D.J.’S THREE KEYS TO VICTORY
Former Georgia quarterback D.J. Shockley tells us what the No. 7-ranked Bulldogs (2-0, 1-0 SEC) need to do to take care of business against South Carolina (1-1, 0-1) on Saturday.
1. Be more aggressive offensively. Through the first two games, the offense has been led as most believed it would — the run game. It has been a great strength. But as the Bulldogs enter the tougher part of the schedule, being potent in the run and passing games is a must. Playing quarterback in the SEC is about being confident in ones ability to throw in any given situation. If the Dogs want to win not just on Saturday but going forward, I believe Greyson Lambert has to be more of a threat to push the ball down the field. He needs to strike fear into defenses with his arm.
2. Beware of the un-scouted. South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier lives for the opportunity to make Georgia look foolish. Knowing that, you can be sure he will have some looks on both sides of the ball that will be unfamiliar. You know he’ll have some tricks up his sleeves. I remember in 2005, we saw so many different looks we never saw on film that it took us almost a quarter to adjust. The Bulldogs need to go in expecting to have to make adjustments and not panic when they don’t recognize something. If Georgia can weather the trickery storm and stick to the game plan, there is a great chance for success.
3. Know who is playing quarterback. South Carolina lost starter Connor Mitch to a potential season-ending injury last Saturday. But the Gamecocks still have the capability to play multiple quarterbacks with different skill sets. Perry Orth will start but word is that freshman Lorenzo Nunez also will play. And they also use a receiver Pharoh Cooper in a wildcat formation. It is important for Georgia to know which QB is on the field at all times because losing containment poses huge threats to the perimeter. To that end, the defensive line must keep gap integrity as well and maintain their rush lanes. If this does not happen there is a chance for big plays. The secondary must be conscious as well because they may be forced to cover longer than usual with a quarterback that can extend plays. Being focused on who is at the controls while being sound in defensive scheme will aid in success.
Shockley played quarterback for Georgia from 2002-05 and led the Bulldogs to the SEC championship in 2005. After a stint in the NFL, Shockley now provides football analysis and commentary for WSB-TV on “SportsZone” (Fridays, 11:15 p.m.) and “Bulldogs GameDay” (Saturdays, 10 p.m.) and on CW69 for “Falcons Playback” (Mondays, 6 p.m.) and “Rise up Weekly” (Saturdays at 11 p.m.). He’ll also be providing analysis for DawgNation.com this fall.