"Tuesday was a good day," said Willy Robinson, defensive coordinator. "When you look back at yesterday's practice and we wish we had played two plays differently than how we did. Today was a hard day, we grinded it, they endured it. I'm not sure if there were many mistakes at all. Got our hands on a lot of balls today, had some interceptions. Played the deep ball well."
There won't be any easy match-ups against a tall set of Georgia wide receivers.
"They have good receivers. They do different things. They all have good hands. Really impressed with Durham being back, OK? No. 6, the ex-quarterback; he's an impressive tough guy, runs good routes and he climbs the ladder pretty good as well.
Robinson knows what to expect from the Georgia offense. The Bulldogs have a talented young quarterback in Aaron Murray who has a quick release, but it's still going to be about stopping the tailback.
"They're still going to lead with the run but off that they have their play-action passes and the kid's quick to get rid of it," Robinson said. "He does have a strong arm; he can throw it down the field pretty good. I think the difference between him and the youngster last year is he's able to go off his first read to his second read.
"This guy kind of gets locked in on his first. He knows the offense for a redshirt freshman. He's quite the student of the game. I think the thing is if we do even have the coverage probably the next difference is this kid can create; he's very athletic. You've got to do a great job of staying on coverage."
Will it come down to how middle linebackers Jerry Franklin and Anthony Leon play the running game?
"Any time you have a running team, linebacker play is significant," Robinson said. "But we've got to win up front with the front four and read it right and fit it right and be physical when we do. I think they have one of the more outstanding fullbacks in the country. And they probably have two. There's not much of a falloff between the two of them.
"They do a great job of getting a hat on a hat. Great job of sustaining the block. They're very athletic. I think one of their fullbacks is one of their top three receivers. I'm really impressed with their fullbacks. Our linebackers have to do a great job of believing their keys and reacting to what they say."
Franklin was one of the main players in last year's loss to Georgia, but not for the right reason. He was ejected with Arkansas up 21-10.
"Jerry was having a big game for us last year," Robinson said. "He really was. And it was an unfortunate loss that we lost him in that game and it really hurt us a little bit. It seems like he and Leon are communicating and playing well. Ones helping the other a little bit. And pretty soon they'll be able to sit down in there and play full speed most of the time."
Georgia is awaiting word on a possible return to the field for all-America wide receiver A.J. Green, serving a four-game suspension but hopeful of a reprieve on an appeal. Word is expected to come from the NCAA on Friday morning.
"We're practicing as if he's gonna play," Robinson said. "You have to. So I mean, he's in the equation. We'll practice for him and be prepared for him.
"A.J. does a great job of stretching the field, and they move him around to see if they can get match-ups. Again, last year they tried to take advantage of him inside, and you don't see him inside very much when they go to their multiple-receiver sets. Him inside now puts us on with a tough little kid in Jerico (Nelson), a battler, competitor, but again you have the height advantage on their side of the ball. They'll move him around, we'll be aware of where he's at and we'll do some things when he's in there. The thing is, hopefully we can manage it the way we have the plan set for."
The UA defense -- rated fourth in the country statistically -- has done well in its first two games on defense, but Robinson knows the real tests start this week.
"That's awesome," he said. "That's really good. We're excited about it. I think we all know, man-to-man, the two teams we played were good opponents, tough opponents, we studied for them, we played well against them.
"But now we go into Man Country. We go into the SEC. We've got to see how we match up. We've been working for it and working hard at it. That's what we live for. Now it's a different story. What happened in the past is in the past. Our season starts Saturday."
The video reveals Georgia is still the same type of offense, scheme wise.
"We don't feel like they've changed at all with their offensive coordinator," Robinson said. "Same guy. they put points on the board with the system that works for them. We don't see them doing a lot of things different.
"I think the thing we've got to be able to do is take away what they do well. They run the ball: toss, power, lead, divide zone, those are their primary runs. Then they have the great play-action pass off it, and again they can vertically stretch you down the field. You've got to play smart.
It comes down to trusting what you are doing on defense.
"I think the kids are confident about what we're doing," Robinson said. "I think it's just a matter now that we match up against a different opponent, a different caliber of player. That's probably the biggest thing we've got to find out. We understand that the game now changes. It's more of a direct-run, power type game, play-action pass as opposed to all the read-zones, options and sweeps.
"They do a great job offensively of getting hats on hats. Doesn't matter what you give them. They know how to block every front."
The stat game isn't something the Hogs have talked about through two games. Defensive end Damario Ambrose said it hasn't come up.
"Wow, don't guess we knew (the No. 4 national defensive ranking)," he said. "But really, that doesn't matter. You don't need to know stats. You look at the scoreboard after the game and it tells you what you wanted to know. If you see a goose egg by the other team's name, you did your job. That's our goal. It's about the score and the victory.
"I don't think we've proven anything yet. We are just getting started. We know that Georgia represents a different challenge and we look forward to it. We are excited for this week. I think you see in our practices. We've had two good days with not a lot of mistakes. We made a couple today, but that's about it. We'll try to get them fixed in tomorrow's practice. I think we can."