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Midseason review: Georgia

10/20/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

The wolves were howling pretty loudly in Athens last week. Georgia (4-3, 3-2) may have quieted them for a while with its 34-10 win over Vanderbilt on Saturday, but all eyes will now shift to that Florida game two weeks from now. The Bulldogs have a bye this week and can certainly use one. They’ve been their own worst enemy for much of this season with turnovers and penalties, and the defense has again struggled. Going back to last season, the Bulldogs have given up 37 or more points in eight of their last 16 games. The loss that stings the most to this point was the embarrassing 45-19 beating the Vols pinned on them two weeks ago. It’s the kind of loss, depending on what happens the rest of the way, that may force Mark Richt to take a long look at his staff at season’s end.

Offensive MVP: WR A.J. Green. The Bulldogs can thank their lucky stars for Green, who’s been spectacular. In a lot of ways, he’s been their only offense. Green has easily separated himself as the best receiver in the SEC and has made one clutch play after another for the Bulldogs. He leads the league with 41 catches, including six touchdowns, and is averaging 16.6 yards per catch. With 682 receiving yards, he’s more than 200 yards ahead of the next closest guy in the SEC.

Defensive MVP: LB Rennie Curran. He leads the SEC with 72 total tackles and has been one of the few bright spots on a defense that ranks 69th nationally in total defense. Curran is one of the better tacklers in the league and also had the play that saved Georgia in the South Carolina game. He came up and tipped away Stephen Garcia’s fourth-down pass in the end zone. Otherwise, the Bulldogs might be looking at a 3-4 record right now.