The Georgia football team will have their hands full on both sides of the ball against Appalachian State tomorrow, on Saturday night, and these are the five players that I believe will have the biggest impact for the Mountaineers.
5. CB Clifton Duck
Duck is a sophomore cornerback for the Mountaineers, who led the team last season in interceptions as a freshman with five, which tied him for sixth in the Sun Belt and 13th in the nation. Duck’s play led to him gaining First Team All-Sun Belt Conference honors, and he was named the Sun Belt Freshman of the year. If Duck was able to be that effective for the Mountaineers as a freshman, the sky is the limit for this defensive back as far as his potential.
4. WR Shaedon Meadors
Meadors is a senior and he should be viewed as one of the leaders on the Mountaineers as he led the team with 716 receiving yards on 45 catches. Meadors 716 yards is more than the team’s next two leading wide receivers combined so he plays a huge role in the success of the Mountaineers passing game. Meadors ranked eighth in the Sun Belt with his 45 catches and it led to him being a second team All-Sun Belt Conference player. Appalachian State will need to have both facets of their offense working in this game if they want to pull off the upset, and Meadors should play a large role in the passing game.
3. DE Antonius Sims
The defensive line of the Mountaineers while not big has great speed. Sims should lead this group as he did last season. The senior defensive end led the team in sacks with seven, which placed him sixth in the Sun Belt, and in tackles for loss with 12, which tied him for eighth in the conference. Sims is clearly a disruptive force for the Appalachian State and the Bulldogs offensive line will have a major test in slowing him down.
2. RB Jalin Moore
Moore has been one of the major topics of discussion for the Bulldogs defensive staff heading into Saturday’s contest against App State. He will play a large part in the Mountaineer’s success on offense in the scheme that Head Coach Scott Satterfield likes to attack defenses with. Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart and inside linebacker Roquan Smith both complimented Moore and said that he was a SEC caliber type tailback. Moore took over as the Mountaineers starting running back after Marcus Cox, who is also returning for the Mountaineers, went down with an injury.
Moore was able to earn First-team All-Sun Belt Conference honors and was named the Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Year as he finished his season with 1,402 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns. The Mountaineers rely heavily on their rushing attack so Moore will have a large say in how well the offense moves the ball.
1. Taylor Lamb
Taylor Lamb is the senior leader of the offense and his athletic ability and experience are what makes him the most important player for the Bulldogs to key on and stop. Lamb is a dual-threat quarterback that finished last season with 2,281 passing yards and 505 rushing yards. His rushing yards led to him being third on the team in that category while also having nine of his 24 touchdowns coming on the ground.
Lamb’s ability to move the ball down the field through the air and on the ground will be the difference in the game and if the Bulldogs can slow him down, then they should be able to come out of this game victorious.
Georgia has a tough test ahead of them on both sides of the ball, and how well they contain these five players will ultimately decide the outcome of the game.
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