Bulldogs to Watch: Georgia vs. Missouri

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Bulldogs to Watch: Georgia vs. Missouri

Bulldog running back Brian Herrien (35) during Georgia-Florida game,
Saturday, November 2, 2019
Bulldog running back Brian Herrien (35) during Georgia-Florida game,
Saturday, November 2, 2019

BRIAN HERRIEN (TB, #35)

From the moment Herrien scored on a 19-yard touchdown run on the first carry of his career in the 2016 season-opening win over North Carolina, he has been a model of consistency for head coach Smart and the Georgia offense. The 6-0, 210-pound senior out of Douglasville is the Bulldogs’ 2nd-leading rusher behind All-America candidate D’Andre Swift and in the earlier victory over Tennessee, Herrien ran for a career-high 88 yards, including an also career-long 40-yard run. Herrien, who seldom goes down on a defender’s first hit, will again try to punish Missouri would-be tacklers Saturday night.

TREY HILL (C, #55)

Succeeding the talented Lamont Gaillard as the Bulldogs’ starting center, Hill has progressed in every game while starting all eight contests for the Bulldogs this fall. The 6-4, 330-pound sophomore, who played with present Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm at Houston County High, comes off the ball with quickness and packs an explosive punch in doing so. The future indeed looks bright for this young Bulldog as he continues to anchor Georgia’s highly-touted offensive line.

ELI WOLF (TE, #17)

This graduate transfer from the University of Tennessee has been a solid addition to the Bulldogs’ tight end corps in 2019. Wolf especially stepped up in Georgia’s early games when the Bulldogs came out of the gate with a 5-0 record before being upset by South Carolina. With outstanding speed for a guy who’s 6-4 and 236 pounds, Wolf entered the huge game against Florida this past weekend with nine receptions for 116 yards and will surely be counted on to make big plays in these last four regular-season games … starting with the Mizzou defense Saturday night.

UGA safety Richard LeCounte (2) during Georgia-Florida game,
Saturday, November 2, 2019
UGA safety Richard LeCounte (2) during Georgia-Florida game,
Saturday, November 2, 2019

RICHARD LeCOUNTE (SAF, #2)

LeCounte, the 5-11, 190-pound junior out of Liberty County High, is a leader in the UGA secondary again this season. Having started all eight games to date, LeCounte recorded seven tackles and a pass breakup in the Bulldogs’ win over a then top-10 ranked Notre Dame team and is the team’s fourth-leading tackler for the season. In 2018, he was Georgia’s leading tackler with a total of 74 stops. LeCounte will be counted on for another big performance Saturday night against Kelly Bryant and the Missouri passing attack, as well as against the Larry Rountree-led Tiger running game.

AZEEZ OJULARI  (OLB, #13)

Ojulari, a redshirt freshman, has certainly lived up to the prep achievements he accomplished at Marietta High School. Also a starter for the Bulldog defense in all eight games, the 6-3, 240-pound outside linebacker is the team leader in quarterback pressures, a statistic that was boosted by Ojulari’s 10 QB pressures in the 43-14 win at Tennessee. Also in that game, he was one of Georgia’s three team captains, the first freshman under Kirby Smart to earn that honor. Ojulari will be motivated to slow down the Mizzou attack come Saturday evening at Dooley Field at Sanford Stadium.

WALTER GRANT (OLB, #84)

This 6-4, 245-pound junior out of Cairo has been a steady performer for the Bulldogs the past three seasons at his outside ‘backer spot. Whether coming up to nail an opposing running back or dropping back in coverage to defend a pass, Grant has answered the call for the Georgia defensive unit. He again will be counted on heavily to help stymie a balanced Missouri attack when the Tigers prowl between the hedges.

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Murray Poole is a 1965 graduate of the University of Georgia Journalism School. He served as sports editor of The Brunswick News for 40 years and has written for Bulldawg Illustrated the past 16 years. He has covered the Georgia Bulldogs for 53 years.