published Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Georgia wary with Yellow Jackets heating up

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    Georgia inside linebacker Alec Ogletree.
    Jimmy Cribb

ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia is improving against the triple-option offense, having given up 34 points to Georgia Tech in 2010, 17 to the Yellow Jackets last season and 14 to Georgia Southern last week.

So are the Bulldogs more comfortable defending it?

"I don't want to make any predictions," coach Mark Richt said Tuesday. "Georgia Tech is averaging 47 points over the last three or four games. They are just so explosive that I just don't how we are going to handle it."

The Yellow Jackets have rushed for more yards than any Bowl Subdivision team since the start of the 2008 season and are averaging 324.9 rushing yards a game this year. In the past two weeks against North Carolina and Duke, they have racked up a combined 110 points and 710 rushing yards while throwing for 327 yards and four touchdowns.

"We had a great week last week, and we've just got to have an even better week," senior inside linebacker Christian Robinson said. "They've got bigger linemen and better skill position, and seeing what we did last week, they're going to have everything ready to go and will unleash it at one time."

Said junior inside linebacker Amarlo Herrera: "It's a different type of atmosphere this week than it was last week."

The big downside

Should the Bulldogs win their next three games, they would be state, SEC and national champions. Georgia could capture the league regardless of what happens Saturday, but losing to the Yellow Jackets would eliminate the Bulldogs from a shot at the BCS title.

"Not to get negative, because I'd like to stay positive, but it could be horrible," Robinson said. "It could be everything we didn't want this season to be about. People would pile on everything negative they could think about, but we can't focus on that.

"We have an opponent coming in here that probably hates us more than any other opponent, and it's probably mutual."

King and princess

When senior receiver Tavarres King runs out Saturday before his final game at Sanford Stadium, he will be greeted by family members, including 4-year-old daughter McKenzie. King doesn't believe his daughter will grasp the special moment, but he appreciates the time he can share with her away from football.

"She's a Disney Princess, so we're Princess and the Frogging it and stuff like that," he said. "It's fun, and it's very different."

Odds and ends

The Bulldogs lead the series 62-37-5 according to Georgia records and 62-39-5 according to Tech records. ... Jarvis Jones is among five finalists for the Butkus Award, given to the nation's top linebacker. Jones is joined by Oregon's Dion Jordan, LSU's Kevin Minter, Alabama's C.J. Mosley and Notre Dame's Manti Te'o, with Jones and Te'o finalists for a second straight year. ... Freshman tailback Keith Marshall (shoulder bruise) was limited in Tuesday's practice ... King on the speculation that Alabama and Notre Dame will play for the national title: "That's great that everybody thinks that. Good for them. We haven't even played yet. Stuff like that is funny to me." ... Georgia picked up its 28th commitment for 2013 Tuesday from Brendan Langley, a 6-foot-1, 188-pound cornerback from Marietta, Ga. Langley, rated the No. 29 corner nationally by Rivals.com, switched his pledge from South Carolina.

Contact David Paschall at dpaschall@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6524.

about David Paschall...

David Paschall is a sports writer for the Times Free Press. He started at the Chattanooga Free Press in 1990 and was part of the Times Free Press when the paper started in 1999. David covers University of Georgia football, as well as SEC football recruiting, SEC basketball, Chattanooga Lookouts baseball and other sports stories. He is a Chattanooga native and graduate of the Baylor School and Auburn University. David has received numerous honors for ...

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