The Alabama Crimson Tide is historically known for having a roster full of talent at all levels, and this year is no different. In order for Georgia to win the SEC Championship trophy on Saturday, there are a few players they will need to watch out for during the four quarters.
Jameson Williams, WR
When it comes to the wide receiver position, Alabama has been one of the best, if not the best colleges to develop talent in that position into NFL-caliber players. Last year, they watched DVenota Smith win the Heisman Trophy after one of the best seasons ever for a wide receiver. This year, Alabama’s go-to man has been the Ohio State junior transfer.
In 12 games this year, Williams has 61 receptions for 1,261 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also leads the team in average yards per reception at 20.7, and he leads that stat by a good margin. When Alabama needs a big game, most of the time they’re going to look for the No.1 path. If Georgia is to slow Tide’s passing attack, they’ll have to start by minimizing the number of hits. that Williams gets.
Will Anderson Jr., LB
Anderson this season has been the heart and soul of Alabama’s defense. The second-year linebacker from Hampton, Ga. Continued to be a major problem for any attacking opponent. With 25.5 tackles for a loss and 13 sacks this season, Georgia will have her hands full trying to keep him out of the backfield.
While Alabama may not be playing up to the standard when it comes to defense, they are by no means in good shape because Anderson did not do their part. He leads the SEC in the sacks and is a true playmaker Georgia will need to maintain to be successful on offense. Keeping him out of play for four quarters is an unrealistic expectation, but the Bulldogs will need to know where No.31 is on the field at all times.
Bryce Young, QB
Unsurprisingly, the Alabama quarterback is a player Georgia will need to maintain if they are to defeat the Crimson Tide. He’s the current favorite to win the Heisman and for good reason. Young this season threw for 3,901 yards, 40 touchdowns and a 69% completion rate. He also does an exceptional job protecting football as he has only thrown four interceptions this year.
In order to slow down a player like Bryce Young, Georgia is going to have to apply constant pressure on his dropbacks and force him to feel uncomfortable in the pocket. This season has shown that if you let Young stay in the pocket and advance his readings, he will tear your defense apart. Slowing down a Heisman candidate is easier said than done, but Georgia are going to have to put something in place on defense to keep Young from making the big plays he’s been used to doing all season.
Like any other matchup against Alabama, the Bulldogs are going to get anything they can ask for. If they want to play a role in ending Bama’s playoffs, hopes he’ll have to start by playing down the games the three names listed above make on Saturday. If they do, then Georgia will be in good shape for a victory in the SEC Championship game.
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