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UGA D Sees "Dudes Run Open"

ATHENS - The longest pass play against Georgia’s defense last year in coordinator Jeremy Pruitt’s first season was 38 yards by Clemson and Arkansas.

In five games this season, the Bulldogs have given up three completions of 44 yards or more, including two Saturday against Alabama.

“We didn’t execute some on the back end,” said Pruitt, who coaches the defensive backs. “And one thing we’ve done since I’ve been here is we don’t let a whole lot of dudes run open. We’ve kept people covered up pretty good since I’ve been here. They created some issues for us.”

Alabama’s Jake Coker hit Calvin Ridley for a 50-yard gain on a sideline route on a play in which cornerback Malkom Parrish came in to cover Kenyan Drake on a screen. That left Ridley open and safety Dominick Sanders missed a tackle. Coker later threw a 45-yard scoring strike down the middle Saturday beating cornerback Aaron Davis with safety Quincy Mauger out of position.

Ridley was named SEC freshman of the week Monday. Alabama completed 11 of 16 passes for 190 yards.

“One time we didn’t get a call communicated really good,” Richt said. “We might have had a missed assignment from the linebacker position one time. For the most part, we were in position. I don’t think it was anything to be alarmed about by any means. We’ve got to execute in every play, not just most of them.”


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