Allowing opponents to convert on third downs 41.9 percent of the time was unacceptable. Todd Grantham had to get that stat turned around following 2010.
ATHENS - With a ton of hype and a paycheck to match, Todd Grantham came to Athens last year to take over a slumping defense and delivered much of what he promised.
The Bulldogs converted from a 4-3 defense (four down linemen and three linebackers) to a 3-4 (the reverse alignment) and got some results. Georgia attacked more and produced more turnovers. The Bulldogs took the ball away from their opponents 26 times. Only four SEC teams had more forced turnovers.
The Bulldogs finished the season fifth in the SEC in scoring defense, allowing 22.1 points per game, and were fourth in the league in total defense, allowing 328.5 yards per game.
All those numbers were acceptable. This one was not: 41.9.