Fast Five: Bulldogs Get a Break

ATHENS - Dawg Post takes a look at the top five areas of interest after Tuesday's practice.

(One) Georgia’s defense allowed 21 points in the first half against Clemson, but none in the second during Saturday’s 45-21 win over the Tigers.

First-year defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt finally got to coach a game for Georgia. While Georgia’s defense may have looked like a tale of two halves on Saturday, Pruitt said that’s just the way it goes.

“The biggest thing is usually you don’t play as good as you think you do and you don’t play as bad as you think,” Pruitt said. “Probably the way it was in the first half we didn’t play as bad as it appeared. We didn’t make some plays (and) Clemson did. You’ve got to give them credit. In the second half we probably didn’t play as good as you may think that we did. Sometimes that’s the way the ball bounces, but I do think we played with effort the entire game.”

But one thing stood out to Pruitt about his defense in toward the end of the Clemson game.

“In the first half we didn’t get off the field on third down so it extended drives,” Pruitt said. “The second half we did. I would say that’s probably the biggest thing.”

(Two) Clemson was a learning experience for everyone – especially the defense.

“I think we know who we need to coach,” Pruitt said. “Our players know we need to get better. We’ve got a long ways to go – our guys understand that.”

(Three) Malkom Parrish was a highly recruited defender who received a lot of attention coming out of Brooks County High School. The true freshman didn’t get that kind of attention on Saturday, though. He didn’t play. Neither did junior college transfer Shattle Fenteng.

“They weren’t ready to play,” Pruitt said. “If they were ready I would’ve played them. They’ve been hurt some in fall camp, and some guys had to play that weren’t ready to play – so we can say that, too.”

(Four) Jonathon Rumph and Jordan Davis didn’t play on the offensive side.

“Rumph was still lingering a little bit with the injury and (it was) more our call,” offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said. “But we’re gonna have to have Rumph and he’s gonna have to play for us this season so this is going to be a big week and a half for Jonathon. Jordan, those other guys are ahead of him right now. Quayvon (Hicks) and Jeb (Blazevich) are ahead of him (but) Jordan’s making some nice strides. We haven’t given up on Jordan by any means.”

(Five) The Dawgs are off on Saturday, which gives a few key players time to get healthy – mainly Justin Scott-Wesley and Malcolm Mitchell.

“There is an outside chance, but it’s still too early to tell,” Bobo said. “Right now I would say no, but the first of next week could change some things.”

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