Dawgs struggling in red zone

ATHENS – There won't be any changes in Georgia's red zone play-calling this week or at any point in the season.

The only change that will make any difference for the Bulldogs has to come from the players, Coach Mark Richt said.

"It's an execution issue down there," Richt said. "The plays that we're calling are fine. The plays have a great chance of success. Guys are just not making the plays at that time. The thing about the red zone is things happen a little bit faster, but you still have to make the play."

Georgia (5-2, 2-2 SEC) didn't against Vanderbilt, getting three field goals and no touchdowns in four trips inside the red zone during a 24-22 loss.

The Bulldogs are sixth in the SEC in red zone offense, scoring 80 percent of the time they get inside their opponent's 20-yard line. However, their touchdown percentage isn't as good.

Georgia has scored 13 touchdowns in 25 chances, and that 52 percent rate ranks ninth among conference teams. Tennessee leads the SEC with a touchdown on 74 percent of its red zone tries.

"If we had 60 percent touchdowns, I'd be fired up," Richt said.

Junior tailback Danny Ware doesn't blame play-calling but said after the Vanderbilt game that he doesn't know what the problem is.

"I can't really coach it up," he said. "I just know we have to do something."


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