Appalachian State quarterback Kameron Bryant has averaged 315 passing yards the last three games in the Mountaineers multiple spread offense.
‚ÄúIf you want to compare them to anybody we‚Äôve played, you would say they‚Äôre very similar in style to Clemson,‚Äù Georgia coach Mark Richt said. ‚ÄúThey like to spread you out. They like to go very fast tempo.‚Äù
To mixed results.
They put up 28 and 38 points he last two games against Chattanooga and Georgia Southern, but just 10 in back-to-back losses to Samford and Furman in October.
Appalachian State uses three and four receiver sets, which means Georgia will lean heavily on its nickel defense.
Damian Swann has manned the star position since Josh Harvey-Clemons had a foot injury against Vanderbilt, but both could play there. The star is matched up on a slot receiver.
‚ÄúThey‚Äôve got a good quarterback and they‚Äôve got a couple of receivers that can make plays on the ball,‚Äù Georgia inside linebacker Amarlo Herrera said.
Andrew Peacock (Southern Conference-leading 57 catches for 507 yards and two touchdowns) and Tony Washington (46 catches for 637 yards and two touchdowns) are the top receiving threats.
‚ÄúAt any level, guys are going to have wideouts, skill guys because there‚Äôs an abundance of wideouts,‚Äù Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said. ‚ÄúAny time you can get those guys in space, size is not as big of an issue. No matter who you play they‚Äôre going to have skill guys that can catch the ball and make a guy miss in space. Leverage is important, running to the ball is important and doing those things so we‚Äôll have to be ready.‚Äù
Bryant has completed 73.2 percent of his passes for 2,001 yards with 11 touchdowns and 3 interceptions and leads the Southern Conference in passing efficiency.
‚ÄúYou‚Äôve got to find a few formations that maybe give you an advantage so you can kind of isolate a few guys and get some one-on-one matchups and hope you can win that battle,‚Äù Appalachian State coach Scott Satterfield said. ‚ÄúIf we try to line up two tight ends and two running backs and try to power up, we‚Äôre not going to be too successful with that. We have to spread them out a little more than most teams in the SEC would do against them to try to give our kids a chance to make some plays.‚Äù