Bulldogs To Watch: Georgia vs. Missouri 2020

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Bulldogs To Watch: Georgia vs. Missouri 2020

Georgia quarterback JT Daniels (18) during a game against South Carolina at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, SC., on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020. (Photo by Tony Walsh)
Georgia quarterback JT Daniels (18) during a game against South Carolina at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, SC., on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020. (Photo by Tony Walsh)

JT Daniels (QB, #18)

It’s been nearly two weeks since Georgia quarterback JT Daniels has played and it’s going to be interesting to see how he performs after the hiatus. Missouri’s pass defense doesn’t rank inside the NCAA’s top-50, so Daniels might have a chance to air out on Saturday. But of course, the offense will take what the defense gives them. Daniels has great arm strength, although his mobility comes into question as he’s currently still fresh off two major surgeries within the last year and a half. The Tigers will bring the house with Trajan Jeffcoat and Nick Bolton, so Georgia’s offensive line will have to do their best to keep those two out of the backfield. Daniels could be forced to make quick decisions, so this will be interesting to watch. Still, expect another game where the California native will potentially have a couple hundred yards passing.

Zamir White (RB, #3)

Georgia redshirt sophomore Zamir White is developing into a weapon that has carried the offense over the last two weeks. He is the team’s leading rusher thus far with 614 yards on 121 carries (5.1 yards per play) and nine touchdowns. White had two consecutive 100 yard games with a career-high 136 yard performance against Kentucky and a 107 showing in the loss to Florida. The North Carolina native didn’t have much of a showing against Mississippi State, but helped Georgia down South Carolina as the team rushed for a season-high 332 yards.

Darnell Washington  (TE, #0)

Georgia tight end Darnell Washington only has two receptions for 59 yards this season, but against Missouri is the perfect time to get him more targets. The 6-7, 260-pound freshman has been lined up in a lot of two tight end sets over the past few games and has had several opportunities to set up blocks on the perimeter. Although, this is the perfect time for him to start running more downfield routes instead of helping make a running lane for tailbacks. He has an advantage against any defender that he gets lined up against. His two catches this season were results of plays that went for more than 25-yards downfield. Look for Georgia to get more creative in the passing game this week and use Washington to their advantage.

Chris Smith (DB, #29)

Georgia has severe depth issues at safety, but Christopher Smith provides a nice cushion. The junior defensive back has filled the void on one side of the field. The coaches have been very complementary to Smith so far this season, but he will need to step up in a big way. Georgia’s secondary has been gashed three times this season playing against elite offenses, and even though Missouri isn’t on that level, they still have a ton of weapons on the perimeter. The Atlanta native has been with the program for a few years, so it shouldn’t be a problem for him to get a speed of the game because he has a lot of reps under his belt. This will be a huge opportunity for Georgia’s secondary to write off their mistakes, and Smith could be a huge part to help that.

Zion Logue  (DT, #96)

When Jordan Davis and Julian Rochester went down with injuries, redshirt freshman Zion Logue traveled and played well against Florida. Logue only recorded one tackle but it was a big one that happened on second down as he stopped Florida’s rushing attack short of the first down marker. The very next play Florida quarterback Kyle Trask threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown by cornerback Eric Stokes. The 6-5, 295-pound defensive lineman should receive more snaps against Missouri because of depth chart issues up front. Logue only has seven total tackles season so far, although he’s helped the Bulldogs out on more than a few occasions. Three of those tackles came against South Carolina, so look for him to be a huge part of Georgia’s defense trying to stop a talented Missouri rushing attack.

Eric Stokes (CB, #27)

Georgia’s defense has eight interceptions this year with six of them coming from safeties Richard Lecounte and Eric Stokes. There is still some hope that their injured LeCounte may return, but since that’s not for sure look for Stokes to continue to be Georgia’s primary turnover-making machine. In fact, two of three of his interceptions have been returned for touchdowns. The former three-star prospect is also tied for first in pass breakups this season with four. Without question, he is the leader on the defensive side of the ball alongside senior inside linebacker Monty Rice. Missouri’s pass offense has opened up in the last two weeks and Stokes will have a huge task of keeping Georgia’s secondary in check. Stokes isn’t a lockdown cornerback by any means, but his ability to create turnovers and make plays will make him interesting to watch against the Tigers on Saturday.

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