SEC Championship Game: Georgia Players to Watch vs. Alabama

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IDecember 1, 2012

JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 27:  Aaron Murray #11 of the Georgia Bulldogs attempts a pass during the game against the Florida Gators at EverBank Field on October 27, 2012 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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If Georgia hopes to upset Alabama on Saturday, some key players will have to step up on both offense and defense.

Whether it be a dangerous gunslinger or a disruptive defensive force, the Bulldogs have the stars to make it a game against the No. 2 Crimson Tide in the SEC Championship Game.

So let us look ahead to the most ferocious Bulldogs to watch on CBS as the action kicks off at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday.


Aaron Murray, QB

Aaron Murray has been fantastic this season for Georgia. He's averaging 10.0 yards per pass attempt (the best mark in the nation, via, and he's tossed 30 touchdowns to seven interceptions.

Ever since a rough game against Florida, Murray has tossed 13 touchdowns with zero interceptions.

The junior faces an Alabama defense that has allowed 5.7 yards per pass attempt (tied for 10th in the nation) while giving up just six passing touchdowns and notching 16 interceptions.


Jarvis Jones, LB

Jarvis Jones has been a beast this season. He's registered 19.5 tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks, both of which are good for third-most in the SEC.

If it wasn't for Jones, Georgia could have easily lost to Florida on Oct. 27. Instead, Jones racked up 13 tackles (4.5 tackles for loss) and three sacks. He also forced a fumble with Florida just a few yards away from what would have been a critical touchdown. 

The junior will be a handful for Alabama's offensive line.


Todd Gurley, RB

Todd Gurley is the lead back in a rushing attack that has averaged 190.1 yards per game this season, which is 39th in the nation.

The freshman has rushed for 1,138 yards and 14 touchdowns, and scampered for 118 yards and a touchdown in the win over Florida.

A lot of people center on Aaron Murray, but Gurley has been sensational this season.


Keith Marshall, RB

Keith Marshall is Gurley's partner-in-crime.

The freshman isn't used a whole lot, but he makes the most of his opportunities. He's rushed for 720 yards and eight touchdowns on 6.7 yards per carry this season and he's had three 100-yard games.

He will work in tandem with Gurley on Saturday in hopes of finding holes in the sterling Alabama defense.


Alec Ogletree, LB

Alec Ogletree has combined with Jones this season to create a devastating combination in the linebacking corps. 

The junior has racked up 87 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, two sacks and one interception since serving a four-game suspension at the beginning of the season.

Ogletree has really stepped up in the past four games, posting a combined 48 tackles, two sacks and an interception.


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