Dawgs have Miami look

The Georgia defense Tennessee will face Saturday afternoon in Athens compares favorably to Miami Hurricane defenses the Vols faced in 2002 and 2003. That's the word from UT offensive coordinator Randy Sanders.

''They (Bulldogs) have a tremendous defense, one of the finest defenses we've played in several years,'' the Vol aide said. ''They're very comparable to the teams we played from Miami.''

Like Miami, Georgia has excellent talent in the defensive line, led by All-America end David Pollack. Like Miami, the Dawgs have a superior linebacking, led by Odell Thurman. And, like Miami, Georgia boasts linebacker-sized safeties.

''The two safeties are big, physical guys,'' Sanders said. ''You always want to see if your running backs can make the safeties miss or if the safeties are going to tackle 'em. Well, their safeties aren't only tackling; they're hitting so hard they're knocking the ball loose.''

If the Georgia/Miami defensive comparison is accurate, that could be very bad news for Tennessee. The Vols' worst offensive performance of 2002 (218 total yards, 3 points) came against Miami. Their worst offensive performance of 2003 (170 yards, 10 points) came against Miami, as well.

Not a good omen, is it?


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