Preview: Georgia vs. Florida (at Jacksonville)
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Urban Meyeris in his sixth season at Florida with a record of 61-13 (.824) and 10th overall with a record of 100-21 (.826). The Gators’ offensive coordinator is Steve Addazio and the defensive coordinator is Teryl Austin.
Mark Richt is in his 10th season at Georgia and overall with a record of 94-31 (.752). The Bulldogs’ offensive coordinator is Mike Bobo and Todd Grantham serves as the defensive coordinator.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN FLORIDA HAS THE BALL
John Brantley has completed 125 of 208 passes (62.0 percent) for 1,266 yards and six touchdowns with five interceptions for a passer rating of 117.9. Trey Burton has scored a touchdown on nine of his 52 offensive touches (not including pass attempts) this season. Jeff Demps leads the Gators with 482 rushing yards through seven games, averaging 6.5 yards per carry. Deonte Thompson leads the UF receiving corps with 25 receptions for 353 yards (14.1 avg.), an average of 50.4 yards per game. In SEC play, Carl Moore has 15 catches for 256 yards (17.1 avg.).
Junior DeAngelo Tyson has started seven games at nose for Georgia this season. He posted a career-high five tackles against UK, including half a sack. Also versus the Wildcats, senior DE Kiante Tripp, who has played OL and TE in his career, tallied a careerbest four tackles with 2.5 tackles for loss. Thanks to 5.5 more sacks in his last three games, junior OLB Justin Houston remains the SEC leader with 9.0. Houston is also second in the conference in tackles for loss (14.5) after exploding for 3.5 TFLs at UK. Houston also added a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and 2.5 sacks against the Wildcats. Akeem Dent managed a career-high 15 stops at Kentucky and is second in the league with 77 stops.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN GEORGIA HAS THE BALL
Justin Trattou has tallied a career high nine tackles in back-to-back games and has six tackles for loss during SEC play. A.J. Jones has 32 tackles, including three tackles for loss, and two pass breakups this season, while Brandon Hicks has 16 tackles and 1.5 sacks. Jonathan Bostic has three interceptions this season, tying for the team lead. Ahmad Black has led the team in tackles four times this season, tallying a career-best 13 against LSU, a then-personal-high 12 vs. Miami, 10 in the Mississippi State game and eight against USF. He leads the team for the season with 60 tackles, including three for loss.
For the first time in history, the Bulldogs have scored more than 40 points in three straight SEC games during a trio of victories. Washaun Ealey set a new school record with five rushing touchdowns in a game against Kentucky. On a career-high 28 carries, Ealey had 157 yards versus the Wildcats, which marked the third 100-yard game of his career. Kris Durham was the leading receiver in each of the first three games while A.J. Green was out and is the team leader in 2010. He has 22 catches for 453 yards and two touchdown on the year.
Demps leads the SEC with a 32.5-yard kick return average (min. five). He has returned eight kicks for 260 yards with a long of 54. He had a kickoff return of 40-plus yards in each of the first three games this season. Andre Debose recorded an 88-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against LSU. Chas Henry leads the nation in yards per punt with a 49.3 average (min. 15 punts). He also has helped the Gators to the best net punting average in the nation at 44.6 yards.
Junior cornerback Brandon Boykin sped to his fourth kickoff return for a touchdown (third 100-yard return) in his career to tie an SEC record against Kentucky. So far in 2010, Drew Butler has averaged 45.5 yards on 33 punts, 11 that went for 50+. Blair Walsh is now 14-for-17 on FGs for the year and 49-for-62 in his career. He missed his first extra point of his career at Kentucky after making 119 straight.
Record: UG, 47-39-2
The Georgia-Florida series began in 1904, a 52-0 Bulldog win in Macon... Georgia leads the series 47-39-2, including 40-37-1 in Jacksonville...The last UGA win was 2007, where the Georgia’s defense sacked Tim Tebow six times in that matchup... The game may most be remembered for the Bulldogs’ on-field celebration following the first of three Knowshon Moreno touchdown runs... After Georgia dominated the 1980s by going 9-1 in the series, the Gators are 17-3 over the last 20 seasons.
The game will be broadcast on CBS beginning at 3:30 p.m. eastern.