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Georgia Tech vs. Georgia: LB Quayshawn Nealy will have to focus on tailbacks

The sophomore will try to contain Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall on Saturday.

Geoff Burke

Georgia Tech will need to stop Georgia's running game Saturday if they want to stand a chance in pulling off an upset. Yellow Jackets linebacker Quayshawn Nealy knows that aspect will be a big part of his job, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Q: What's the plan with Georgia's two tailbacks?

A: We both know, coaches as well as players, that they're talented tailbacks. We're just going to have to make a statement inside, even with the fullback - he's a good fullback, a physical fullback - that we're going to bring it every play, eliminate some of those holes and big gaps that they're taking out and just play hard.

Todd Gurley has been the biggest factor in the Bulldogs' running game. He's racked up 1,041 yards and 12 touchdowns in 11 games this season. He's averaging 95.6 yards per game and 6.3 yards per carry. The freshman out of North Carolina has rushed for more than 100 yards in a game seven times this season.

Another freshman tailback, Keith Marshall, has been strong for Georgia. He has 654 yards and six touchdowns on 100 carries this year.

Nealy, a sophomore, has been one of Georgia's best linebackers this season. He's tied for second on the team with 67 tackles this season.

The Yellow Jackets will take on No. 3 Georgia Saturday at 12 p.m. ET.

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