Dawgs Want to Slow A&M Attack

ATHENS – Georgia has faced plenty of fast-paced offenses this season, but Texas A&M will present a challenge unlike any the Bulldogs have battled before.

The Aggies run an up-tempo style that often yields 80 or more plays a game, keeping defenses on their toes and creating plenty of chaos on the field.

"It's quicker than anyone we've seen," Georgia linebacker Rennie Curran said. "If you watch the film, they catch a lot of teams off guard, a lot of defenses aren't ready."

Oklahoma State and Auburn both ran quick-paced offenses as well, with the Tigers' attack being a similar style of no-huddle to Texas A&M, but Georgia head coach Mark Richt said that the Aggies take things to an even higher level.

"They want as many plays as they can possibly get," Richt said. "They are fast. That's their goal. More plays, more yards, more points. That's the way they see it."

The results have been positive for Texas A&M, which ranks first in the Big 12 in total offense and fifth nationally, totaling 465 yards per game on average.

What makes the Aggies even tougher to defend is that they rarely substitute players, which prevents the defense from adjusting personnel, too, but A&M still manages to run multiple formations on offense.

"They go fast without changing any personnel," Richt said. "And what they do with the same personnel group is run multiple formations. Multiple formations and speed between plays is creating problems for everybody they've played."

The battle plan defensively is the same as what Georgia used against Auburn – plenty of scout team work in practice against the hurry-up and close attention to film study to quickly recognize keys.

But more than the defensive adjustments, Richt said the best plan for stopping the Aggies' high-flying attack is to keep it on the sideline.

"The longer we can hold the ball," Richt said, "the better we'll be."

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