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The one bright spot for Buffalo is running back Brandon Oliver. Oliver rushed for 1,395 yards and 13 touchdowns last season. Look for the Bulldogs to focus on stopping the run and make Zordich try to beat them with his arm.
This should be a good test for the UGA secondary, especially some of the players filling in for cornerback Sanders Commings and safety Bacarri Rambo, both of whom will be serving suspensions for at least the first two games.
Malcolm Mitchell, last season’s freshman sensation at wide receiver, practiced the entire spring and fall at cornerback but will see his first live action on defense against Buffalo. Coaches and players have high praise for Mitchell on defense, but he will need this game to get some live action experience before heading to Missouri.
Listed second on the depth chart behind Branden Smith, Damian Swann is another player expected to step in and help out at cornerback and should see some significant playing time in the first two games. Swann saw little action last season as a freshman, posting five tackles with two assists. The Bulldogs will be relying on him more in the first two games, so it’s important for him to play well and gain some confidence against the Bulls.
Also, expect to see highly-touted freshmen Josh Harvey-Clemons and Sheldon Dawson see some action against the Bulls in his first game with the Dawgs. Though he played linebacker in high school, Harvey-Clemons is still a little undersized and, according to OnlineAthens.com, spent the fall learning the safety and nickel cornerback positions. That same article reports that Dawson has put on 20 pounds since arriving in Athens and has impressed coaches in practices and scrimmages.
Limiting the Bulls to under 200 yards passing and no big plays should be considered a win for the Georgia secondary.