A Closer Look at the UGA Defense

Georgia’s defense has played outstanding so far this season.   It’s scoring defense is at around 20 ppg, and if that holds, it would be the lowest since 2007.

The scoring defense is calculated like this:

(35+45+0+14+10+12+28)/7= approximately 20.5 ppg. 

But that calculation takes into account 28 points against South Carolina,  7 against Ole Miss,  7 against Mississippi State and 7 against Vanderbilt that the Defense was not even on the field. 

A more accurate calculation to find scoring defense would be:

(35+17+0+7+3+12+21)/7=  approximately 13.5 ppg. 

If the defense continues to give up around 13 points a game, Georgia is going to have a good season.  13 ppg is lower than any ppg average during the Van Gorder era. 

UGA’s defense has only given up 5 defensive touchdowns in its last 4 games.  One came on a trick play and another came with two and a half minutes left in the Tennessee game.  Another came from a trick play versus Vandy.  This may not have been the top teams in the SEC,  but we have a been shutting down teams and they have been unable to move the ball on the UGA defense.   And, Coach Grantham is right.  The UGA did bow up in the 4th quarter.  Now, I know the Vandy running game gashed us pretty good, but it happens.  You can tell by looking that the demons from the Willie Martinez era have been clensed away.  Vanderbilt was tough to watch, but the D has improved drastically over the last season and half.   The stats reflect it, and the play on the field has  reflected it also.

And this has been without Alec Ogletree most of the time and Christian Robinson a significant amount of time.

Corbindawg

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6 Responses to “A Closer Look at the UGA Defense”


  1. 1 Atticus October 17, 2011 at 11:50 am

    We have played the worst schedule of thee Richt era so these state are irrelevant. What is the key is how you do against ranked teams. We gave up 200+ rushing yards to vandy, to me that means you suck. We have beaten SEC opponents who have a combined record of 1-14 in the conference.

    • 2 Corbindawg October 17, 2011 at 11:54 am

      The schedule has been weak, and we have dominated the inferior teams. Our defense did to Mississippi State about what LSU’s did to them. They have been supposed to dominate these crappy teams, and have done that. Big improvments on the defensive side of the ball.

    • 3 Corbindawg October 17, 2011 at 11:55 am

      Can’t judge whole unit for one bad game. Whole body of work shows dramtic improvement, and they pass the eyeball test, stats or no stats.

  2. 4 Bulldawg Bill October 17, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    Aside from GT, who uses the spread as their base offense, and for whom we usually have a couple weeks to gameplan, any team that has the option in it’s playbook seems to dust it off for UGA and gash us for big rushing yards. Assuming that these teams use it against someone else, why are we always unable to stop it?

    • 5 Corbindawg October 18, 2011 at 12:43 am

      Please tell me what teams so far this season have used the option (minus Vandy) to gash us? Georgia is giving up 102 ypg on the ground-3rd best in the SEC. Vandy got double our average. So far this season, no teams have abused us with the option. If Brantely comes back in Jax, which sounds likely, Florida won’t employ an option. KY and NM State won’t do any harm. Auburn doesn’t have a mobile enough QB to run the option, and the Tech game is a toss up. Our defense is far better than it was a year ago, so I am not sure I understand your complaint.

  3. 6 BrookhavenDawg October 18, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    Is it just me or does anyone else have a problem with Grantham’s strategy of placing 13 players on the field and then bringing 2 off? It seems like it takes him forever to call the play. Vandy burned us a few times by running a quick count when our defense was clearly not ready. If I was Florida I would be ready for this and exploit it.


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