TWO BITS: Stamper needs tix; UGA tackling issues

By Adam Silverstein
October 29, 2009

1 » A Jacksonville, FL, native, Florida Gators linebacker Ryan Stamper is being inundated with ticket requests for Saturday afternoon’s game against the Georgia Bulldogs. Stamper has already acquired 20 tickets for the game, including four from wide receiver David Nelson who lent a helping hand. “They said I had the Florida-Georgia game ticket record last year, but I’m about to break that this year,” Stamper said. Some other Gators who may need tickets for the game include defensive end Jermaine Cunningham, punter Chas Henry, guard Maurice Hurt, defensive tackles Lawrence Marsh & Omar Hunter and three others – all of whom are Georgians.

2 » Two legitimate concerns the Bulldogs have going into Saturday’s game are the tackling ability of their linebackers and inability to stop premier tight ends. A weakness throughout the offseason, tackling was worked on extensively during camp and at practice on the order of head coach Mark Richt. Seven games into the season, it is still something Georgia is struggling with and could pose a major problem when they face the speed of Florida. “It’s been something that’s been inconsistent,” linebacker Rennie Curran said. “We’ll have good games where we’re tackling well; then there’s times we miss tackles in the open field, which leads to those extra yards that kill us.” Expect the Gators to use tight end Aaron Hernandez both on straight pass plays and toss plays in order to capitalize on his size and strength.

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