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PFF Matchup: South Carolina at UGA

Georgia (5-0) will take on South Carolina (2-3) in another SEC East battle Saturday in Athens. The Bulldogs are coming off a 43-14 win over the Tennessee Vols as the Gamecocks are coming off of a BYE week following their 24-7 win over Kentucky.

Analyst Trent Smallwood uses Pro Football Focus (PFF) season grades to compare each unit for the upcoming game at 12:00 on Saturday afternoon.

Georgia Passing Game vs South Carolina Defensive Backs
Georgia OFF Grade South Carolina DEF Grade

WIDE RECEIVER

Demetris Robertson

Dominick Blaylock

George Pickens

Lawrence Cager


81.9

76.7

75.4

72.7

CORNERBACK

Jammie Robinson

Israel Mukuamu

Jaycee Horn

John Dixon


68.0

67.9

67.9

65.8

QB AND TIGHT END

Jake Fromm

Eli Wolf

Charlie Woerner


93.7

69.5

58.4

SAFETY

Jammie Robinson

R.J. Roderick

J.T. Ibe


68.0

67.5

57.0

Coming into this year the receiver position was an uncertainty for the Georgia Bulldogs. Through five games, that position could be labeled as a strength. The receiving core only had three drops on the season and those were Jaylen Johnson, Tyler Simmons and Matt Landers.

Lawrence Cager is the leading receiver for the Bulldogs. He has been targeted 18 times and hauled in 15 of those (83.3%) for 197 yards and three touchdowns. True freshman George Pickens has caught 12 of his 21 targets (57.1%) for 185 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Another true freshman Dominick Blaylock has been targeted 11 times, hauling in nine receptions (81,8%) for 179 yards and two touchdowns. Also playing in the slot is Demetris Robertson, who has caught 12 of his 13 attempts (92.3%) for 153 yards and two touchdowns. These are really the four go-to guys for Jake Fromm in this offense.

Speaking of Fromm, the junior quarterback has been phenomenal. He has completed 79-of-87 passes (91%) that have traveled up to 20 yards. Fromm is completing 70% of his passes when blitzed while tossing four touchdowns in that scenario. He has also only been sacked once this season.

This is a tough match-up for this South Carolina secondary. Cornerback Israel Mukuamu has been targeted 25 times, allowing 16 receptions (64%) for 227 yards and a touchdown. Jaycee Horn has allowed 12 catches in 22 attempts (54.5%) for 210 yards and two touchdowns. Jammie Robinson has arguably been the best against the passing game only allowed five receptions in 20 targets (25%).

Georgia Running Game vs South Carolina Front 7
Georgia OFF Grade South Carolina DEF Grade

OFFENSIVE TACKLE

LT- Andrew Thomas

RT- Jamaree Salyer

RT- Isaiah Wilson


91.2

88.3

69.0

EDGE

OLB- D.J. Wonnum

OLB- Daniel Fennell

DE- Kingsley Enagbare


68.2

64.5

61.9

INTERIOR LINE

RG- Ben Cleveland

LG- Solomon Kindley

RG- Cade Mays

OC- Trey Hill


83.3

80.5

72.1

70.7

INTERIOR LINE

DT- Javon Kinlaw

DE- Zaach Pickens

DE- Aaron Sterling

DT- Kobe Smith


89.8

77.4

77.4

68.8

RUNNING BACK

Zamir White

Brian Herrien

D'Andre Swift


81.3

80.5

79.7

INSIDE LINEBACKER

Sherrod Greene

Ernest Jones

T.J. Brunson


75.5

69.0

65.9

Georgia has been labeled as the best offensive line in the country and the group has not disappointed. The bunch is led by junior left tackle Andrew Thomas. Thomas has only allowed one QB hurry in 124 pass blocking opportunities. Right tackle Isaiah Wilson has allowed two QB hurries in 75 chances. Offensive guards Ben Cleveland (3), Cade Mays (2), and Solomon Kindley (1) have allowed a total of six on the season. Center Trey Hill has surrendered the only sack allowed on the season.

The group is very good in run blocking as well. Thomas holds a run blocking grade of 90.8. Cleveland has also been really good in the run game posting a 86.2 grade while fellow offensive guard Solomon is posts a 87.8 grade.

Georgia has four running backs in Zamir White, D'Andre Swift, Brian Herrien and James Cook that are an explosive group to keep contained.

Gamecock defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw will look to break through that talented Bulldogs offensive line. Kinlaw leads the team in QB pressures with 19. He has four sacks on the season and has been a nightmare for opposing quarterbacks. Aaron Sterling has also been really good against the pass. He also has four sacks on the season and 14 total QB pressures. D.J. Wonnum will line up on the edge where he has tallied three sacks and seven QB pressures through five games.

Kinlaw (80.2 RDEF), Sterling (76.1 RDEF) and Kobe Smith (72.4 RDEF) will really be tested against this Bulldogs run game. Depth is also an issue for a Gamecocks team that rotates about six guys on that front.

