Georgia Football: Isaiah McKenzie’s Story, Injury Update, Big Test for Hutson Mason – Daily Dose of Dawg
Isaiah McKenzie: An Emerging Star
Before Saturday, the last punt return for a touchdown the Bulldogs had was in the 2012 Outback Bowl by Brandon Boykin. Isaiah McKenzie ended the scoreless drought this week against the Troy Trojans, and it was quite impressive:
Anthony Dasher of Rivals.com caught up with McKenzie and wrote a really good piece on him here. Also in this article, somebody on the Bulldogs’ defense gave Tennessee some bulletin board material.
Injury Notes and Some Quick Hits
For the third game this season, the Bulldog offense will be without three of their receivers: Malcolm Mitchell, Justin Scott-Wesley, and Jonathan Rumph. I’d love to have them back for this game, but that really looks like it’s not happening. Mark Richt is optimistic, though, that they’ll return against Vanderbilt. Georgia will also be without back-up running back, Keith Marshall, but as we’ve seen this season, that doesn’t seem to be that big of a deal.
Injury update and other notes here.
Battle to Watch On Saturday: Hutson Mason vs. Tennessee Secondary
As I’ve expressed in a few articles and on the SEC Preview Podcast, I really don’t have a ton of faith in Hutson Mason to go out and win games with his arm. From what he’s shown so far, he is a very average quarterback with, honestly, a below average arm. Thankfully, against Tennessee, I don’t think we need an Aaron Murray or Matthew Stafford. I think Georgia will have a ton of success running the ball and could easily win this game with Hutson only throwing for 150 yards again. For this week at least, I think he needs to keep doing exactly what he’s doing which is not turning the ball over.
IF Tennessee is able to stop the rushing attack of Georgia, things could get interesting. Tennessee actually has a pretty good secondary, and with the exception of Oklahoma, has held all of their opponents to under 200 yards passing. Let’s hope Todd Gurley and co. get things going early so we won’t have to pass it, but if we do, Hutson will need to step up and prove to us that he’s a lot better than he’s shown so far.
Story on Mason and Tennessee’s pass defense here.
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