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Georgia Vs. Auburn: Protecting Aaron Murray key for the Bulldogs

The Georgia offensive line will need to play well on Saturday against the Auburn Tigers for the Georiga offense to be successful.

Scott Cunningham

The Georgia Bulldogs' offensive line knows what it needs to do on Saturday against the Auburn Tigers; give quarterback Aaron Murray enough time to throw the ball.

Last week's game against the Mississippi Rebels was a tail of two halves for the offensive linemen. Murray was sacked five times in the first half, and Georgia proved unable to mount any serious offense. In the second half, Ole Miss defenders failed to sack Murray, and the quarterback completed 13 of his 15 passes. Overall, Murray finished with 384 yards and four touchdowns.

The Bulldogs may be without one of their starting linemen Saturday, which could make protecting Murray more difficult. Right guard Chris Burnette had to leave the game with a shoulder injury and is questionable for Saturday's game. Coach Mark Richt admitted he did not know what Georgia's offensive line would like on Saturday, or who would fill in for Burnette if he is unable to play.

Although Auburn has had an atrocious defense this season, they still are able to rush the quarterback. Corey Lemonier is one of the SEC's best pass rushers, and defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder knows how to dial up difficult blitzes. So the Bulldogs offensive line has their work cut out for them if they want to advance to the SEC Championship Game.

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