Jadeveon Clowney will certainly get Georgia‚Äôs attention, but the Bulldogs also will have to contend with other guys on the Gamecocks‚Äô defensive.
The other starting defensive end, senior Chaz Sutton, has six career sacks.
Clowney didn‚Äôt put up big numbers in South Carolina‚Äôs 35-7 beatdown of Georgia last year: four tackles, two tackles for loss, a sack and no hurries or forced fumbles.
Just his presence, though, can impact a game like few others.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôre going to have to do some different things against him, but he beats double teams he beats chips, if you‚Äôve got somebody chipping, if you‚Äôve got somebody cutting, he jumps over it,‚Äù offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said. ‚ÄúThe guy‚Äôs a great player. We‚Äôre going to have to know where he is, but at the same time, we‚Äôve got to play ball. We‚Äôve got to man up and play ball and whatever we decide to do on that play to handle him, the guy or guys have to do their job. And if he beats us we‚Äôve got to hold onto the ball. We can‚Äôt let him do something that can alter the game.‚Äù
Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray could think of one other player he‚Äôs faced that demands as much attention as Clowney.
‚ÄúThe dude from Auburn a couple of years ago, [Nick] Fairley, that guy,‚Äù Murray said. ‚ÄúHe was very similar in being able to affect the game.‚Äù
Georgia coach Mark Richt harkened back to the days of defensive tackle Warren Sapp playing for Miami in the early 1990s when Richt was at Florida State to find a player that impacted the game like Clowney
‚ÄúYou couldn‚Äôt do anything with him,‚Äù Richt said. ‚ÄúYou could get your plan but he still was going to blow things up because he was just that good.‚Äù
Left tackle Kenarious Gates, who faced Clowney last year, is approaching Clowney likes he does other opponents.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôre Georgia,‚Äù Gates said. ‚ÄúWe have a powerful offense. ‚Ä¶We‚Äôre not trying to run away from this player or that player. We‚Äôre just going to do what we do.‚Äù
Offensive tackles Kolton Houston and John Theus will be called on to slow down Sutton and Clowney, too.
‚ÄúI just want guys to play hard and get after it,‚Äù offensive line coach Will Friend said.