Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Texas A&M vs. Georgia

Bulldogs' ground game could be the difference in the Independence Bowl.

Texas A&M offense vs. Georgia defense
• DTs Geno Atkins, Jeff Owens and Kade Weston are capable of clogging up the middle working against Texas A&M's interior offensive linemen. The Bulldogs' ability to control the line of scrimmage means MLB Marcus Dowtin can step up in the hole instead of fighting off blocks at the second level. With RBs Cyrus Gray and Christine Michael struggling to find room to work between the tackles, Georgia's perimeter defenders will be able to lock on QB Jerrod Johnson when the Aggies go to their read-option package. The Dawgs must take advantage and stay disciplined because Johnson can break off long runs when he sees the defense collapse on the back.

• Georgia did not renew the contract of defensive coordinator Willie Martinez, and he's decided not to coach in this game. It's unclear if the Bulldogs will continue to show the same tendencies with Martinez moving on, so Johnson has to be prepared for a number of different looks. In addition, Georgia's front four, led by DE Justin Houston, is capable of pressuring Johnson on five- to seven-step drops. On the other hand, Johnson is capable of picking apart a Bulldogs secondary that has been caught out of position far too often when he gets good protection or buys time with his legs. He has a strong arm and Georgia will have a difficult time matching up with his underrated receiving corps.



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