A Closer Look At The UGA Defense

Georgia’s defense has played outstanding so far this season.   Its 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+20)/8= exactly 20.5 ppg. 

But that calculation takes into account 28 points against South Carolina,  7 against Ole Miss,  7 against Mississippi State, 7 against Vanderbilt and 7 against Florida 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+13)/8=  exactly 13.5 ppg. 

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

UGA’s defense has only given up 6 defensive touchdowns in its last 5 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.  Another came from blown coverage on 4th and 19 against Florida (thier only offensive TD).  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.   What was so astoninshing is the 2nd half play of the defense. 

The UGA defense has playmakers all over the field.  The talent on that side of the ball is the best its been in 7 years.  Jarvis Jones is awesome.

What Georgia’s defense did to the Gators is comparable to what Alabama and LSU did. 

And this has been without Alec Ogletree most of the time and Christian Robinson a significant amount of time.  The second half of the Florida game, the UGA Defense had its full contingent for truly the first time all season.  The result for Florida?  32 yards, 3 points and one first down. 

I have been saying it for weeks here every Monday folks.  The UGA defense is elite.


30 Responses to “A Closer Look At The UGA Defense”

  1. 1 HOT-DAWG October 31, 2011 at 10:23 am

    Defense doing a heck of a job! Sidenote: Is anyone else impressed with how physical our receivers have been? We have been lucky to have stand out guys for the past 10 yrs, but as a whole this group really seems to battle for the ball!

    • 2 DawgByte October 31, 2011 at 3:28 pm

      The answer to your question is yes. Michael Bennett has been an unsung hero for Georgia. It’s time to give that young man some credit. He’s saved this offense more than once this year. If Murray gets the ball within reasonable vicinity our guys seem to be able to make the catches. Marlon Brown is also having a good year. They need to send him on more intermediate routes, particular slants across the middle to take advantage of his height and weight. We need Mitchell back for Auburn and Tech!!!

  2. 3 Bulldawg Bill October 31, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Those half game suspensions may have been a blessing in disguise. The ‘D’ came out completely fresh in the 2nd half. Amazing how good your defense can be when you can keep TALENTED fresh legs on the field all the time!

  3. 4 Rick October 31, 2011 at 10:42 am

    Yeah? We’ll see soon in the Auburn game if the stats are real or not.

    • 5 Corbindawg October 31, 2011 at 10:45 am

      I think after 8 games they are legit. We have done to Tennessee, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Florida what Alabama and LSU have done to them. So stats and the eye ball test have passed.

      • 6 Rick October 31, 2011 at 11:07 am

        It helps not to play teams like Alabama, LSU, or Arkansas. And 2 teams that score a lot of points will hurt the defense’s stats. Were about the sme at this time last year, then Auburn & Tech adjusted to true numbers.

      • 7 Corbindawg October 31, 2011 at 11:08 am

        If you think our defense is as good as it was last year, then I have some ocean front property in Arizona I’ll sell you for a penny.

  4. 8 Rick October 31, 2011 at 11:22 am

    Considering we coughed up 80 points in first 2 games, all points count against defense, can’t do funny math, I’m not as confident as you are asbout how we’ll do against Auburn & Tec, I do remember last year when everyone was lauding the defense before the Auburn game.

    • 9 Corbindawg October 31, 2011 at 11:29 am

      It is not funny math. I have done this every Monday since the Ole Miss game. How can you hold the defense accountable for points scored when they are not on the field? What should be alarming is that we average a touchdown a game against us on Special Teams or offensive turnovers.

      And I don’t think anyone was high on the UGA defense last year before Auburn, at least like they are now. Florida man handled us on the ground. I said a year ago prior to the Auburn game I thought Grantham would get the unit on track, but we were just not there yet:

      “While I have full faith and confidence that Grantham is the guy to bring the defensive unit back on track, I don’t think he’s there yet.

      Because the key to the game is going to be the defense, stupid.”


      • 10 Rick October 31, 2011 at 11:39 am

        What I meant by funny math was South Carolina scored 45 points on us but you said in your math calculations 17 points was more accurate? Sounds good, unfortunately, all 45 points count in the defensive scoring stats. Grantham should rep those situations more if he wants his numbers to go down because ultimately points scored against us falls on Grantham. I am not impressed with the 7 game swing through Cupcake alley as others (have you seen the win/loss records of the 7 teams ending with New Mexico State? Best team we played had 4 losses). I consider Boise & South Carolina a better test of the defense than say Coastal Carolina and Ole Miss. Just me.

