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Photo: Missouri Athletic Communications
Photo: Missouri Athletic Communications

 
 
DREW LOCK (QB, #3)
 
Get ready Bulldog defense to face the SEC’s top quarterback and certainly, Lock is also one of the best three or four passing QBs in the country. After throwing for 3,964 yards and a nation-leading 44 touchdowns in 2017 the 6-4, 225-pound senior has picked right up where he left off last year. Lock, going into the Tigers’ battle at Purdue on Saturday, had thrown for 687 yards and eight touchdowns in easy wins over UT-Martin and Wyoming. Listed as a Heisman Trophy candidate, the Georgia secondary can afford no slip-ups against this guy and it must be helped by a defensive front bringing heavy pressure on Lock.
 
 
EMANUEL HALL (WR, #84)
 
An All-SEC preseason third-team selection, this 6-3, 200-pound senior is the deep threat Lock likes to get the ball to. Hall caught 33 passes for 817 yards and 8 TDs in 2017 and in Missouri’s first two games this season, he had a total of 14 catches for 342 yards and three touchdowns, amazingly showing an identical 171 yards on his receptions in each game. Hall is big and fast and, like Lock, poses a tremendous challenge for the Georgia defense.
 
 
TEREZ HALL (LB, #24)
 
No relation to receiver Emanuel Hall, Terez Hall is a ringleader for the Mizzou defense and a player the Bulldogs can’t allow to disrupt their attack Saturday in Columbia, Mo. The 6-2, 230-pound weakside ‘backer totaled 85 tackles last season as well as 12.5 tackles-for-loss. And hailing from Lithonia, Ga., Hall will be pumped to have his best game against his home state team Saturday.
 
 
TERRY BECKNER, JR. (DT, #5)
 
Another stalwart for the Tigers’ defense Beckner, a 6-4, 305-pound senior, can be most disruptive on opposing offenses … much like Terez Hall. A preseason All-SEC Second Team selection, Beckner recorded 11.0 tackles-for-loss in 2017 along with seven sacks. It’ll be up to Georgia’s offensive front to keep Beckner from penetrating into the Bulldog backfield on Saturday.
 
 
 
 

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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.