A UGA's perspective on the MU-UGA game
Posted on: June 21, 2012 at 11:10:16 CT
MU on defense will want to contain the UGA passing game. I think you struggled with passing teams some last year and the coaches will concentrate on shoring that up this off season. Since UGA uses a lot of PA passes and shotgun formations MU will want outside pressure on UGA QB's. DE's will be sent hard, and some outside LB blitzes and DB blitzes even. I fugure they will want to clog the middle to disrupt blocking schemes on the run game, so a LB with his hand on the ground might be a common sight.
MU offensively will want to throw the ball to protect a still tender shoulder on Franklin. If he runs, he gets hit, if he gets hit, he could get hurt...he is too valuable to get hurt. Shorter passes rule the day. Lucas & Moe will be getting a lot of 10-20 out or 10-20 in routes for posession mixed in with the occasional option or counter plays to keep the front seven honest. Stay underneath and take what you can. If he is throwing well, then MU will go downfild more. MU stays with the traditional Pinkle offense and tries to air a little more than run.
UGA offensively will want to run the ball (RTDB). Straight ahead run plays coming right at you. Offensively they will want to make a statement for the game by running right at MU's front seven and challenging them. UGA will use play action passes, and mix in deep balls to balance things out, but they will want to establish a run game. Crowell will get the start and if he carries well, he will be fed the ball. The rotation is deep at RB and if the run game gets established with play action and post routes, the RB rotation will be kept in fresh legs for four quarters. But UGA will want to pound the rock.
Defensively UGA has a front seven that is complete. Look for the 3 man front to alternant betwee 3 men and 4 with the occasional OLB to put his hand in the dirt. They will want the NG to take on two or even three blockers to disrupt any pass protection or run block schemes...this would free up the additional DE/OLB to rush the QB and put him under duress. UGA figures the DB's match up pretty well with most WR's and can disrupt routes, and break up the pass before it is caught. They want to keep the QB's head on a swivel with consecutive QB knockdowns, sacks and pressures.
This is an "OTA" perspective that is about as objective as I can be without being a homer. Just what "I THINK" both teams want to do.