Georgia faces Florida once again. The good news is that the Bulldogs are coming off an off week where they can have a chance to rest and get healthy and have extra time to prepare for their opponent. The bad news is that the Gators are coming off an off week as well.
Mark Richt is 12-4 after an off week and 1-1 against Florida in those games. All-time the Bulldogs are 3-3 against the Gators following that open date and here are those games, results and a little more.
1938: Won 19-6 - Head Coach Joel Hunt's only season benefits from 13 4th qtr points to break a 6-6 tie
1987: Won 23-10 - Georgia out-rushed Florida 306 rush yards to 42
1990: Lost 38-7
1991: Lost 45-13
2007: Won 42-30 -Sparked by freshman Knowshon Moreno's 188 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns
2009: Lost 31-17
This is Georgia's first off week of the season. Some seasons Georgia has had more than one off week. Here is what the Bulldogs have done the last 5 seasons the game following their off week.
2006: defeated Georgia Tech 15-12
2007: defeated Florida 42-30
2008: defeated Tennessee 26-14
lost to Georgia Tech 45-42
2009: lost to Florida 41-17
2010: defeated Georgia Tech 42-34
A lot of individual stats after the Vanderbilt game came in last week's article which can be found here but if you want some new ones here they are.
Aaron Murray has 46 career touchdowns, 40 through the air and 6 of them on the ground. His total of 46 is tied for 6th all-time in TD responsibility. The other members on the list are pretty impressive if you ask me.
This will be Isaiah Crowell's first chance to run against the Florida Gators. Currently, Crowell is not in the top-5 on Georgia's freshman rush yard list, but he is gaining. Here is the top-5 and their season total and what they did the first time they faced the Gators.
|Season Rush Yards
||Frosh Season vs UF
|Herschel Walker ||1,616
|Knowshon Moreno ||1,334
|Keith Henderson ||731
On defense Georgia will benefit by getting linebackers Alec Ogletree and Cornelius Washington back. All together the Dawgs have started 8 different players in the linebacker position in their first 7 games. Here are those players and how many starts they have had.
Speaking of Jarvis Jones, he was just named 1 of 12 semifinalists for the Butkus Award which is given to the nation's best linebacker. A Georgia Bulldog has never won this award. As of now, he is 1 of 3 SEC players to make it this far. Jones is currently tied for 2nd for most tackles for loss in the SEC with 10. Only Upshaw has more with 11, but then again, Alabama has played in 8 games compared to Georgia's 7.
Tackles for loss is something that Georgia has done a lot this year. The Junkyard Dawg defense appears to be back, especially in this category. Under Mark Richt, this season's squad has averaged the 2nd most tackles for loss per game during the season. Only the 2002 SEC Champion team had more. Here is a season-by-season total.
| ||Tackles for Loss ||Games
||Per Game Total|
Former linebacker John Brantley (not the Gator quarterback), the tackling machine for the Bulldogs back in the 1980's will be inducted into the Georgia/Florida Hall of Fame this weekend. Brantley led the Bulldogs with 7 tackles in the upset of the #1 ranked Gators back in 1985. That tackle number seems low compared to 415 tackles he had in his career which ranks 4th all-time on the Georgia Bulldog list. Here is the top-5 in Bulldog career tackles.
The other player to be inducted for Georgia is Bill Saye. In the 1954 game, he had 2 interceptions and a fumble recovery not to mention a blocked extra point which turned out to be the difference in a 14-13 victory over the Gators.
Blair Walsh tied his career-high with 4 field goals in the last game against Vanderbilt and broke his career-best when he totaled 15 points. Walsh has connected with at least 1 field goal in a game 40 times in his career. Only former Bulldog Billy Bennett connected in more games with 43.
One more interesting thing I noticed when I was looking over the Georgia and Florida rosters. Since when did the number 6 jersey become something that big guys like to wear? I always thought running backs, wide receivers and defensive backs wore that number. There are 5 players in the SEC that don't fit that mold and I use the term fit loosely. Here are those 5 players and their weights.
|Georgia Defensive Lineman: John Jenkins||351 pounds|
|Florida Defensive Lineman: Jaye Howard ||303 pounds|
|South Carolina Defensive Lineman: Melvin Ingram||276 pounds|
|Arkansas Tight End: Colton Miles-Nash||261 pounds|
|Vanderbilt Tight End: Brandon Barden ||246 pounds|
Since a lot of teams have double numbers there are 13 other players in the SEC who also wear number 6. The average weight of those 13 players is 193 pounds. Georgia's other number 6 is backup quarterback Michael Tamburo who tips the scales at 196 pounds.