Emmanuel Forbes is a player to watch in Georgia against Mississippi State
Georgia is the No. 1 team in college football. Any doubt about that was erased last weekend when the Bulldogs decimated Tennessee in Athens. Kirby Smart’s team has seemed invincible at times, but even Superman has his kryptonite.
For Georgia, in 2022, that weakness was turnover. Every time we’ve seen this team bog down, giving the ball away has been the biggest contributor. In Georgia’s four tightest games this year (Kent State 39-22, Missouri 26-22, Florida 42-20, Tennessee 27-13), the Bulldogs have knocked the football down at least twice.
Seeking to remain undefeated, Georgia (9-0, 6-0) will now travel to Starkville to face Mississippi State (6-3, 3-3). These Bulldogs have a player who not only lives to take the football, but also to find the end zone.
Emmanuel Forbes is currently 1st in the SEC with five interceptions on the year. The 6’0 corner was a positive for a defensive unit that ranks 47th in team defense. Forbes has made interceptions at home twice this year, once on 33 yards against Texas A&M, the other on a 59-yard return that got his team back in the game at Kentucky.
Forbes is a known commodity. A preseason 2nd All-SEC team selection, Forbes now has 13 interceptions in his career. The junior is the 5th best corner prospect for the upcoming NFL Draft according to ESPN’s Matt Miller. In games, Emmanuel Forbes has one interception, Mississippi State is 3-1, with wins over Arkansas and Texas A&M.
Forbes sat out in Mississippi State’s 36-33 overtime win over Auburn but is expected to play Georgia.
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Now Georgia is a different beast offensively. Todd Monken’s offense is doling out football with a plethora of weapons with merciless efficiency, but Forbes can still cause trouble. If he can lock down one side of the field, he’ll allow Mississippi State defensive coordinator Zach Arnett to get creative with his other 10 defenders.
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