Pregame blitz: Who has the edge

Published: Friday, November 1, 2002 at 4:54 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, November 1, 2002 at 4:54 p.m.

  • QUARTERBACK: The 'Dogs have an excellent one-two punch in David Greene and D.J. Shockley. Greene is a pinpoint passer who has a knack for making plays, while Shockley can run and throw equally well. For UF, Rex Grossman is coming out of his slump and has a chance to put together a strong finish. EDGE: EVEN.

  • RUNNING BACK: If Musa Smith, who missed the Kentucky game with an injured thumb, is healthy, and the UGA coaches say he is, the 'Dogs should have a solid running game. If he's not, UGA will rely on the pass. Earnest Graham and Ran Carthon have done a nice job sharing the tailback job for the Gators and Graham is close to 100 percent after struggling with a sprained ankle the past month. EDGE: FLORIDA.

  • RECEIVERS: Terrence Edwards is having an All-American season for the Bulldogs and has become the SEC's most dangerous receiver, but he might have a problem if Fred Gibson (injured thumb) isn't effective. Taylor Jacobs is having a big year for the Gators, but he's not getting consistent help from the other UF receivers. EDGE: EVEN.

  • OFFENSIVE LINE: The Bulldogs rolled up more than 500 yards of offense without All-SEC tackle Jon Stinchcomb last week. He's back and the 'Dogs are very formidable up front. The Gators have been strong early in games, but with a lack of depth, the big guys have gotten tired in the second half. EDGE: GEORGIA.

  • DEFENSIVE LINE: Led by end David Pollack, whose motor never stops, and tackle Jonathan Sullivan, the 'Dogs have consistently come up with big plays and sacks. Despite having solid depth, the Gators have struggled on the DL in recent games, but should benefit from the return of end Marcus Oquendo-Johnson. EDGE: GEORGIA.

  • LINEBACKER: The Gators have been solid since Bam Hardmon was moved from the outside to middle linebacker, but the Gators had problems stopping the run in the second half against Auburn two weeks ago. Boss Bailey is having a big year in the middle for the 'Dogs and this is a very fast, athletic group. EDGE: GEORGIA.

  • SECONDARY: The 'Dogs were seriously tested for the first time last Saturday against Kentucky and played well after getting off to a shaky start agaisnt Jared Lorenzen. The Gators clearly missed safety Todd Johnson against Auburn, which exploited the Gators deep. With Johnson back, this is a very solid group that will be severely tested by the 'Dog passing game. EDGE: FLORIDA.

  • SPECIAL TEAMS: The 'Dogs received a blow earlier in the week when return specialist Damien Gary underwent surgery that may sideline him for the season. But UGA's special teams remain a strength. The Gators are coming off their best performance of the season against Auburn. EDGE: GEORGIA.

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