Dede: Tigers Preparing For Double-Threat QB

Linebacker Karibi Dede talks about Auburn's defense and preparing for Georgia's D.J. Shockley.

Auburn, Ala.–-Missed tackles were a problem last week when the Auburn defense gave up a season-high in total yards to the Kentucky Wildcats. That is something the Tigers have been working on in practice this week as they prepare to face Georgia and linebacker Karibi Dede says they must improve or suffer the consequences.

"I think going in we had a plan to really shut down the run and we fell short," Dede says. "I don't think it was as much misfits this week as it was poor tackling. I know I missed one that cut back and cut across the grain that went for 50 or 60. We had another one, a short dump off pass, that we lined up wrong and the guy got out of the gate.

"We can't afford to give up the big play this week," he adds. "We have to be sound, we've got to be good tacklers. We've got to work on that during the week to get it done."

Dede is sixth on the Auburn team with 34 tackles this season.

This week the challenge for Dede and the defense will be to slow a talented Georgia offense led by senior quarterback D.J. Shockley. In his first season as the full-time starter for the Bulldogs, Shockley leads the SEC in passing efficiency and has thrown for 1,538 yards and 12 touchdowns this season with just four interceptions. Known mostly as a runner prior to this season, Dede says that Shockley has proven he can throw the ball and win games.

"I think a lot in the past they harped on the fact that he was a mobile quarterback," Dede says. "They really didn't give him credit for his arm, but he's a talented guy. I was watching film the other day where I thought they had him and he scrambled out and threw it to a guy for a big play. He has big play potential. You can't undermine his arm. He's got a great arm in addition to his legs."

The mobility of Shockley is in question this week after he sat out the Florida game due to a sprained knee. Georgia's third-leading rusher with 215 yards and a team-leading three touchdowns this season, Shockley brings another dimension to the table for the Bulldogs. Dede says that's something the Tigers must prepare for even though they might not see it this week.

"Fortunately for us he's a little banged-up," Dede says. "I'm not sure if he'll take off this week as much as he has in the past. We've got to prepare for him either way. It's going to be a challenge for our defensive ends and defensive front to keep him in front of them.

"I'm not sure how much he'll take off this week. He's suffered a knee injury and this will be his first game back. He might be a little tentative, but you never know. He's got a talented arm so either way we've just got to prepare for him."

Heading into his third Auburn-Georgia game and second between the hedges in Sanford Stadium, Dede says this is always a tough game to prepare for and play in because it's so physical every year. He also notes that this year's game is particularly challenging because it's on the road and so much is riding on it for both teams.

"It's tough to play on the road in this league," Dede says. "They have a great fan base. I anticipate it being a challenge. We just have to prepare during the week to get it done.

"They say it's the oldest one in the South," Dede adds of the rivalry. "In my mind it places right behind Alabama as far as rivalries go. If we don't win this one the next one is not as important. We've just got to take it one step at a time. It's a big-time game. It's going to be at their place. It's going to be a tough game."

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