Bulldogs To Watch: Georgia Vs. Alabama

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Bulldogs To Watch: Georgia Vs. Alabama

Georgia running back Zamir White (3) during the Bulldogs’ game against Tennessee on Dooley Field at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Ga., on Saturday, Oct., 10, 2020. (Photo by Tony Walsh)
Georgia running back Zamir White (3) during the Bulldogs’ game against Tennessee on Dooley Field at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Ga., on Saturday, Oct., 10, 2020. (Photo by Tony Walsh)

Zamir White (RB, #3)

For Georgia to beat Alabama, redshirt freshman running back Zamir White will have to have a lot of success on the ground. White gained a lot of confidence as the game went on against Arkansas, and carried that momentum into the contest against Auburn. Though White is talented, it will be up to Georgia’s offensive line to prove their worth again competing against a talented Crimson Tide front-seven. Through his first two games, the Alabama defense ranked No. 14 in the country in rush defense allowing only 2.9 yards per carry. White averaged 5.0 yards per carry through his first two games. It will be a tall task, but if White can break some tackles and get in open space, he can have success. White had 20 carries against Tennessee for 50 yards, and that will need to improve against the Crimson Tide.

George Pickens (WR, #1)

Georgia sophomore wide receiver George Pickens has had a silent 2020, but it has been productive. Pickens led the Bulldogs last year in receiving, and the question coming into the season was who would be the No. 2 guy. Well, redshirt sophomore Kearis Jackson has stepped up big in that role, but Pickens will need to have a great game for the Bulldogs to beat Alabama. Pickens matches up well against Alabama’s cornerbacks and it will be interesting to see if he can get some separation to get open. Through his first three games, Pickens hauled in eight receptions for 87 yards and two scores. So, hopefully he will be able to be more of a factor against the Crimson Tide.

Georgia tight end Tre McKitty (87) during the Bulldogs' game with Tennessee in Athens, Ga., on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020.. (Photo by Andrew Davis Tucker)
Georgia tight end Tre McKitty (87) during the Bulldogs’ game with Tennessee in Athens, Ga., on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020.. (Photo by Andrew Davis Tucker)

Tre’ McKitty  (TE, #87)

Tre’ McKitty missed Georgia’s first two games of the season, and in his absence freshman Darnell Washington and redshirt sophomore John FitzPatrick stepped up big. Now it is time for the Florida State transfer to shine on the biggest stage. McKitty looked impressive against Tennessee and added depth to an already talented tight end room. In fact, he finished second on the team with two receptions for 47 yards. McKitty gives Georgia an extra option in two tight end sets and is a short yard threat across the middle. His size and speed can help fend off some of Alabama’s top defenders. The 6-5, 245-pound IMG Academy product has played in big games before at FSU, and this is no different. Expect him to give the Bulldogs some extra man power up front and in the passing game, too.

Nolan Smith (SAM, #4)

Georgia SAM linebacker Nolan Smith was built for matchups like this. and it will be the biggest one of his career up to this point. It will be tough, but expect Smith to make a couple of appearances in the Crimson Tide backfield. The 6-3, 236-pound sophomore is explosive off the line of scrimmage and is hard to keep contained. Through the first two games of the season, Smith had 1.5 total sacks and six quarterback pressures. He’s just the right guy to take on Alabama running back Najee Harris in the open field. His physician attributes should help Georgia keep Harris limited and get after Crimson Tide quarterback Mac Jones.

Eric Stokes (CB, #27)

The Georgia defensive backfield will have their hands full all game long with the likes of Jaylen Waddle and Devonta Smith, who are arguably two of the best receivers in college football. Georgia cornerback Eric Stokes is a talented individual, but will need help from DJ Daniel, Richard LeCounte and Tyson Campbell. Stokes isn’t a shutdown corner, but he has the skills to help lockdown Waddle and Smith. The Covington, Georgia native has faced this duo before, which helps in the grand scheme of things. It will be an interesting matchup because Stokes will definitely be the underdog. It will all come down to who really wants it more, and Stokes possesses that mentality. He already has one interception on the season, if the Bulldogs’ defensive line can get enough pressure up front, maybe Stokes can find the ball.

Jake Camarda (P, 90)

Georgia junior punter Jake Camarda is having an incredible year so far, and will be a key player if Georgia wants to come out with a victory over Alabama. Georgia’s offense might not be able to have success all day against the Crimson Tide, so they will need to win the battle of field position. Hence why Camarda is listed as a key player. Through two games, Camarda averaged 50.2 yards per punt with a long of 63. Against Arkansas, the Norcross High School product had seven punts while pinning the Razorbacks inside their own 20-yard line seven times. He definitely has become more consistent throughout his career, and don’t expect that to change. If the game turns out to be a defensive battle, Camarda isn’t a bad guy to have on your side.

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