Five keys for Dogs

The Georgia Bulldogs must focus on five key points in Saturday’s game against Coastal Carolina.

IMPROVE IMPROVE IMPROVE

Georgia coaches and players have said this week that the focus hasn’t been so much on the Football Championship Subdivision opponent that will line up against it as much as it has been on improving on what the Bulldogs do. Most everybody in the stadium expects the team from the Southeastern Conference to beat the Big South squad today, but doing it while looking impressive will make the day more enjoyable for the home fans.

AVOID MORE COSTLY INJURIES

Losing Alec Ogletree for up to six weeks with a broken bone in the foot was painful enough for Georgia. Then another starting inside linebacker, leading tackler Christian Robinson, is out for probably three games with an injured foot of his own. The Bulldogs are already thin in depth at some spots. The team needs all the horses in its stable when it returns to SEC play next week.

GIVE YOUNGSTERS VALUABLE SNAPS

The Boise State and South Carolina losses haven’t offered a chance for Georgia to play many of its unproven players. Today should provide that opportunity. Whether players like freshman outside linebacker Ray Drew or freshmen offensive linemen Watts Dantzler and David Andrews make their Bulldogs’ debuts remains to be seen.

MAKE CROWELL’S FIRST START COUNT

Freshman tailback Isaiah Crowell will earn more touches in pivotal games. First, Crowell needs to run hard and master his assignments today, then gain yards and make way for the backups in the second half. This should be the first of many starts to come for the talented Columbus product.

DON’T BE CARELESS WITH BALL

South Carolina scored 21 points last week off an interception returned for a touchdown, a fumble returned for a touchdown and a touchdown set up by a long fumble return. One way Coastal Carolina can stay in the game is if the Bulldogs again provide giveaways. Georgia is tied for 75th in the nation in turnover margin. Not where the Bulldogs want to be.

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