Dawgs' Defense: GTBB

ATHENS – GTBB: The battle cry of the Bulldog defense. Get the ball back – its something Georgia has started the season doing very well.

Georgia leads the nation in turnover margin at +5 thanks to forcing six Boise State turnovers in its blowout win over the Broncos last Saturday. Georgia is tied with Toledo for tops in the country with six turnovers gained.

"If there is one statistic you would like to lead the nation in it would be turnover margin," Head Coach Mark Richt admitted during his weekly press conference.

Coming into 2005 the Bulldogs' new defensive coordinator wanted his men to focus more of taking the ball away from the opposition rather than just preventing them from scoring.

"It all started with the season we had last year," said cornerback Tim Jennings, who lead the team in interceptions last season. "We didn't make too many plays. When the ball is in the air we don't just want to bat it down – we want to catch it to get the offense the ball back so they can put more points on the board."

"We didn't have a lot of turnovers last season," said safety Greg Blue. "But getting the ball back to our offense gives us more opportunities to score and win."

Georgia ended last season with ranked 73rd in the nation in turnover margin with a -2 for the entire season.

"We want to make the most of it when the ball it out there," said Jennings. Judging from the Boise State game, the Bulldogs are doing just that.


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