that the Owls' use as a pass rusher quite often, and Kirk appears to be FAU's best coverage linebacker on film.

Key Matchups

• 1. Georgia's offensive line vs FAU's defensive front

• 2. Todd Gurley/Ken Malcome/Keith Marshall vs the FAU front seven.

• 3. Outside linebacker Jarvis Jones vs FAU left tackle DeAndre Williams.

Coach's comment: "We have 100 things we need to fix," Pelini said. "I knew when I took this job that that would be the challenge, fixing everything. The way we practice, the way we prepare, the way we work out, the way we conduct our daily lives." - Carl Pelini

Injury update

Georgia has some bumps and bruises, including Jarvis Jones (groin strain), Malcolm Mitchell (ankle), John Jenkins (right shoulder contusion) and Cornelius Washington (hamstring strain), but according to Richt as of Wednesday afternoon nobody was scheduled to miss the game.

Synopsis

Following last week's big game against Missouri, Saturday's contest against FAU figures to be nothing more than a scrimmage for the Bulldogs who then play Vanderbilt, Tennessee and South Carolina before taking a week off prior to traveling to Kentucky on Oct. 10.

Prediction

Not much to say here. Yes, Louisiana-Monroe shocked the college football world when it upset Arkansas last week. The same won't be happening in Athens as the Bulldogs will score often, score early and roll to their easiest win of the year. Prediction - Georgia 55, FAU 6.





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