Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray and receivers vs. Tennessee secondary
In his last two Southeastern Conference games, Aaron Murray garnered national offensive player of the week nods.
A Tennessee secondary that starts two sophomores and a freshman will be under the gun against the nation‚Äôs ninth-ranked passing offense.
‚ÄúThe great quarterbacks have the ability to defeat tight coverage and throw it in there,‚Äù Tennessee coach Butch Jones said. ‚ÄúMurray can defeat tight coverage. That‚Äôs what makes him a special player. He‚Äôs poised and he‚Äôs in control.‚Äù
Murray leads the SEC in passing efficiency (191.1) and is 100 passing yards away from becoming the SEC‚Äôs career leader in that category.
Tennessee is allowing 249.8 yards per game through the air, 82nd nationally, but is third in the SEC in pass efficiency defense (114.71). Murray is fourth in the nation with 345 passing yards per game.
‚ÄúIf you get too aggressive with the run then they can hurt you outside with the receivers that they have,‚Äù Tennessee defensive coordinator John Jancek said.
Chris Conley (15 catches, 254 yards), Justin Scott-Wesley (14 for 289), Michael Bennett (13 for 162) and tight end Arthur Lynch (11 for 169) each have two touchdown catches.
‚ÄúThey do a great job of creating one-on-one matchups with their skill,‚Äù Jones told reporters in Knoxville this week. ‚ÄúWe know we‚Äôre going to get challenged deep with some post routes and some double move routes and some vertical routes. We have to play disciplined football. It comes down to winning your one-on-one matchups.‚Äù
Tennessee has won its share of those. Its 11 interceptions are tied with Virginia Tech for most in the nation.
‚ÄúI see a hungry group that gets excited when they make a play,‚Äù Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said.
Safety Brian Randolph has a team-leading three, including one that sealed the win last week.
‚ÄúIf I‚Äôm not on my game and I‚Äôm not as accurate as I need to be, they‚Äôre going to make plays on the ball,‚Äù Murray said.
Freshman Cameron Sutton from Jonesboro had three pass breakups and seven tackles against South Alabama last week.
‚ÄúThey went after him and he knows that,‚Äù Jones said. ‚Äú‚Ä¶ He‚Äôs an individual who has earned the right to play, but he‚Äôs also an individual who is playing out of necessity and he‚Äôs taking the most of his opportunity. This week he‚Äôs going to be challenged and this is where Georgia is going to hurt you. You could be in great man to man coverage and they throw the fade stop and they‚Äôve won, you know the back shoulder throw. They‚Äôve mastered that so you can‚Äôt be right.‚Äù