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BOZICH | Georgia defenders fear Number 7 (Bonnafon) more than 14 (Bolin)

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WDRB) – Reggie Bonnafon or Kyle Bolin?

"Who?" asked Georgia linebacker Kostas Vavlas.

Reg-gie Bonn-a-FON or Kyle BO-lin?

"I need some help here," Vavlas said.

I moved on. Vavlas made only 17 tackles for the Bulldogs this season. Perhaps he has not been in the middle of the Bulldogs' defensive game plan for stopping the University of Louisville quarterbacks Tuesday night in the Belk Bowl.

I took my question about which Louisville quarterback the Bulldogs expected to face to Amarlo Herrera, Georgia's leading tackler.

Bolin or Bonnafon?

"I don't know," Herrera said.

You don't know which QB will start or you don't know what I'm talking about?

"I don't know who they are," Herrera said.

They are Bobby Petrino's two choices at quarterback as Petrino persists in not announcing which guy will start against the Bulldogs.

"Oh," Herrera said.

I kept trying to move the pile. Both coaches should be proud of me for making a third effort, taking the question to Damian Swann, Georgia's ace cornerback.

Bonnafon or Bolin?

"Huh?" Swann said.

The two Louisville quarterbacks? Bonnafon, the freshman, or Bolin, the redshirt freshman?

"I don't know," Swann said. "That's something for their coach to decide."

That's the point, fellas. Petrino is having the time of his life not sharing his decision. He has steadfastly declined to say which guy will start for the Cards. All that he will say it that both players have practiced well, that both should play and, as expected, the guy who moves the ball will get more snaps.

Could be Bonnafon, who led Louisville to road victories against Boston College and Notre Dame. Could be Bolin, who rallied the Cardinals past Kentucky with 381 yards passing and three touchdowns after Bonnafon exited with a knee injury in the second quarter.

Bonnafon or Bolin?

"I don't know," said Jamon Brown, the Cards' mountainous left tackle. "Everybody's been asking. Even my Dad is asking.

"And that's the thing I told my Dad. Coach P does a wonderful job of not tipping his hand, not showing his cards. Whichever one starts at quarterback we're behind either one of them because both of them are good and both of them bring something to the table."

All I can add to the discussion is this: The three Georgia defensive players that I interviewed said Bonnafon was more dangerous than Bolin.

Actually, that is not true. What they said was the Number 7 (Bonnafon) was more dangerous than Number 14 (Bolin). That is the way they identify the two Louisville quarterbacks, by their numbers.

"Definitely, Number Seven," Herrera said. "You know one can run the ball more than the other so the one who is the most mobile, he can hurt you more. He can make plays with his legs or his arm.

"It's always more dangerous to have a scrambling quarterback. We watched all of them."

The results from this season are mixed. Georgia lost to South Carolina when Gamecocks' quarterback Dylan Thompson threw for three touchdowns and 271 yards

But then Florida upset the Bulldogs on a day when the Gators completed three passes. Three. The Gators ran for 418 yards. Georgia Tech had 64 passing yards and 399 rushing yards when the Yellow Jackets toppled Georgia, 30-24.

"Any time you've got a quarterback who can sit in there and make every throw and then when everything is covered he can move around a little bit, that's always a plus," Swann said.

"That's the thing with quarterbacks. Most of the quarterbacks that are successful throughout college and throughout the NFL have been athletic guys the last few years."

I marked that down as another vote that Bonnafon is the guy the Bulldogs were convinced could cause more issues.

But Georgia does not make that call. Bobby Petrino does. I went to one more Louisville player, searching for the answer. Jake Smith, the Cards' senior guard, is always one of the team's most analytical players.

"I don't know and I don't think either quarterback knows either," Smith said. "I don't think anybody knows. I don't even think (offensive coordinator Garrick) McGee knows. I don't think coach K (Chris Klenakis, offensive line coach) knows.

"I don't know. He's got us thinking about it and over-analyzing it a little bit. I don't know. I really have no idea.

"I think Petrino is the only one who's got it. I don't even know if he knows."

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