November 5, 2010

Preview: Idaho State at Georgia

WHEN: Saturday 12:30 p.m.

WHERE: Sanford Stadium

RECORD: Georgia 4-5; Idaho State 1-7

HEAD COACHES: Georgia - Mark Richt (94-32, 10th year); Idaho State - John Zamberlin (6-36, fourth year; 69-66 overall)


PLAYERS TO WATCH: Georgia - QB Aaron Murray (RFr., 6-0, 209), WR A.J. Green (Jr., 6-4, 212), RB Caleb King (Jr., 5-11, 217), TE Orson Charles (Soph., 6-3, 240), RB Caleb King (Jr., 5-11, 217), RB Washaun Ealey (Soph., 6-0, 212), RB Carlton Thomas (Soph., 5-7, 175), WR Tavarres King (RSoph., 6-0, 184), OL Clint Boling (Sr., 6-5, 315), K Blair Walsh (Jr., 5-10, 183), CB Sanders Commings (RSoph., 6-2, 212), LB Justin Houston (Jr., 6-3, 258), LB Darryl Gamble (Sr., 6-2, 250), LB Akeem Dent (Sr., 6-2, 233), LB Christian Robinson (RSoph., 6-2, 226), CB Brandon Boykin (Jr., 5-10, 183), S Bacarri Rambo (RSoph., 6-0, 211), S Jakar Hamilton (Jr., 6-2, 203), CB Vance Cuff (Sr., 5-11, 177), P Drew Butler (Jr., 6-2, 210). Idaho State - QB Russell Hill (Sr., 5-11, 193), RB Tavoy Moore (Jr., 5-7, 195), WR Kelvin Krosch (Jr., 6-5, 219), LT Brad Shedd (Jr., 6-7, 278), RG Braeden Clayson (Jr., 6-6, 308), RE Sean Rutten (Sr., 6-3, 226), DT Jordan Monga (Jr., 6-2, 256), SLB Jarrid Nash (Sr., 5-11, 236), MLB Basim Hudseen (Jr., 5-10, 230), WLB A.J. Storms (Jr., 6-0, 215), FS Chris Holmesly (Sr., 5-9, 193), RCB Keith McGowan (Sr., 5-9, 180).


Georgia has never faced a teams from the Big Sky Conference, including the Bengals, the third non-conference foe on the Bulldogs' schedule this season. Georgia is 1-1 thus far after topping Louisiana 55-7 in the season opener and falling to Colorado 29-27 in Boulder on Oct. 2. The Bulldogs will conclude the regular season with their annual matchup with the ACC's Georgia Tech in Athens on Nov. 27. Idaho State is led by Tavoy Moore, a 5-7, 195-pound junior from Long Beach, Calif., who broke his own school record for all-purpose yards in a game after gobbling up 323 against No. 12 Montana on Oct. 9. He became only the third player in Idaho State history to return a kickoff for 100-yards, and he also scampered 84 yards for a touchdown on a punt return later in the contest. He ranks among the NCAA FCS leaders in punt return average (20.2) and all-purpose yards (192.0). Moore is the first Big Sky football player in conference history to return a kickoff and punt return for touchdowns in two different games. Along with the Montana game, he did it against Northern Colorado. Moore previously set the school record for all-purpose yards with 318 at Northern Colorado earlier in the year. He is in his first season at ISU after playing two years at Cerritos College. Junior linebacker A.J. Storms, who has tallied 99 tackles in the fi rst eight contests, ranks among the nationalleaders in tackles per game. He is averaging 12.4 tackles, which ranks third in NCAA FCS.


The Bulldogs are expected to be without wide receiver Kris Durham who suffered a bruised lung last week against Florida. Also, linebacker Michael Gilliard is listed as questionable after injuring his hamstring two weeks ago.


With 22 kickoff return yards against Idaho State, junior Brandon Boykin will set a Georgia record for KOR yardage in a career. Boykin stands at 1,616 yards on 60 returns thanks in part to an SEC-record three 100-yard returns in his career. In addition to five tackles and the fi rst sack of his career versus the Gators, Boykin piled up 111 return yards. His performance was highlighted by a 51-yard return in the fourth quarter that set up the Bulldogs' final touchdown. In 2010, Boykin has 22 returns totaling 630 yards (28.6 yds/ret.) and is leading the SEC and No. 9 in the nation with an average of 28.6 yards per return.


Dent has registered 10 or more tackles in fi ve out of the last six games and has led Georgia in tackles during five of those contests. He managed a career-high 15 stops at Kentucky and is second in the league with 90 stops. With 100 tackles, Dent would become only the second player at UGA to tally more than 100 in a season over the last seven years (Rennie Curran-115-2008, 130-2009). Georgia's fifth INT of the year came from junior ILB Marcus Dowtin against CU. Dowtin reached double-figures
in tackles for the first time in his career after tallying 10 versus the Gators during his second straight start. Against South Carolina, sophomore outside linebacker Cornelius Washington posted a career-high in tackles. Washington had seven tackles and one tackle for loss.


The 30th anniversary of Georgiašs 1980 national championship team will be celebrated at halftime of this Saturday's Georgia-Idaho State game by recognizing head coach Vince Dooley and members of the team. The 1980 team was undefeated, untied and defeated Notre Dame in the 1981Sugar Bowl game to finish a 12-0 season. Dooley, who coached the team to the SEC and national championships, will be present along with numerous members of the team. Among those expected to attend include team captain Frank Ros (LB), offensive captain and All-SEC Nat Hudson (OG), defensive captain and All-SEC Jeff Hipp (DB), All-Americans Scott Woerner (DB) and Rex Robinson (PK), and All-SEC players Tim Morrison (OT), Buck Belue (QB), and Eddie Weaver (DL). Herschel Walker is not expected to be in attendance. Others being recognized during first half timeouts include the teams from 1940, 1950, 1960, 1970, 1985, 1990, and 2000.


Put it this way, if Georgia loses to Idaho State you might as well cancel the rest of the season. It won't happen. For once, the Bulldogs get to have some fun and bad some stats. PREDICTION: Georgia 55, Idaho State 10.

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