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"He's a very, very good player. You certainly have to have a plan to help the players that have to block him so that hopefully he can't just get in one-on-one situations where it's a difficult circumstance for somebody," Saban said. "That's part of the planning that you need to do." Kouandjio has enjoyed an especially strong sophomore season in the area of pass protection, and protects McCarron's blind side. Tight end Michael Williams will likely be among those called on to help block Jones. "It's going to take a collective team effort to block him, anyway, not just backs and tight ends. There is going to be some guard help," Williams said. "There is a lot of attention focused on him and once we make our calls, we'll see where the help is coming from. I think we have a good game plan for it."
Georgia's post-practice injury report featured two new names that are to give Bulldog fans some cause for concern - wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell and cornerback Damian Swann. Mitchell was listed as having a left shoulder contusion while Swann was reported to have a cervical (neck) sprain. Both players were limited in practice and did not take part in any contact. Backup defensive lineman Mike Thornton also did not practice due to a right ankle sprain.
Jenkins followed Cody to Gulf Coast (Miss.) Community College. "I lived in his shadow my whole two years there -- did I," Jenkins said. "For Nick Saban to give me that type of compliment, it's a big deal. It's almost an honor, because Nick Saban is very respects in the college football world, and as you know, he recruited 'Mount Cody.' It's a big honor for Nick Saban to say that." Saban recruited Jenkins, too. Saban also was recruiting Jesse Williams, the Tide's current nose guard who then was playing at Western Arizona Community College. Jenkins knew of Williams and didn't want to go to the same school.
Will this be the best offensive line that the Bulldogs have gone against? "The thing about it is, it's not even about just looking at them and saying it's the best offensive line," Jenkins said. "Just look at the circumstances. They're in an SEC championship (game) just like we are. ... "I mean, granted, they are good. They were the best in their side in the SEC. Otherwise they wouldn't be there. Everything about them is good."
Since back-to-back performances in which it surrendered more than 250 passing yards, the Alabama secondary has flourished against suspect competition. Western Carolina and Auburn combined to throw for just 164 yards and completed just 13-of-35 passes. After three games without an interception, Alabama had two against the Tigers on Saturday. "You’ve just got to keep a short mind when you play back there in the secondary," Milliner said. "You’re going to get plays made on you, you’re going to make a lot of plays, but you always got to keep competing, just keep relaxed out there and just stay calm." Murray and the Georgia offense, of course, are far more dangerous than anything the Catamounts or Tigers threw at the Crimson Tide. "Aaron Murray does a great job of putting them in the right plays and making all the plays that he needs to make to help them," Alabama coach Nick Saban said.
"When you go against a team like Alabama, you're not taken back by their athleticism, their size," Lynch said. "I'm impressed by them, but I'm not overwhelmed by the fact that, 'Oh, my God, it's Alabama's defense.' ... "I'm not in the least bit intimidated ... but it's probably going to be the best defense we've faced all year, right up there with South Carolina and Florida."
What's good about Milliner? "Everything," King said. "The physicality. He plays the game well. You rarely see him give up a medium play. Never a big play. "It's a tribute to his DB coach and Coach (Nick) Saban and Coach (Kirby) Smart, being on him and letting him know that they have all the confidence in the world in him, because he's truly the best."
Georgia has played only two ranked teams, losing to South Carolina and beating Florida, while the Crimson Tide has faced LSU and Texas A&M in conference and opened the season against Michigan. "We’ve already played the No. 2 team in the country (Florida) once this year and had a good day against them (a 17-9 UGA victory)," Richt said during a Sunday conference call. "We can only play who’s on our schedule." Granted, the Bulldogs’ path to the SEC Championship Game was less cluttered than other teams in their division, which is why the Dawgs were preseason picks to win the East. But it’s not like officials at the school asked the SEC for and received an easier slate. They got what they got.
Meanwhile, in yet another indicator of the gap between college sports' haves and have-nots, Kent State coach Darrell Hazell has his Mid-American Conference team in contention for an elite-level BCS berth once apparently considered so unlikely that his contract does not include a bonus for the achievement. Kent State athletics director Joel Nielsen said, "I don't think there was any direct reasoning behind (the absence of a BCS bonus) other than I know we put in a bowl provision and then a bowl-win provision. There was just no other further conversation beyond that. ... It never came up in the conversations" about Hazell's contract before Hazell was hired in December 2010.
Coaching searches continue to dominate the headlines throughout the SEC as Kentucky found its man while Arkansas, Tennessee and Auburn continue to search. Oh yeah, and there's also the small matter of the SEC Championship Game this Saturday.
Occasionally, TideNation's writers will answer a handful of questions that address a pressing topic regarding the Alabama football program. And with every roundtable, we'll seek out the opinions of a guest. This week's contributors are DawgNation writers David Ching and Radi Nabulsi. 1. What's the biggest factor that would lead to a Georgia win?
Crimson Tide running back Eddie Lacy has gained a whole new perspective on turf-toe injuries. After recovering from one for about a year, he appreciates how good he feels these days. As second-ranked Alabama (11-1) prepares to face No. 3 Georgia (11-1) in Saturday's SEC Championship Game, Lacy is healthy and running like it.