September 10, 2009
Hayes' hot seat: Five under pressure in Week One - Matt Hayes - College Football - Sporting News
2. Georgia quarterback Joe Cox
I'm willing to give Joey C. (no relation to Joey T.) another game after last week's H1N1 (or whatever they're calling it these days)-induced performance against Oklahoma State.
Frankly, I'm pretty sure UGA coach Mark Richt, who has won a few games in Athens, knows what he's doing. Maybe a fully rested, completely healthy Cox plays big against South Carolina's athletic defense.
But if Cox struggles again this week at home, it's time to break out freshman Aaron Murray. Richt did the same thing in 2006 when career backup/good guy (ring a bell?) Joe Tereshinski struggled early in his I've-waited-four-years-to-finally-start season, and the Bulldogs went to Matthew Stafford.
I'm not saying Murray—a heralded recruit—is at the same level as Stafford (he's clearly not), but he has the physical tools to stretch the offense beyond short to intermediate throws. If you can't throw it deep, you take away your best threat on offense (WR A.J. Green).
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