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Although the offensive line was less than stellar, Aaron Murray was at least partly responsible for a couple of his six sacks against Boise State. Murray needs to speed up his progressions and get rid of the ball faster if Georgia is going to have a chance against a speedy South Carolina defense.
Murray also needs to do a better job of feeling pressure, getting out of the pocket and making something happen when pressure comes. It would be interesting to see offensive coordinator Mike Bobo call some designed rollouts to give the deceptively speedy Murray a run/pass option and the chance to make some plays with his legs.
Somebody is going to have to step up at wide receiver, big time.
Tavarres King and Marlon Brown were a complete non-factor against Boise State. King had one catch for three yards, while Brown had three catches for 12 yards. True freshman Malcolm Mitchell did have a 51-yard touchdown reception, but other than that, there was absolutely zero production from wide receivers.
Mitchell displayed playmaking ability, but is not yet completely comfortable with the entire offense. Look for Bobo to try to get him the ball on simple plays, like quick slants and wide receiver screens.
True freshman Isaiah Crowell had a decent first showing with 60 yards, and Crowell ran best out of the I-formation. He displayed good vision and patience when he hit the holes, and was physical, getting yards after contact. If Georgia can establish a running game out of the I, it will open up the play-action pass for Murray to go downfield.
Crowell still needs work on pass-blocking assignments and will have to protect his quarterback better against South Carolina than he did against Boise.
Junior Carlton Thomas will return this week after serving a one-game suspension for a team rules violation. Look for Thomas to get plenty of touches after Richard Samuel’s lack of production against Boise. Samuel rushed for only 12 yards on seven carries in the season-opener.