One thing we know about this matchup is that there won’t be a shortage of offensive firepower. Both Missouri and Georgia have prolific offenses, but completely different offensive philosophies. Lets take a deeper look at the individual players who operate these systems.
Senior Drew Lock is arguably the most talented quarterback in the country and is a projected 1st round draft pick. He led the country last year in touchdown passes (44) and threw for 3,984 yards. Without question this will be the best quarterback the Bulldogs play this regular season. The previous two games combined he’s thrown for nearly 800 yards and averaged 44 attempts each game. Missouri is definitely not gun shy, so expect them to let Lock sling the ball around all day long.
Missouri’s go-to receiver and deep ball threat Georgia fans should have no problem remembering this name. Last season against Georgia he had 4 receptions for 141 yards on two 63 yard touchdown catches. This will be the guy to keep an eye on when Drew Lock is throwing the football. It will be up to safeties J.R. Reed and Richard LeCounte to play disciplined defense and prevent Hall from creating the big plays that Missouri thrives on.
Larry Rountree III / Damage Crockett
These are the two running backs who get the bulk of the carries for Missouri. Last week against Purdue Rountree had 23 carrier for 163 yards. Missouri doesn’t primarily run the football, but both of these players are serviceable backs. Offensive coordinator Derek Dooley has been trying to implement more of a balanced offense this season and these are the two workhorses for Missouri when they try to get the run game flowing.
Jake Fromm’s play this season has been nothing short of reliability and consistency. The sophomore quarterback has completed 80% of his passes and cruised in every game because of a strong running game by his side. Last week Missouri’s defense gave up 572 passing yards to Purdue’s quarterback David Blough who broke the school record for most passing yards in a game. Fromm should have no problem cutting this defense up if his arm is called into duty.
D’Andre Swift / Elijah Holyfield / Brian Herrien / James Cook
The entire Georgia backfield is loaded. Bulldog fans are eager to see Swift play a full game to showcase his talents, but Holyfield and Herrien have been major contributors alongside him. Holyfield leads the team in rushing and Herrien has had a few explosive runs himself. Then to add the cherry on top true freshman James Cook brings effortless speed to the offense and he can blow by you when he puts on the burners. Its going to be a long day for Missouri if they are pushed around by Georgia’s offensive line and continuously get bombarded by this backfields fresh legs.
Georgia’s leading receiver and without a doubt most exciting player can be a nightmare for opposing defenses. With 12 receptions for 187 yards and also a punt return for a touchdown to go along with these stats you better keep an eye on Hardman when he’s on the field. If Georgia needs to air the ball out, Hardman will get a heavy load and Fromm shouldn’t have a problem getting it to him. Right when teams start selling out to stop Georgia’s rushing attack its Hardman over the top for six.