SEC Championship 2012: Georgia Players Who Pose Biggest Threat to Alabama
Once again, all eyes will be on the SEC Championship game, as Alabama takes on Georgia. On the line is the second spot in the BCS National Championship game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
Ranked No. 2 in the nation, although only one spot ahead of Georgia, Alabama will likely be quite a heavy favorite in this game.
While Alabama could certainly be looked at as the better team overall, there are a few players on this Georgia team that will pose a big threat to them.
NT John Jenkins
We know Alabama has and will continue to base their offense around a solid running game. With a player like John Jenkins anchoring the middle of their defense, Georgia could make that pretty tough to do.
Jenkins is an elite NFL prospect, with the size and strength to make him nearly immovable in the middle.
If the Alabama run game can't get going early, and they are forced into long third down distances, that is where the pass rush and this next player come in.
OLB Jarvis Jones
Does Georgia have enough to pull of the upset against Alabama?
Yes, the Alabama offensive line is strong in both the running and passing game. However, it's not every week that they go up against a player of Jarvis Jones' caliber.
Jones is also certain to be a top NFL prospect and for good reason. He has elite pass rushing-skill that separates him from the rest, not to mention his contributions in the run game as well.
In a big game like this, a key turnover can swing momentum and field position completely. With his ability to get to the quarterback, Jarvis Jones is capable of making those kinds of game-changing plays at any point.
Most importantly, for Alabama to slow him down, they will need to slide protection to his side on passing downs. If not, he could take over this game himself.
QB Aaron Murray
In Alabama's only loss this season, we saw them get beat through the air by Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel. If there is one spot that their extremely strong defense can be beat, that is it.
Georgia QB Aaron Murray likely wouldn't have the type of game that Manziel had, not being the threat on the ground that he is—nor does he have to. Murray needs to manage the game and take care of the ball for this Georgia offense.
It is worth noting that his two worst games of the year came against South Carolina and Florida, two very good SEC teams. However, based on the rest of his season, the ability is clearly there.
If Murray can have a good game in managing his offense against the stout Alabama defense, he could give the Bulldogs a great chance at a BCS Championship game berth.
Despite Georgia being a significant underdog in this game, they certainly have several impact players of note. Alabama will no doubt be game-planning around these three in particular.
If John Jenkins, Jarvis Jones and Aaron Murray play like they have shown they are capable of, Georgia could pull off the upset.
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