As a passer, KJ Jefferson is having one weird looking statistical season, folks.
Let me tell you, it’s not easy to crack a 200+ passer rating when you don’t complete 50% of your pass attempts. His best completion percentage of the season came against Texas, but other than that, he was decidedly mediocre then. However, it didn’t matter because Arkansas destroyed the ‘Horns on the ground with 333 rushing yards.
He’s at his best throwing the deep ball and he’s got one of the best receivers in the conference in Treylon Burks to throw to. Burks was a handful against TAMU’s very good secondary and I expect no less this week, especially after seeing South Carolina’s Josh Vann’s success against Georgia in that regard.
Jefferson has been terrific as a running quarterback so far, which should concern Georgia fans almost as much as it does Dan Lanning. He’s gained 230 yards on 32 attempts (7.19 yards per carry) and is a real key to what Arkansas does in their run game, which is the Briles spread-power run game. Arkansas bogged down offensively after he was injured in the TAMU game. He did come back at the end — among other qualities, the kid is a real gamer — but it will be worth watching that come Saturday.
Make no mistake about it, Arkansas wants to run the damned ball. Their run-pass ratio is 47/21, which should be no surprise for a Pittman-coached bunch. That should make for a fascinating challenge for the conference’s best run defense.
I would expect that Georgia on defense is going to take a similar approach to the Hogs that Odom wants to take on the other side: conservative. Keep everything in front of them, force Jefferson to rely on a short passing game, and focus on preventing Jefferson’s legs from doing much damage.
In short, win the line of scrimmage and this game should take care of itself. Just like every other week.