Quick Hitters: Brian VanGorder

Georgia's defense allowed more points against Alabama than any other team since the Dawgs beat Kentucky 52-24 last season. Alabama used a 4th quarter comeback to fight back to within 14 points of the Dawgs.

In the end the Dawgs held off the Tide to improve to 4-1 (2-1 SEC).

"Its something that you have to be aware of so that you never lose focus," said Defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder of last week's furious comeback by Alabama.

A closer look reveals that VanGorder's defense did not actually give up 23 points to the Tide. In reality the defense was only on the field when Alabama scored 10 of its points.

"Every week is intense. Preparation times have to be orderly and you just have to get ready each week because you anticipate it coming down to the 4th quarter," he said.

Georgia and Tennessee have a recent history of coming down to the 4th quarter in their games. VanGorder will try to help the Dawgs make it 4 straight wins over the Vols this Saturday.

When asked about the Vols after Saturday's win over Alabama, VanGorder responded:

"Oh gosh, I don't know. Tennessee is a very well coached football team. I just want to think about this Alabama win. Let me enjoy 10 hours or so before we start talking about Tennessee."

What's one of the reasons for the success of the Georgia defense? Georgia's success is due to organization according to VanGorder.

"Organization is real important," said VanGorder. "I think that the players learn your system each week in terms of your instillations. So you are going to do run game this day, you are going to do your red zone work, your goal line work, and your short yardage work," VanGorder explained.

Georgia's defense works all week and then on the weekend, like so many of us, they play. The problem for opposing teams is that it's not too much fun to "play" against VanGorder and his troops.

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