Nebraska enters the CapitalOne Bowl as an 11 point underdog to the Georgia Bulldogs. Georgia has playmakers at almost every position on the field. Here is the list of five players Nebraska can’t let have a big day today.
Aaron Murray, Quarterback #11: Murray is a junior who may be in his last season at Georgia if he decides to join a weak quarterback class in the NFL Daft. The CapitalOne Bowl may be his last NFL audition. Murray has finished this season with 31 touchdowns to just 8 interceptions. The strong point of Nebraska’s defense all season has been the secondary. They have to have a big day to keep Murray in check.
Todd Gurley, Running Back #3: Although just a freshman, Gurley is the feature back in a stable of multi talented running backs for the Dogs. He has rushed for 1,260 yards, and is averaging 6 yards a carry. He has had 8 games where he has rushed for over 100 yards, including in the SEC Championship game against No. 2 Alabama. If Nebraska want’s to heal it’s wounds from the Big 10 Championship game, stopping Gurley has to be priority number 1.
Keith Marshall, Running Back #4: A fellow freshman, Marshall has been the number two option in the Georgia rushing attack. He has rushed for 723 yards, and is a tackle breaking machine. He is averaging 6.6 yards a carry. Nebraska’s front four are going to have to have a big day to contain these two talented underclassmen.
Jarvis Jones, Linebacker #29: Many people consider Jones the best defensive prospect since former Ole’ Miss linebacker, and current San Francisco 49er, Patrick Willis. Jones has 22.5 tackles for loss this season. He can, and will line up at different spots on the field on Saturday. He plays linebacker and occasionally comes up and puts his hand on the ground at the defensive end spot. It will be Nebraska Quarterback Taylor Martinez’s job to know where number 29 is at all times. It will be up to NU offensive coordinator Tim Beck to establish a run game, and to do so, it would be in his best interest to run away from Jones’ side of the field.
Alec Ogletree, Linebacker #9: Georgia without a doubt has the most stacked front 7 Nebraska has seen all year. The loss of defensive tackle Johnathan Jenkins is huge, but with the talent at linebacker the hole will be filled nicely. Ogletree is one of the best open-field tacklers in the country. He has 56 solo tackles this season, which is a tribute to his speed more than anything. It’s hard to be the fastest guy on this defense, but Ogletree can make a case for that just as well as anyone on the team. He will be flying all over the field, and has big play capabilities. He has 2 interceptions and 6 pass break ups on the season. Look for him to be covering Nebraska tight end Kyler Reed all day.
By Jimmie Allen
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