Game Day! Previewing Georgia vs. Louisiana-Lafayette

Three storylines

  • Breaking in a new quarterback. Aaron Murray, Georgia’s redshirt freshman QB, will be playing in his first real football game in 21 months and in his first college game. It’ll be a chance for him to grow into the job a bit before going on the road to South Carolina a week later. The Dogs need him to manage the offense, make good decisions and avoid costly mistakes. Oh, and one more thing: Stay healthy.
  • Debuting a new defense. You’ve heard about it since January. Now it’s showtime for Georgia’s 3-4 defense. New defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, who has never before attended a game in Sanford Stadium, promises an aggressive, attacking style designed to pressure the quarterback and create turnovers. The players are looking forward to putting the new D on display. “I think a lot of people will be very happy with what they see,” linebacker Darryl Gamble said.
  • Who’s missing. Georgia will be playing without running back Washaun Ealey, last season’s leading rusher; wide receiver Tavarres King, last season’s second leading receiver; and safety Alec Ogletree, the freshman who was to have made his college-football debut. All three are suspended from the game because of recent arrests. And as of late Friday, Georgia still had not received a ruling from the NCAA on the inquiry launched in July, leaving unclear the status of wide receiver A.J. Green.

A Georgia win would . . .

  • Be the Bulldogs’ ninth victory in 10 season openers under Mark Richt, with the only loss being last year’s at Oklahoma State.
  • Extend the Dogs’ record under Richt in non-conference games to 39-4, including 26-1 at home.

A Louisiana-Lafayette win would . . .

  • Defy all odds, what with Georgia favored by 28.5 points.
  • Be the Ragin’ Cajuns’ first victory in 35 tries against an SEC opponent.

Keep an eye on …

  • For Georgia: The offensive line. The five starters have combined for 127 college starts and are being counted on to smooth the way for a rookie quarterback this season. The unit was disrupted in preseason practice, with left guard Cordy Glenn and center Ben Jones missing extensive time because of mononucleosis and arthroscopic knee surgery, respectively. But both practiced this week.
  • For Louisiana-Lafayette: Junior quarterback Chris Masson completed 222 passes for 2,406 yards last season. One of his favorite targets figures to be 6-foot-6 tight end Ladarius Green. Defensively, the Ragin’ Cajuns are an experienced unit, with all juniors and seniors starting. The defense is led by senior middle linebacker Grant Fleming.

The numbers game

  • 58: Consecutive sellouts in Sanford Stadium, including today’s game, which sold out earlier this week. (Every Georgia home game has sold out since the start of the 2001 season, Richt’s first in Athens.)
  • 6-6: Louisiana-Lafayette’s record last season, including 4-4 in the Sun Belt conference.
  • 1,216: Yards rushing by Georgia in its final five games last season, compared to 877 in its first eight games.
  • $875,00: Amount that Georgia will pay Louisiana-Lafayette for playing the game.

History book

  • Last meeting: Georgia and Louisiana-Lafayette have never played.

The bottom line

After opening last season as an underdog on the road against a top-10 opponent — Oklahoma State — Georgia opens this season as a heavy favorite at home against a non-BCS opponent.

32 comments Add your comment

Kramer

September 4th, 2010
10:14 am

Come on slackers. 4 hours and no comments? I want to see ULL completely dominated. Margin of victory should be 6 to 7 td’s. Go Dawgs!

RabidDawgFan

September 4th, 2010
10:17 am

Obviously we’ll win this game handily but missing Tavarres King, Ealey, Ogletree and (possibly) Green isn’t a good thing. I would love to have everybody healthy and ready to play. We can get by without Tavarres King and Ealey today, but we’re definately going to need everybody next week against South Carolina. That game is going to define our season IMO. I hope to see our O-line dominate from the start and I hope our QB plays well. Don’t show S. Carolina anything however. Keep it close to the vest so you don’t give Ol’ Ball Coach something to see on film to prepare for. Keep it vanilla today, win 45-7 or so and get out of there and let it loose on Carolina next week. GO DAWGS!!!!! SIC’EM!!!!

RabidDawgFan

September 4th, 2010
10:17 am

Obviously we’ll win this game handily but missing Tavarres King, Ealey, Ogletree and (possibly) Green isn’t a good thing. I would love to have everybody healthy and ready to play. We can get by without Tavarres King and Ealey today, but we’re definately going to need everybody next week against South Carolina. That game is going to define our season IMO. I hope to see our O-line dominate from the start and I hope our QB plays well. Don’t show S. Carolina anything however. Keep it close to the vest so you don’t give Ol’ Ball Coach something to see on film to prepare for. Keep it vanilla today, win 45-7 or so and get out of there and let it loose on Carolina next week. GO DAWGS!!!!! SIC’EM!!!!

