Scouting Georgia's Defense and Special Teams

While Georgia has a great offense, it has a solid but unspectacular defense. The Bulldogs give up about 300 yards a game, but only 77 on the ground. That, however, is deceptive since they have played from ahead in most games and several teams abandoned the running game. LSU ran all over them (188/4.6) last Saturday.

The D-Line is solid but doesn't have a guy who wows you. Defensive tackles Geno Atkins and Corey Irvin do a nice job on the inside but they don't wow. Irvin is the more disruptive guy of the two. The real problem has been defensive end where the Dawgs have gotten very little productivity. None of them has more than 2 QB sacks and none are among the top 12 tacklers on the squad.

Linebacker is probably their best unit overall. WLB Rennie Curran is a factor all over the field. He leads the team in tackles (69), tackles for losses (7.5) and QB sacks (3). MLB Darryl Gamble has 45 tackles and returned 2 INT for TD against LSU tying an NCAA record for linebackers. Akeem Dent is solid at SLB while former starter Dannell Ellerbe might be healthy after missing three and a half games and would add to their depth.

The secondary is led by FS Reshad Jones who has 43 tackles and 3 INT. The corners Asher Allen and Prince Miller are pretty good players, but they can be had. Allen is probably the better player of the two. SS CJ Byrd is a veteran who is solid but doesn't make a lot of plays. Overall it's a nice group, but not a great one. Every opponent except one has completed 50 % or better against them and Tim Tebow is the best QB they've faced.

Overall I think Georgia has put several much better defenses on the field in recent years. Florida should be able to have success both running and throwing as long as they handle the variety of blitzes that Georgia throws at them. Last year they had 14 different blitzes and sacked Tebow six times. Florida has to protect their meal ticket better than that this time around.

Georgia Special Teams ----- Georgia is solid in every area and excellent in a couple. They lead the SEC in PR average (20.9). Asher Alan and Logan Gray have returned the most punts but Prince Miller had a 92-yard TD return against Alabama. They also lead the SEC in net punting which shows how good their punter Brian Mimbs is as well as the coverage units. Ramarcus Brown a backup corner is a good KOR man (24.0) but he has not broken a long one. No Georgia opponent has broken a long return on a punt or kickoff. The Gators also need to keep an out for No. 10 Zac Renner who has blocked two punts.

Top to bottom these may be the two best special teams collections in the SEC. Often that turns out to be a wash, but sometimes one guy will make a big play that changes the game.


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