      • 11 Corbindawg October 31, 2011 at 11:53 am

        I know how it is calculated, but the fact is the defense wasn’t on the field for a lot of those. You have to look outside the numbers sometime, that is why I started doing this every week, becuase I knew someone would question the level of which the D has played, and this serves as a reminder of how good they have been.

        So the defense has played extremely well, even with those points included. If you watched the games, you’ll see that while we have played cupcakes, the UGA D has done against the cupcakes what the LSU/Alabama d has done to them.

      • 12 Rick October 31, 2011 at 11:55 am

        Defense gave up:
        16.6 pts a game to non-winning teams 2010 vs. 19.2 in 2011
        2.6 pts a game improvement, 13% better.

        27 points a game to winning teams in 2010 vs. 40 in 2011
        13 ptsd a game decline, 32% worse.

  5. 13 Rick October 31, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    if you break out the win loss records of Cupcake Alley 7 non-winning teams, ending with New Mexico State:
    4 teams are currently 4-4, 2 are 3-5, 1 is 2-6. (New Mex is 3-5).

    I know that’s really impressive to some, to me, it’s not even close to impressive. I would have thought the defensive stats would have been even better than the 13% improvement over 2010 against non-winning teams, considering the level of competition.

  6. 14 HOT-DAWG October 31, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    I don’t mean to disrespect LSU or Alabama. Both teams are very, very good. But why are we getting bashed for a cupcake schedule when we are playing the same people? We all play Fla, Ole Miss, Miss St, Auburn, and Tenn. While they get a shot at Vandy or Kentucky? They play Ark (the team that needed a missed field goal to beat Vandy) and we played SC when they had everyone. We each played a high profile game (penn st, boise, and oregon) and we each played a couple of crappy games. We have to play tech and LSU played W Virginia. Alabama plays Kent st. Now I know that they have to play each other (and I will be glued to the tv to see the two best teams in the country play!) But if we make it to ATL (and thats a big if) we will have to play one of them. All of this rambling leads to the question. Why is it that LSU/ALA beats a good Miss St team that is better than their record and UGA plays the same teams and we barely getting by on our cupcake schedule?

    • 15 Rick October 31, 2011 at 1:59 pm

      Alabama has dominated their opponents, we beat Vandy by 5, Florida by 4. LSU has beaten 5 ranked teams already, and all by at least 2 td’s, most by 4 td’s or more. We are playing non-winning teams, and barely winning those games. Also, you look at expectations, everybody expected Bama & LSU to be a top 5 team, and they’ve played like it wiht a target on their back every week. Everybody expected us to beat Boise or South Carolina, and we didn’t. And people expected us to dominate the Cupcakes, and we havn’t, except for Coastal Carolina.

      • 16 Corbindawg October 31, 2011 at 2:06 pm

        I have not said anything about the offense and what they have been able to do. The title is “A Closer Look at the UGA Defense”. Georgia has played crappy teams, and the defense has made the crappy teams look crappy. Alabama gave up 7 points to Ole Miss, UGA’s D gave up 7 points to Ole Miss. LSU shut down Mississippi State and Florida; UGA shut down Mississippi State and Florida. The defense has been getting the job done this season, sir.

      • 17 Sanford222View October 31, 2011 at 3:39 pm

        And the margins of our wins have nothing to do with the D. It has been due to offensive and special teams lapses. The blame the D could get would be they are playing too well allowing Bobo/Richt to go conservative in the second half of several wins (Miss St., Ole Miss, & Tenn.)

        We are playing the same teams as Bama and LSU in many of these games. UGA’s D has put up similar stats against them as LSU & Bama.

  7. 18 Albany_Dawg October 31, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    People like Rick will always find something to bitch about. And that’s coming from me.

  8. 19 BuyPropertyUcheeDawg! October 31, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Yes, our offense has problems. Yes, our special teams have major problems. But our defense is NOT the problem. Todd Grantham has done a masterful job thus far. Our real problem with the defense is wondering how in the world we are going to hang on to Grantham after next year……

  9. 20 Rick October 31, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    I was replying to HotDawg’s post about what’s difference between Bama & LSU & us.
    1- # of ranked teams they’ve already beaten
    2- scoring margin against cupcakes (reflect on def, sp teams & off)
    3- living up to top 5 expectations with target on back

    Closer look at UGA’s def shows 13% better vs. non-winning teams than last yea rin scoring, 32% worse vs winning teams in scoring.

