A Closer Look At The UGA Defense

I have done this every Monday since the Ole Miss game.  It only has gotten better:

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+16+7)/10= 18.7 ppg. 

That represents team scoring defense, or how much the whole team has given up.   It doesn’t take into account how great the defense has played.  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+16+7)/10= approx. 13.1 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 the defense gave up during the Van Gorder era.   The 16 points scored by the NM State Aggies was the most that points scored soley on the defense since the Vanderbilt game, and Saturday was only the 4th time all season the opposing team did not get freebie points from speacial teams or offense. About 25% of the points scored against UGA this season the defense has not been accountable for. 

UGA’s defense has only given up 9 defensive touchdowns in its last 7 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.   Teams have scored on big plays.  Rarely has a team been able to drive the length of the field and score a TD against the UGA 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 and should win SEC Defensive Player of the Year (and he doesn’t play for Alabama or LSU).

What Georgia’s defense did to the Gators is comparable to what Alabama and LSU did.  What UGA’s defense has done against Mississippi State is comparable to what Alabama and LSU did.  What UGA did to Auburn is better than what LSU did.  Naysayers can complain about the schedule being weak, but I am sorry:  When you hold the second best running game in the SEC 140 yards below its average and when you only give up a TOTAL  of 12 rushing yards to Auburn, Florida, and Tennessee, no matter how good or bad they are, that is pretty special.

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.  Look at Auburn’s box score and see what a fully healthy and confident UGA defense can do.

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


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

  1. 1 barndawg November 14, 2011 at 11:28 am

    The defense gave up 12 yards COMBINED during Tennessee, Florida, Auburn games. Insane.

  2. 2 Granite November 14, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Your numbers are stupid and you can’t even add right. I bet you when to auBARN

    (just thought I’d beat everyone to the punch this week)

  3. 3 Drew November 14, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    Auburn has one of the best OC’s in football, and Grantham made him look like a novice, no small feat. It was the most impressive defensive performance in years for UGA. Grantham has a great staff too, Olivadotti and Lakotas and Garner are among the best, but this defense made a statement and once Auburn got off the scripted plays they took 2 weeks to come up on the first drive, they never really did anything. It’s more impressive when you consider Auburn had 2 weeks to get ready for Grantham. And when you consider how much was on the line with SC just winning their game. Again, I’d like to see Grantham shut down Georgia Tech before we drink the kool aide, but that was an amazing performance.

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