Like I said, Vanderbilt’s been checking out the Missouri tape.
After watching film of Missouri’s 41-26 win at Georgia, in which Murray threw a pair of fourth-quarter interceptions, was sacked twice and lost a fumble, Woestmann said the Commodores will have chances to make an impact in the Bulldogs’ backfield.
“(Missouri) did a good job just pressing the pocket, kind of pushing the guards and center back into Aaron Murray’s face, and the ends did a good job collapsing the pocket and forcing him to step up right into the pressure,” Woestmann said.
“We have a good opportunity to exploit a couple of guys on their O-line that have struggled with some pass rushing moves. … That was the first time I think I’d ever seen Aaron Murray flustered. He was a little off-target and he was feeling the pressure coming. I think that’s something that we could easily do.”
I’d say Georgia’s noticed the same thing, because a change is coming on the line.
… it appears John Theus will get the start at right tackle, supplanting Kolton Houston in the starting lineup. The two have been alternating the past four games, but Houston has started and gotten slightly more snaps. Houston was beaten on several sacks in Saturday’s loss to Missouri, while Theus seemed to play error-free.
“Theus played well. He practiced well last week and played well last year. He deserves a chance to start,” Richt said.
One of the ESPN guys noted that Houston’s technique left his susceptible to Missouri’s outside speed rush getting inside him, and, indeed, he appeared to get beaten in just that way. The puzzling thing is that Friend kept sending him out there. I assume it’s been hard to motivate Theus to play better, because he clearly has more upside at the tackle position than Houston does. It would be nice to see Theus grab hold of the job and keep it Saturday.