South Carolina Passing Game vs Georgia Defensive Backs
South Carolina OFF Grade Georgia Def Grade

WIDE RECEIVER

Bryan Edwards

Shi Smith

Josh Vann

OrTre Smith


71.4

62.3

53.6

52.2

CORNERBACK

Eric Stokes

Tyson Campbell

Mark Webb

Divaad Wilson


82.7

77.1

74.2

62.5

QB AND TIGHT END

TE- Kyle Markway

QB- Ryan Hillinski

TE- Chandler Farrell


64.8

57.3

48.9

SAFETY

JR Reed

Richard LeCounte

Otis Reese


79.4

67.0

57.2

Wide receiver Bryan Edwards is the go-to guy for the Gamecocks. He has been targeted 48 times this season, hauling in 27 passes (56.3%) for 348 yards and three touchdowns. South Carolina also looks to it's tight end Kyle Markway a lot in the passing game. Markway has hauled in 14 of his 23 targets (60.9%) for 172 yards and two touchdowns. Shi Smith has caught 18 of his 29 attempts (62.1%) for 220 yards and a touchdown.

Edwards will likely draw a match-up with star Georgia cornerback Eric Stokes. Stokes has only allowed 10 receptions on 24 targets (41.7%) for 67 yards. It does not get any easier on the other side if Tyson Campbell is able to go. The sophomore has only allowed two receptions on nine targets (22.2%) for 19 yards. If Campbell can't go due to injury, D.J Daniel will likely get the start again. Once a Gamecock commit, Daniel has allowed five catches in 11 attempts (45.5%) for 77 yards.

South Carolina will need to pick on the Bulldogs safeties in the passing game with it's tight end and running backs to have success on Saturday in Athens.

In order for the Gamecocks to have that success, quarterback Ryan Hillinski will have to play lights out. The true freshman quarterback has only completed 11 of his 34 passes (32.4%) when under pressure. He has also only completed 3-of-16 passes over 20 yards on the season.

South Carolina Running Game vs Georgia Front 7
South Carolina OFF Grade Georgia DEF Grade

OFFENSIVE TACKLE

LT- Sadarius Hutcherson

RT- Dylan Wonnum

RT- Eric Douglas


66.6

60.9

53.1

EDGE

Azeez Ojulari

Nolan Smith

Jermaine Johnson


74.3

71.1

69.7

INTERIOR LINE

OG- Jovaughn Gwyn

OC- Donnell Stanley

OG- Jordan Rhodes

OC- Hank Manos


64.5

60.7

58.2

28.7

INTERIOR LINE

DE- Malik Herring

DT- Devonte Wyatt

DT- Tyler Clark

NG- Jordan Davis


82.3

77.2

76.0

67.7

RUNNING BACK

Kevin Harris

Tavien Feaster

Rico Dowdle


97.1

83.1

77.4

INSIDE LINEBACKER

Nakobe Dean

Monty Rice

Tae Crowder


71.8

70.3

59.5

For the Gamecocks, outside of Sadarius Hutchinson (66.6 RBLK), the unit has really struggled blocking up front. Donnell Stanley is the center for the South Carolina offense and he holds a 55.5 RBLK grade. Jordan Rhodes also struggles in the running game with a 58.8 RBLK grade.

The Georgia defense has a very good opportunity to get some push in the middle. Devonte Wyatt leads the Bulldogs interior defensive line with a 79.9 RDEF grade. Tyler Clark is right behind with a 79.0 followed by defensive end Malik Herring with a 78.3. Jordan Davis is the anchor in the middle with a 74.5 RDEF grade.

The Gamecock offensive line will also have it's hands full in blocking for the passing game. Dylan Wonnum and Hutcherson have combined to allow 17 QB pressures this season. Georgia redshirt freshman outside linebacker Azeez Ojulari already has 16 quarterback pressures and four sacks on the season. True freshman Nolan Smith also had nine QB pressures and three sacks through five games.

Defensive tackles Wyatt (15 pressures) and Clark (8 pressures) have been very good at getting penetration in the middle of offensive lines. Look for these two guys to have a big game on Saturday afternoon.

Head to Head Grades
Georgia Grade (Natl Rank) South Carolina Grade (Natl Rank)

TOTAL OFFENSE

94.7 (1st)

TOTAL DEFENSE

84.4 (37th)

PASS OFFENSE

92.6 (1st)

COVERAGE

73.4 (70th)

RUSH OFFENSE

88.6 (6th)

RUSH DEFENSE

85.7 (29th)

PASS BLOCKING

77.7 (23rd)

PASS RUSH

79.3 (36th)

RUN BLOCKING

88.2 (1st)

TACKLING

71.4 (64th)

TOTAL DEFENSE

92.0 (7th)

TOTAL OFFENSE

66.6 (98th)

COVERAGE

92.5 (4th)

PASS OFFENSE

49.8 (172nd)

RUSH DEFENSE

88.6 (17th)

RUSH OFFENSE

92.2 (2nd)

PASS RUSH

79.6 (34th)

PASS BLOCKING

55.4 (131st)

TACKLING

84.1 (9th)

RUN BLOCKING

56.1 (128th)

SPECIAL TEAMS

86.0 (19th)

SPECIAL TEAMS

79.9 (38th)

OVERALL

98.0 (2nd)

OVERALL

83.1 (52nd)