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Without a doubt, Marcus Lattimore will be the best back Georgia faces all season. But if any front seven can stop Lattimore, its this one.
Except for maybe LSU, no group has as many potential NFL draftees as the one playing on Georgia's defense, and each one will need to come to play this week. Between the massive defensive line and the early-round talent residing in the linebacker corps, the Bulldogs have the talent to control SC's run game.
On the line, Georgia hosts two mammoths that only move when they decide to.
Kwame Geathers may have left his home state of South Carolina due to lack of food. The guy is 6'6", 355 pounds, and moves. Geathers is more of an "it" because people just don't come in that size.
Geathers is a space-eater that will thrive in the NFL, but he's just the backup. The guy who starts is even bigger.
DT Mountain John Jenkins defies the laws of physics. The senior prospect is 6'3", 358 pounds, and that may be an understatement.
What is scary about Jenkins is that he wears No. 6, and that he moves like he should be wearing the number. Such a low number is more for "skill" position players, and Jenkins has skill.
Besides being a world class run-stuffer, "the mountain" moves with surprising quickness, and he gets to the quarterback. Lattimore may be able to break through walls, but a mountain may be too much.
If Lattimore is lucky to avoid getting squashed by Georgia's behemoths, he'll then have to get past the linebackers. The Bulldogs have a solid corps of linebackers, but it is headlined by two in particular.
Alec Ogletree and Jarvis Jones are two of the most feared linebackers in college football.
Ogletree has the speed of a safety, which he was at one point, and the instincts of Ray Lewis. He, along with Bacarri Rambo, was suspended the first four games, but had quite an impact on the Tennessee game. He had 14 tackles, and he brought leadership to the heart of the defense.
His partner in domination is Jarvis Jones. He is quick, ruthless, can defend the pass and can stop the run. According to Jordan Conn of ESPN The Magazine, Mel Kiper has Jones at the top of his Big Board. A player does not get there because he isn't the most dominant force at his position, if not in all of college football.
Jones leads the team with four and a half sacks, but it will be his run-stopping ability that helps Georgia win against SC. He will need to show that relentlessness and tenacity that has served him well since he joined Georgia.
This will be the most vigorous battle of Week 6, and it will come down to South Carolina's offense and Georgia's defense to determine the victor.