A.J. Green wants to be part of the solution and not the problem as the 6’4 first-team SEC performer returns to the lineup after a four-game suspension.
This weekend the Bulldogs will travel west and face the Colorado Buffalos (2-1, 0-0 Big 12) for a 7:10 p.m. game at Folsom Stadium. The Bulldogs( 1-3, 0-3 SEC) will try to reverse their fortunes facing an out of conference opponent.
The three-game losing streak is new territory for embattled head coach Mark Richt.
A strong game from quarterback Aaron Murray and A.J. Green can help provide a metaphorical detour. Losing a fourth game in a row would be the first type of streak since 1990. The Bulldogs team doesn’t want to go down that road, but Georgia has the weapons to change course in the winning direction.
How much of an impact will A.J. Green truly have after playing in his first game of the season? Colorado is not a Division II or Division III school, and Colorado’s secondary isn’t a pushover.
Colorado’s starting cornerbacks are Jimmy Smith and Jalil Brown. Brown is a 6’1 senior cornerback and some say he has NFL potential. Smith is a 6’2 senior cornerback and is also seen as someone who could make a NFL roster.
NFL scouts may be looking at this matchup with Colorado’s corners and the 6’4 Green who is also projected to be a high-round choice whenever he decides to leave Georgia.
Colorado will be hyped for this game, because they want to stay over .500 in regard to their overall record and it’s an opportunity to use this challenge from Georgia as a barometer leading into their own conference schedule.
“Assignment-wise, I`m excited. I`m always excited. It`s what you come to college for,” Smith said. “As far as the team and opponent, I think our defense is going to step up to the challenge, and if we win this game, I think it`s going to be a big confidence booster going into league. And it works both ways I feel like.”
Richt is definitely happy to have his star receiver back and is ready to utilize his talents with hopes of resurrecting Georgia’s overall season.
“We are glad to have A.J. back,” Richt said. “He has paid a price for what he did, and now that he has a chance to play I’m sure we’ll enjoy thinking of ways to use his talents.”