GEORGIA PASSING DEFENSE
The Georgia secondary has been struggling with injuries since the season began. Sophomore Josh Harvey-Clemons leads the defensive back group with 35 tackles, including 3½ for a loss, and four passes defended. Next to him at free safety is freshman Tray Matthews who did not practice Monday or Tuesday for the Bulldogs and has been absent the past two weeks with a hamstring injury. Freshman Shaq Wiggins starts at cornerback with 11 tackles, including three for a loss and one pass break up. Wiggins has started the last two games for the Bulldogs. Junior cornerback Damian Swann brings some experience to the depleted Georgia secondary. Swann is fifth on the team with 26 tackles and three passes defended.
GEORGIA RUSHING DEFENSE
Junior inside linebackers Ramik Wilson and Amarlo Herrera lead the Bulldogs in tackles, with Wilson topping the pair with 61 tackles, including 4½ for a loss, and one sack. Herrera has started every game for Georgia and led the team with 12 tackles against South Carolina. True freshman outside linebacker Leonard Floyd has had an impressive year thus far with 22 tackles, including five for a loss, four sacks, while tied for a team high 11 quarterback hurries. Sophomore Jordan Jenkins has five tackles for a loss, one sack, and 11 quarterback hurries. Jenkins was second on the team with five sacks as a freshman a year ago. Senior nose tackle Garrison Smith leads the Georgia defensive line with 28 tackles, including 2½ for a loss, 1½ sacks, and three quarterback hurries. Junior defensive end Ray Drew is third in the conference with five sacks this season. Opposite Drew is redshirt sophomore Sterling Bailey who has battled with injuries throughout his career but had an impressive 10 tackle, one sack game against the Gamecocks.
VANDERBILT PASSING DEFENSE
Junior receiver Chris Conley leads the Bulldogs with 25 receptions for 378 yards passing and four touchdowns. Georgia lost their second leading receiver Justin Scott-Wesley to another ACL injury against the Vols. The third leading receiver Michael Bennett had to undergo surgery for a torn meniscus and is expected to return sometime this season. Senior tight end Arthur Lynch is fourth on the team with 13 receptions for 205 yards receiving and two scores. Senior receiver Rantavious Wooten completed a pass for 42 yards against North Texas and has 12 catches for 167 yards receiving and three touchdowns. A talented group of senior defensive backs lead the Commodore secondary. Much like a season ago, safeties Kenny Ladler and Javon Marshall lead the team in tackles. Ladler tops the pair with 49 tackles, including one for a loss, with an interception, and a forced fumble. Ladler set a new career high of 14 tackles against Missouri last week. Senior cornerback Andre Hal has totaled 25 tackles, including 3½ for a loss, and a team high eight passes defended. Hal was named to the first team preseason All-SEC team and is a contender for the Jim Thorpe Award. Opposite Hal is senior Steven Clarke who has tallied 16 tackles, three passes defended, and returned an interception for 69 yards.
VANDERBILT RUSHING DEFENSE
The Vanderbilt defense got some good news when it was announced senior outside linebacker Karl Butler would return to his starting position. Butler has 11 tackles, including one for a loss and two passes defended in three games this season. Opposite Butler is sophomore Darreon Herring who is third on the team with 38 tackles, one sack, and six passes defended. In five starts this season sophomore middle linebacker Jake Sealand is third on the team with 28 tackles, including one for a loss. The 'Dores rank 75th in the nation with opponents averaging 168.50 yards rushing per game. The Commodore defensive line is led by sophomore Caleb Azubike who has 23 tackles, including 6½ for a loss, and two sacks. Redshirt junior Kyle Woestmann is following close behind with 22 tackles, including 3½ for a loss, and 2½ sacks. In between them at defensive tackle, redshirt freshman Adam Butler is second on the team with four tackles for a loss, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery.
Sophomore punter Collin Barber has handled most of the punting duties for the Bulldogs, averaging 45.1 yards per punt, with a season long of 61 yards. Barber has pinned opponents inside their 20-yard line four times this season. Sophomore place kicker Marshall Morgan has made eight for ten field goal attempts with a season long of 56 yards against Tennessee. Morgan also nailed a kick from 55 yards out the week before against LSU. True freshman Reggie Davis will handle kick returns for the Bulldogs. Davis has four returns averaging 17.2 yards per return, with a season long of 19 yards. Davis also leads the team in punt returns averaging five yards per punt return. Junior cornerback Damian Swann has eight returns for an average 3.5 yards per punt returns this season.
The 'Dores are converting 42 percent of third-down conversion attempts to 37 percent for Georgia. The Bulldogs have been slightly more successful on fourth-down, converting 78 percent of attempts to Vanderbilt's 73 percent. The 'Dores have scored in 22 of 26 red zone trips with 77 percent resulting in touchdowns and four ending in field goals. The Bulldogs score in 86 percent trips to the red zone come out with touchdowns 66 percent of the time. The Bulldogs may or may not play sensational running back Todd Gurley but will definitely be without running back Keith Marshall and receiver Justin Scott-Wesley. Georgia has played 14 true freshmen this season.
PREDICTION: Georgia 34, Vanderbilt 31