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D’Andre Swift "Is the Real Deal"

December 4, 2019
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CBS SPORTS LEAD COLLEGE FOOTBALL ANALYST GARY DANIELSON BREAKS DOWN THE SEC CHAMPIONSHIP

(On keys to the game for LSU)


Number one, they have to be who they’ve been all year. They have a great mix on offense led by Joe Burrow. They have to understand that it might not work as cleanly against this Georgia defense as it has worked during the year against inferior talent, but they shouldn’t panic and just need to be relaxed. Georgia is not going to be as easy as it’s been against other opponents.
 
Number two, they play a lot of safety-type players on defense. They’re not real big. They have three inside guys and a couple corners and everybody else on the field is a little bit undersized. They have to prove to Georgia they can stop their edge running game, running outside, and the crackbacks. That will force Georgia to do what they don’t want to do, and that’s drop back and pass, where LSU feels they have an advantage over the inexperience at wide receiver.
 
(On keys to the game for Georgia)


I think Georgia is going to have to use the power in which they’ve built this program. Their offensive line must be as dominant as the wide receivers are for LSU. That’s how they’ve built the program. And that’s what they have to lean on. On defense, their inside players – people that are not household names like Tyler Clark, Jordan Davis, David Marshall – they have to become playmakers in this game. They shoot a lot of gaps. If those guys inside can get Joe Burrow off and a little bit uncomfortable, then they have a chance with the number of skill players they have in the back.
 
(On X-Factors to watch in this game)


Well, there’s one player that has to have a good game for Georgia, and that’s D’Andre Swift. I don’t see how Georgia can stay in this game without the breakaway abilities of Swift. He’s the real deal. I think Swift is the key to the game. Jake Fromm is going to show up fine. Their receivers are going to be what they are – they’re not game-breakers yet. D’Andre Swift has to be a difference-maker in this game.
 
If Joe Burrow isn’t the MVP of the SEC, then I think Clyde Edwards-Helaire has been. That’s really what has given defenses problems. His match-ups in the passing game have driven defenses crazy this year. They put him all over the field. He beats linebackers and safeties that can’t cover him. To me, I kind of singled him out a year ago as an under-the-radar future star and he has turned into a star. Right now, everybody who plays LSU points to him as the difference on this team. I’m pretty much agreeing with that. Edwards-Helaire going up against the skilled linebackers for Georgia is a really interesting match-up.

 
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