Robbie Caldwell is in his first season at Vanderbilt and overall. The Commodores’ offensive coordinator is Jimmy Kiser and the defensive coordinator is Jamie Bryant.
Mark Richt is in his 10th season at Georgia and overall with a record of 92-31 (.748). The Bulldogs’ offensive coordinator is Mike Bobo and Todd Grantham serves as the defensive coordinator.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN VANDERBILT HAS THE BALL
Larry Smith passed for 253 yards and two TDs versus EMU. It was Smith's second highest single-game total, behind a 268-yard night at Rice last year. John Cole set a personal high with 103 receiving yards last week, the first Commodore receiver to surpass 100 receiving yards since Sean Walker totaled 138 against Duke on Oct. 25, 2008. Zac Stacy had a career-long 61 yard touchdown run last week.
Demarcus Dobbs has a total of 16 tackles through six games this season, including 2.5 TFLs. Thanks to another pair of sacks versus UT, junior OLB Justin Houston is now leading the SEC with six. Houston is also tied for second in the conference in tackles for loss (10.5). He exploded for a career-high 10 tackles, including two sacks, and forced a fumble against South Carolina. Akeem Dent has registered three straight games with 10 or more tackles. He tied his career high with 12 tackles against the Volunteers and is tied for fourth in the league with 52 stops.
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A pair of Vanderbilt defensive standouts, Casey Hayward and Tim Fugger, are among national leaders in key statistical categories. Hayward shares the NCAA lead with four interceptions through five games. Fugger ranks second in the nation with four forced fumbles. Hayward, believed to be the first Commodore of the modern era to achieve interceptions in four consecutive games, also tops the squad with six career picks. Chris Marve hopes to return to action vs. Georgia after missing the last game to injury. Marve underwent an arthroscopic procedure last week to repair a knee injured at UCONN.
Aaron Murray is coming off his best performance of the season during Georgia’s 41-14 rout of Tennessee. Murray accounted for four touchdowns, (2 rushing, 2 passing) to help UGA snap a four-game losing streak. In his 2010 debut at Colorado, A.J. Green had the fifth 100-yard receiving game of his career after hauling in seven catches for 119 yards and two touchdowns. Versus the Volunteers, Green hauled in six catches for 96 yards and a score, in addition to returning one punt seven yards. Kris Durham was the leading receiver in each of the first three games. He has 18 catches for 341 yards and one touchdown on the year.
Warren Norman is currently averaging 30.2 yards per return this year. He ranks third in the SEC – and 19th in the NCAA. Norman's career average continues to rise also. He is now averaging 27.0 yards per kickoff. Richard Kent continues his impressive punting. Kent averaged 42.5 yards on four punts Saturday, with two being downed inside the EMU 20-yard line.
So far in 2010, Drew Butler has averaged 44.4 yards on 26 punts, eight that went for 50+. Blair Walsh has hit at least one FG in 14 straight games and 28 games in his career. Walsh was 7-for-7 in PATs versus UL. He is now 11- for-12 on FGs for the year. Brandon Boykin has 10 returns totaling 229 yards.
Record: UG, 50-18-2
Georgia and Vanderbilt resume their series this Saturday, which first began in 1893 in Nashville... Georgia leads the all-time series 50-18-2... The Bulldogs have won 14 of the last 15 meetings... Georgia registered a 34-10 win last year in Nashville... In 2008, the Bulldogs enjoyed a 24-14 homecoming win between the hedges... Georgia head coach Mark Richt is 8-1 against Vanderbilt... The Commodores most recent win in the series Came in 2006, a 24-22 decision here in Athens.