    We are worse against winning team than 2010 defensively in:
    1) interceptions per game
    2) tackles for loss
    3) forced fumbles per game
    4) scoring

    Only way we are better than 2010 defensively against winning teams is 3rd down conversion.

    • 21 Sanford222View October 31, 2011 at 3:43 pm

      Your defense vs. non-winning/winning teams stat is meaningless. The sample size is too small and the stats for the USCe game are greatly skewed with 21/28 pts scored when the D was on the sidelines.

      • 22 DrumDawg October 31, 2011 at 5:32 pm

        Truth is, we don’t play well against the big boys defensively since Grantham got here, last year or this year.

        We have a good enough sample size now, after 20 games, 6 or more against big boys, to see that a Grantham led defense beats up on little guys, and is pretty average against the big boys.

        Technically, the offense put up enough points to win the first 2 games, but the team just let Boise and Gamecoacks score points every which way but loose.

        Most of the guys on kick/punt coverage are defensive players, and they miss a lot of tackles and don’t play gap control.

      • 23 Corbindawg October 31, 2011 at 5:38 pm

        Again, Grantham’s unit was not accountable for 28 points South Carolina scored. So how is 17 points against a fully healthy Lattimore not good? Come on guys quit this trick or treat mess. The defense is good. If you want ti bitch about the offense or speculation teams and the coaching that is related to those units I am with you. If you want to bitch about the defense, the Dawgvent or AJC is waiting.

      • 24 Corbindawg October 31, 2011 at 5:39 pm

        And I can spell but can’t type on a touch screen phone…

  10. 25 HOT-DAWG October 31, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    Im not saying we were playing as well (we lost 2 games.) I just said that minus the LSU/ALA game our schedules aren’t that different. Miss State was a “good” team when LSU played them. Fla was a “good/had a shot at the east team” when ALA played them. Same teams. I wasn’t comparing our team to LSU/ALA just the schedule. That being said we are a lot better than we were week one and are finding ways to have more points on the board at the end of the game than the other guys. Every time the dawgs step on the field I think they should win. I also don’t get that empty feeling in my stomach the second something goes wrong. I haven’t been able to say that the last few seasons.

  11. 26 Corbindawg October 31, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    I would rather have a bunch of boring, low scoring victories a la 2003 and 2004 than a lot of exciting losses, or games like Arakansas 2009 wher we score 50 to win, but they score 35.

  12. 27 ColdDawg October 31, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    I put more weight in games against strong competition. If you want to really be #1, you have to beat up on the best teams.

    Last 2 seasons, we’ve been 2 teams, team 1 beats up all the little guys, team 2 loses to all the big boys.

    I am not satisfied with that. I want and expect more out of Grantham than that.

    I didn’t think the defense played great in either of the 2 big boys we played this season. Acutally, they seemed to get worse this year, against the big boys, than last.

    I am anxious to see how the defense plays against Auburn, and possibly even Georgia Tech.

    And the defense better annihilate New Mexico State and Kentucky.

  13. 28 VWGuy October 31, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    If you think about it, CorbinDawg is right. Of the 6 td’s allowed, against the last 5 teams, 4 came off of turnovers and put em’ in bad field position. So, you can really only count 2. And if you consider out of those 2 td’s, only 1 cam when the defense was healthy with Ogletree & the gang. 1 td all year, that’s not too shabby. Rambo thought a wobbled John Brantley was going to run for 19 yards or else it would be 0 td’s allowed. And I think Brantley corssed the line of scrimmage before he threw. So wipe that one out. So really, 0 scored.

  14. 29 69Dawg October 31, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    I really feel a lot more stupid from hearing some of you idiot replies. Grantham does not coach the special teams nor the Offense. When the Special Teams give up points or the O has a pick 6 or scoop and score the D is not at fault. To say they are reveals your stupidity. As a smart person once said if your stupid just keep your mouth shut.

  15. 30 dawgfan17 November 1, 2011 at 3:22 am

    No sense in trying to argue with someone who says “Grantham should rep those situations more if he wants his numbers to go down because ultimately points scored against us falls on Grantham.” When the defense never stepped foot on the field for three of Carolina’s touchdowns. Two were scored on the offense and one against the special teams. Yes the defense was on the field for the fourth one when the fumble was returned to the 5 yard line so I guess yo can blame the defense for that one. Either he is just trying to stir up crap or truly does not understand football in the least.

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