Big bark, small bite
Georgia’s offense has struggled in recent weeks, but preseason starter Joe Tereshinski III is healthy and may see playing time on Saturday. Tereshinski, along with Joe Cox and Matthew Stafford, could potentially see the field.
“They’re going to run their offense around their quarterbacks,” coach Phillip Fulmer said.
Fulmer said that it has been easier preparing for these quarterbacks as opposed to the tandem of David Greene and DJ Shockley the Bulldogs have had in the past.
“The upside for us is that they’re all drop back kind of pocket guys. They aren’t extremely different,” Fulmer said.
Fulmer said the defensive line must stop Georgia’s powerful running attack, and the Bulldogs’ talent in the backfield this year is reminiscent of the talent they have had in the past. Georgia has won their last two games against Colorado and Ole Miss by a combined six points.
Aiming for Ainge
Running the ball will be crucial for Tennessee’s offense, which is only averaging 133 yards a game on the ground. Georgia’s front line consists of standout defensive end Quenton Moses, who will be aiming for Ainge all day.
“It will be like Florida, their front is very good, we’ll have to handle them better than Florida, or we’ll have a tough time moving the football,” Fulmer said.
Georgia’s defense has made up for their lack of offense. They come in to the game with the nation’s No. 1 ranked defense and have had two shutouts in their first five games, only giving up an average of 6.8 points a game
“We get to find out a lot about ourselves against a much better football team,” Fulmer said.
Between the hedges
For the first time this season the Vols will be tested outside of Tennessee. This game will be crucial for Tennessee’s chances to win the SEC East.
“We passed the best test we could give them in Memphis,” Fulmer said. “We’ll have to do the best we can in handling the noise, we’ve been a good road team because we practice with the noise.”
If the Vols could get an early score it would take some of the noise out of the Athens stadium. Georgia’s offense has failed to score in the first half in their last two games.
Beast of the East
The winner of this game has made it to the SEC Championship game the past four seasons. This will be a crucial game for the Volunteers because they need to gain ground on Florida to stay competive in the SEC East.
“It’s a must for us, in the standpoint that we already have a loss in the conference and the division. For us to have any chance, we’ll have to win this game,” Fulmer said.
Vols prepare to make dogs howl
Published: Wed Oct 04, 2006 | Modified: Wed Oct 04, 2006 10:57 a.m.