DawgNation

September 4th, 2010
10:32 am

Don’t kid yourselfs. This Louisiana-Lafayette team has the personnel to give our team fits. This beat K State whom beat the heck out of Texas Tech whom scared the heck out of Texas last year. If we go in with over confidence then we may walk away with a win but it may be ugly. I hope it doesn’t come to a jump ball in the end zone corner since AJ is sitting out this one.

DawgNation

September 4th, 2010
10:33 am

They not this. Sorry to all you English majors.

bad apple dawg

September 4th, 2010
10:34 am

Well…looks like AJ isnt an angel after all. UGA is in big big trouble and these off field distractions will also show up on the footballl field. Hope our new AD Cleans house.

bad apple dawg

September 4th, 2010
10:37 am

Why does Timmy Tucker report on a player but then the comments are closed. The AJC is CRAP too.

Dawg Tired

September 4th, 2010
10:41 am

Has the NCAA declared AJ ineligible? If not – play him. You can not allow the NCAA to mess with you like this. IF the things we’ve been told are true, there is no evidence he has done anything wrong. If we believe our player, let him play. If it turns out he is lying, dismiss him from the team; a punishment much harsher than the NCAA would impose. Seems pretty simple to me.

crack Baby

September 4th, 2010
10:43 am

What you delusional dawg fans on ? Predicting the dawgs will go 9 – 3 or 10 – 2 which is absolutely comical. I bet Richty Richty wont be able to hang 40 points on lafayette today. What a bunch of clowns in Athens!

BurningRedBleedingBlack

September 4th, 2010
10:47 am

Lets go Dawgs!!!!!!!!!!! GATA

hmmmm.......

September 4th, 2010
10:57 am

875,000? I hope they clear up the AJ gate by next saturday

Kramer

September 4th, 2010
11:01 am

Gotta love ruling that he can’t play when the investigation is ongoing. So much for innocent until proven guilty. Ba$tard$.

tt

September 4th, 2010
11:03 am

THe NCAA has really screwed this up…what about being innocent until proven guilty…this is a shame. They do not have their act together. Maybe CMR did the right thing,, who knows how these things work….SHAME ON THE NCAA!

Another Thug bites the dust

September 4th, 2010
11:03 am

Wow Whats wrong in doggie town? Saint Mark is history after this season. Maybe even earlier like Tommy Bowden at Clemons if the arrests and rule breakers keep coming. AJ must have lied too.

Mike

September 4th, 2010
11:05 am

walter elrod

September 4th, 2010
11:14 am

If you think AJ is telling the truth let him play, simple as that

RxDawg

September 4th, 2010
11:24 am

Well I guess AJ is lying then. Because sitting him is admission of guild as far as I’m concerned. Boy this season sure is sour……

RxDawg

September 4th, 2010
11:24 am

guilt, not guild

HOT ROD

September 4th, 2010
11:24 am

I am all for punishment for these players messing up, but I think AJ did not do anything wrong, he should play if you beleve him, maybe somebody does not

RxDawg

September 4th, 2010
11:25 am

“Why does Timmy Tucker report on a player but then the comments are closed. The AJC is CRAP too.”

You ain’t kidding. It forces us to come over to unrelated blogs to talk about it.

FS Sikes

September 4th, 2010
11:29 am

Gentlemen – Start your engines!

Go Dawgs!!!

RxDawg

September 4th, 2010
11:32 am

I’m so sick of this season, and there hasn’t even been a game. Arrests everywhere, lying players apparently…………………..I need some hitting and fast.

Man Enough

September 4th, 2010
11:32 am

Sitting AJ is like admitting guilt!!!!

Besides, could the ncaa say hey, you set him out on you own, we want to suspend him at this point later in the season and not take the opener into consideration? I say play him unless our staff knows something they are not telling.

Big Dawg

September 4th, 2010
4:37 pm

I think the game speaks for itself,lol!!
Pretty expected,I was most impressed with Murray,WOW! Running,passing,scoring,you name it,he did it,you go Man! 5 starters out and they still played like that,and the defense was off the chain!

Florida,on the other hand sucked and will not contend this year,mark my words,lol! Haters will be haters but this year we eat Gators.

Big Dawg

September 4th, 2010
4:38 pm

Big Dawg

September 4th, 2010
4:40 pm

On the UGA menu this week was: Cajun,
Next week we get:fried chicken and the next week wild hog,sounds pretty good to me.

Stinger

September 4th, 2010
7:33 pm

You are one bunch of pathetic losers!! Louisiana Laugh-it-off, what a joke of a team.

Stinger

September 4th, 2010
7:34 pm

Coach Superior will kick you lame AZZ dawgs.

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Dumdog

September 7th, 2010
5:22 pm

RABID DOG FAN
Do you have a crystal ball or something? You not only called the game plan, but almost the score(45-7). What are your feelings for the SC game?

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