ATHENS — Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett is anticipated to begin at Auburn after taking the overwhelming majority of first-team offensive reps this week with JT Daniels recovering from a strained lat muscle.
Bennett has began two video games this season and appeared in 4 for the No. 2-ranked Bulldogs (5-0), who enter at present’s rivalry sport with No. 18-ranked Auburn (4-1) as a 15-point favourite.
RELATED: UGA legend Eric Zeier shares his reward, issues about Stetson Bennett
Georgia coach Kirby Smart has allowed that he may make a “game-time decision” final week, however Smart additionally stated that the observe reps weighed closely in participant availability.
Regardless of who’s beneath middle, UGA’s dominant protection — first within the nation in scoring protection, whole protection and move effectivity protection, and fourth in run protection — is what permits Georgia coach Kirby Smart and Bulldogs’ followers to breathe simpler.
RELATED: Georgia linebacker Adam Anderson targets Auburn offense, once more
The quarterback place has been unsettled with Smart pressured to rotate on the place to the extent Daniels has performed solely 9 of 20 quarters this season.
Bennett, who earned No. 2 QB duties with sturdy sport and observe performances, is coming off an environment friendly effort in final Saturday’s 37-0 win over Arkansas at Sanford Stadium.
Auburn shall be totally different, and it’s price noting Bennett shall be working with redshirt freshman middle Sedrick Van Pran, who has additionally not handled a hostile, loud crowd.
RELATED: The plan for JT Daniels, and why Stetson Bennett almost left
The second main problem is the Tigers’ defensive entrance is extra geared to cease the run than Arkansas’. That means Bennett will doubtless be requested to make extra throws than in final week’s sport in opposition to the Razorbacks, which was in hand early after UGA constructed a 21-0 first-quarter lead.
Arkansas performed a three-down entrance that invited the Bulldogs to run, and that’s precisely what Smart and offensive coordinator Todd Monken directed their troops to do.
Bennett was 7-of-11 passing for 72 yards and had 3 carries for 16 yards together with a nifty 9-yard, first-down scramble.
The Georgia operating backs, in the meantime, break up up the opposite 53 carries and netted 257 yards between them, Zamir White main the way in which with 16 makes an attempt for 68. yards.
The Bulldogs will look to determine the run as soon as once more, however Smart is aware of it may very well be extra of a problem.
“They can stop the run, and they can run the ball offensively,” Smart stated this week. “Not as many bad things can happen when you are running it and stopping the run.”
The third main problem is that Bennett might need to rely extra on his operating backs as pass-catching targets together with the Bulldogs’ tight ends.
Smart has indicated the Georgia receiving corps is coping with accidents and stated on his present that some is likely to be pressured to line up in numerous positions.
RELATED: Kirby shares three greatest issues for Auburn sport, accidents high listing
George Pickens (knee) is anticipated to be out, and Arian Smith (shin), Dominick Blaylock (hamstring), Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint (ankle) and Kearis Jackson (knee) may very well be restricted or may not play in any respect.
It doesn’t depart Bennett a lot to work with on the perimeter, and that would enable Auburn to clamp down and apply extra stress.
Bennett led Georgia over Auburn final season 27-6 in his first profession begin at UGA, finishing 17 of 28 passes for 240 yards and a landing with no interceptions.