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The Tigers head into Bye Week trying to get healthy

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Ugh, bye weeks are the worst. It might as well be the offseason.

But at least during Bye Week you can get healthy.

Dave Matter has an update on the latest of the Tigers who need a break to get healthy.

Senior receiver Nate Brown, slowed with a sore groin, should also take advantage of this week’s bye. The week off could be good news for senior receiver Richaud Floyd, who broke his foot during preseason practice but returned to limited drills in practice last week. His return could eventually spark one of the nation’s least productive punt return units. The Tigers have fielded just four punts in four games — zero the last two games —and have an aggregate minus-11 return yards, the fewest in the country. Floyd returned two punts for touchdowns last year.

Brown and Floyd being healthy should help a banged up Emanuel Hall get right. And we didn’t even talk about Cam Hilton and his broken finger which is now surgically repaired.

And with all the injuries at wideout Missouri had a hard time getting behind the defense. Daniel Jones had a nice look into how Georgia modified their defense plan from last year.

The Tigers are probably going to see a lot more Cover 2 deep going forward.

Odom said Hall, along with fellow receivers Nate Brown and Johnathon Johnson, were at less than full-speed Saturday. Groin tightness limited Hall’s involvement the week before in the Tigers’ game against Purdue.

Lock only threw towards Hall twice. Both passes were short- to medium-routes that fell incomplete. Georgia’s defensive line prevented Lock from standing in the pocket long enough to let anyone get beyond coverage, anyway. Lock was hurried three times and uutside linebacker D’Andre Walker got to Lock twice, forcing two fumbles on two sacks. The Bulldogs recovered one of those.

The Tigers are going to face a lot of Cover 2 in an effort to discourage the Lock to Hall bombs, but not every team can roll out secondary talent like Georgia.

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