Greene: we have respect for their defense

Yes, Arkansas' offense leaves a lot to be desired, but according to Georgia quarterback David Greene, the Hog's defense does not.

Arkansas' pass defense is excellent. They are allowing an average of only 103 yards passing in the air, and David Greene knows it.

"Their corners are outstanding. They play great man to man."

Greene feels like the Hogs will present Georgia's offense with a stiff challenge on Saturday.

"They have a really good defense. They are fast and they have a really good secondary. They have a lot of speed and they play really good together."

But as good as the Hogs have been in stopping the pass, they have been poor in stopping the run. Arkansas ranks second to last in the SEC in rushing yards allowed. Currently Arkansas is surrendering 185 rushing yards a game.

With numbers like that Musa Smith should have a big game against the Arkansas defense. Smith is currently the one of the top running backs in the SEC. Georgia will look to run the ball against Arkansas, hoping to exploit the poor run defense of the Hogs.

But Arkansas' defensive style could cause confusion in terms of blocking. Smith could be greeted by several swine along the line of scrimmage; Arkansas loves to stack the line with their small and fast linebackers and safeties. This leaves their cornerbacks alone against Georgia's Terrence Edwards and Damien Gary. But these are not normal cornerbacks according to Edwards. Georgia's wide outs will face a challenge, even in one on one coverage against Arkansas' Lawrence Richardson and Eddie Jackson.

"They are athletic and they will be the best secondary we have played against as a group. They commit a lot of people to the box and rely on their corners to play man. As a receiver going into a game you love that type of situation. We just have to go out there and make plays."

Making plays was not what happened against South Carolina. Edwards dropped several balls against the Cocks, one that would have given the Dawgs the lead last in the game. But according to Jon Stinchcomb, Georgia has been working to get better in the three weeks since they last hit the gridiron.

"We have not taken these past three weeks off. It is not like we have been sitting at home watching TV the whole time. We have been out there trying to work on the things we fell short on in the South Carolina game. I think we really used this time off as something to our advantage."

As tough as Arkansas' defense has been, specifically their secondary, the Hogs have yet to turn their solid play into an SEC win. Arkansas is now 0-2 in the SEC and a loss on Saturday would hurt any bowl opportunities for the Hogs. And quite frankly a loss against the Dawgs leaves some possibility of a winless SEC season for the Hogs.

But Richt is not looking past the Arkansas game, "They're a team that's coming in hungry for a victory, just as we are. I think it will be a hard fought battle."

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