There will be a lot of discussion this week about Georgia’s midfield position and how Stetson Bennett needs to play on Saturday against Florida Gators No. 8.
But no matter how the Georgia midfielder plays, they won’t be able to win – or lose – the game on their own. They will need to rely on the appropriateness of their ground and attack game.
And those two are having their best game of their season.
Bulldogs ran 215 yards on 43 carry on Saturday. That’s the most number of yards the Bulldogs have plunged into a game while also hitting 5.00 yards per execution.
Bennett is also kept clean as he has not been fired, for the first time this season for Georgia.
So while questions surrounding midfield play are growing bigger than ever, there is growing confidence in how the rest of the team is playing.
“I̵7;m really confident because I see what we do every day in practice with Stetson, the managers, and everyone else,” said Zamir White. “So I’m really confident in the whole offense.”
White hit the best 136 yards of his career on Saturday, with 22 of them coming in a clash run to overcome Georgia’s second-half opening chance. He currently has six rush ball touches during the season, ranking third in the conference.
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The run-back redshirt looked just like the player many thought he would be when he first signed Georgia as the five-star signer in the 2018 signing class. Two knee injuries have prevented his progress, but he assured reporters he feels faster and more explosive now than the player he had injured earlier.
“He’s getting more comfortable with our running game,” said Georgia coach Kirby Smart. “We are probably doing a better job of putting the hat on our head. When you have the game running, you have you better at doing it. Now, teams also better protect you when you do it, so you have to decorate it in different ways.
“I think we’ve gotten better in running games because we’re doing the same runs and doing them week after week.”
White isn’t the only Georgia running back in search of success last week, when James Cook has 39 yards in six appearances, with Kendall Milton adding 31 yards in eight attempts.
The Georgia attack was finally sure to return, even as Ben Cleveland left the field with injury. He is expected to be fine for Saturday’s match.
Attackers had to be heavily replaced with Andrew Thomas, Solomon Kindley and Isaiah Wilson all enlisted and Cade Mays moved to Tennessee. The team didn’t have a great start to Arkansas but improved weekly.
So much so that the team feels comfortable being asked to pave the way to victory when needed.
“We pride ourselves physically. When the game was put on our shoulders, we were proud of it, ”Jamaree Salyer launched the attack. “We go and play as much as we can. We play hard for Zamir, we play hard for James, Kendall and Stet. Whoever has the ball we play hard for them and make sure they are protected ”.
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Georgia only scored 14 points against Wildcats and Salyer conceded it wasn’t a perfect day on Saturday. But confidence is high when entering the match against a Florida side whose defense has been questioned several times this season.
“I have great confidence in our team,” Salyer said. “A lot of confidence may not be shown elsewhere, but in this building, we are very confident in our team. We are very confident in what we can do and what we have done. I think that confidence will show on Saturday and show in the future. “
The Florida defense came 11th in total defense and has already started to miss out on Missouri many times. Add to that Zachary Carter – Florida’s second most disruptive line of defense – that will miss the first half of the game that comes from his participation in a fight in the Missouri-Florida game.
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Georgia clearly needs Bennett and the game is going to be better on Saturday if they win. But the other facets of crime, the ones that identified much of the Smart Age’s early success, increasingly look like they happened compared to the start of the 2020 season.
And that should give Bennett, attack coordinator Todd Monken and Smart confidently head into the pivotal game east of the SEC on Saturday.
Jamaree Salyer confidently entered the match against Florida
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