The One Player Georgia Needs To Contain on Saturday

The One Player Georgia Needs To Contain on Saturday

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The One Player Georgia Needs To Contain on Saturday


From quarterback Tua Tagovailoa to wide receiver Jerry Jeudy to linebacker Dylan Moses, Alabama is loaded with talent on both sides of the ball.

If Georgia wants to have any chance to win tomorrow’s game, nose tackle Quinnen Williams is the single most important man the Dawgs need to contain.

The 6’4”, 296-pound Williams is simply the nation’s most dominant defensive force. Rarely is an interior lineman (especially with a team full of playmakers) signaled out as a game changer. The sophomore’s 95.5 overall grade is nearly 3.0 points higher than the next closest defensive player.

Williams is both the best interior pass rusher and run stopper in the country. According to Pro Football Focus, on 244 pass-rushing snaps, he’s recorded 38 total pressures, winning 19.3% of his pass-rushes to lead the nation’s interior defensive linemen. He has recorded eight sacks, 14 quarterback hits, and 16 additional hurries and his straight pressure-per-pass-rush-snap of 15.6 percent is also the best in the country.

On 228 snaps against the run, the Birmingham native made 48 total tackles and missed just two while making 16 tackles for either no gain or a loss — the most of any interior defensive linemen.

In other words, he’s good…scary good. Georgia center Lamont Gaillard, considered the best at his position in the SEC, will have his hands full. Look for Gaillard to receive a lot of help from guards Solomon Kindley, Trey Hill, Jamaree Salyer, Ben Cleveland, and Cade Mays.

A difficult task is made tougher as Cleveland, who is coming off a broken fibula, nor Mays, who has been sidelined with a nerve injury to the neck, have seen much action in the past month and are listed as probable at best.

The SEC Championship Game kicks off at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday from Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium. CBS has the national television broadcast.

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