Game Day Preview: Southern U. vs Georgia

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Game Day Preview: Southern U. vs Georgia

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[su_spacer size=”40″] Georgia is fresh off of a feather-plucking performance over South Cacky-Lacky in their 52-20 win last Saturday which moved the Bulldawgs to 3 wins and no losses on the season. Their next opponent is the Jaguars of Southern University out of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, an FCS team out of the Southwestern Atlantic Conference. The Jaguars sit at 2-1 on the season having scored at least 50 points in their last two games. Here is Bulldawg Illustrated’s Game Day Preview.
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The Opponent: Jaguars

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[su_spacer size=”20″] Southern University is a historically African-American college founded in 1880, over 135 years ago. The campus sits on the Mississippi River in a northern section of the city of Baton Rouge, LA on approximately 512 acres. The Jaguars started playing football in 1916 and joined the SWAC in 1934. They have had two straight winning season going 9-4 in 2013 as well as in last year in 2014 after enduring 3 straight losing seasons from 2010-2012.
[su_spacer size=”40″] [su_spacer size=”20″] Dawson Odums is in his fourth season as the Jaguars Head Coach. The Shelby, NC native has some ties to the state of Georgia as he was an assistant coach at Georgia Southern from 200-2001 and an assistant coach at Clark-Atlanta from 2004-2007. Coach Odums is 24-14 as Southern’s Head Coach.
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The Stats

[su_spacer size=”20″] On offense, Southern is averaging 170 yards per game on the ground and 276.3 yards through the air, scoring 38.33 points per game. Southern has been very efficient once they get in the red-zone scoring 10 touchdowns on 13 trips inside the 20.
[su_spacer size=”40″] On defense, they are giving up 150 yards per game on the ground and 312 passing yards, and they are giving up an average of 35.33 points per game. Southern defense has struggled to stop teams, but they have been very opportunistic grabbing up 6 interceptions in their first 3 games as well as generating 4 forced fumbles and 1 fumble recovery. They are plus 2 in turnover margin for the season so far.
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Players to keep your eye on

[su_spacer size=”20″] #25 Willie Quinn – A 5 foot 5 and 145 lbs senior wide receiver and return specialists for the Jaguars. He may not be big, but he is a dynamic athlete. He has been tremendous for Southern on kick and punt returns where he has returned 1 punt and 2 kickoffs for touchdowns. On 9 kick returns, Quinn is averaging 33.4 yards per return. On 2 punts, he is averaging 21.5 yards per return. He also has a touchdown reception on the year and is averaging 15.3 yards per reception on 10 catches for the season in 3 games.
[su_spacer size=”40″] #21 Lenard Tillery – A 5 foot 10 and 186 lbs junior running back for the Jaguars. In 3 games, Tillery has rushed for a total of 284 yards on 46 carries for an average of 6.2 yards per carry. He has also found the end zone 5 times on the season.
[su_spacer size=”40″] #87 Randall Menard – A 6 foot 3 and 185 lbs junior wide receiver. He is the Jaguars leading receiver with 202 yards on 10 catches for the season in 3 games and 1 touchdown.
[su_spacer size=”40″] #7 Austin Howard – The Jaguars signal caller. The 6 foot tall and 190 lbs sophomore quarterback has been efficient in 3 games so far, passing for 640 yards and 2 touchdowns. He is completing 65.2 % of his pass attempts on the season, but he has also thrown 3 interceptions.
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Keys to the Game for Georgia

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Contain Willie Quinn on Special Teams

[su_spacer size=”20″] Georgia was excellent on special teams in their first game of the season versus Louisiana-Monroe, but took a step back in some areas versus Vanderbilt and South Carolina. The kickoff and punt return coverage units must execute and be disciplined, staying in their lanes because Quinn is a player that can hurt you in the return game by either taking the ball to the house for a score or giving his team’s offense good field position to start with.
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Respect the Jaguars on Offense

[su_spacer size=”20″] Georgia is bigger and deeper compared to the Jaguars, but games are not played on paper. They are played on the field. Southern has shown it can move the ball down the field and put up points on offense. They have play makers in Menard, Quinn, and Tillery that can move the ball down the field in big chunks. Georgia must respect the Jaguars on offense and play disciplined football, or we could be seeing Defensive Coordinator making faces again.
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Bulldawg Bob’s Prognostication

[su_spacer size=”20″] All that talk comes down to this, the prediction. The prognostication. Every time I have low balled on my prediction, the Bulldawgs have blown it out of the water; so, I’m going to low ball this one as well if you guys and gals don’t mind.
[su_spacer size=”40″] Georgia wins 45-14 over Southern
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Date: Saturday, September 25th, 2015

Location: Athens, GA, Sanford Stadium

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Pregame Broadcast begins at 8:00 AM EST

Dawg Walk at 10:25 AM EST

Gates open at 10:30 AM EST

Kickoff at 12 NOON EST

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Televised on theSEC Network

TV announcers:

Play-by-play: Tom Hart

Color commentator: Andre Ware

Sideline reporter: Laura Rutledge

Live stream available on WATCH ESPN

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Listen on the Bulldog Radio Network

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Click here for a list of radio stations

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Listen to the Game on Audio Stream

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106.1 WNGC-FM Athens and 107.1

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Radio announcers:

Play-by-play: Scott Howard

Color commentator: Eric Zeier

Sideline reporter: Chuck Dowdle

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