So, we’ve given up 23 TDs when our defense is on the field. Taking those 4 TDs away from scoring defense, we’d still only be in the upper 60s in scoring defense in the nation. Part of that is competition: We’ve faced the number 8 (Missouri), 15 (LSU), 17 (Clemson), and 38 (South Carolina) scoring offenses in the nation. I would expect some of that to moderate through the season as we move into the less daunting part of our schedule.Still, that doesn’t fully explain the very pedestrian scoring defense (27.33 ppg). You know what does? Georgia has only forced teams to kick 5 FGs all season. Contrast that with 27 TDs (23 against the defense). That ratio puts UGA 105th or so in the nation. For comparison sake, Georgia gave up 34 TDs in all 14 games last season. That was against 13 FGs. In 2011, it was 37 TDs/11 FGs. So not only are teams getting more chances to score, they are converting those chances into TDs more, too.Merely getting to our percentages to 2012 levels (70% TDs on all scoring chances) for the second half of the season projects out to a full point per game improvement.
20 teams have a dedicated special teams coach that aren’t in charge of another position.Many teams choose a tight ends, running backs or linebackers coach to be the special teams coordinator.
Boston College’s special teams coordinator also coaches the sam linebackers and the nickel package. Talk about varied roles.
“I can easily say John Lilly is the special teams coordinator because he’s the one that does coordinate who has certain meeting times, who has certain practice times and he makes sure we’re all on the same page,” Richt said of his tight ends coach. “I think it’s a matter of semantics half the time.”
Highly paid defensive coordinator Todd Grantham gets a D+. I realize he’s been hampered by inexperienced personnel, especially in the secondary, but his second-half adjustments have been lacking (I don’t buy his argument that he doesn’t want to stress out his green players with a change in schemes), the younger players have shown little progress, and his attitude (it’s never his fault) is poor. Since special teams coaching is a piecemeal effort at Georgia, overall I’d mark that as an incomplete, but the punting situation definitely merits a barely passing grade.
Coach Mark Richt said last week that Swann was struggling and that continued against Missouri in the first half.“I thought he played a really good second half,” Richt said. “He started out maybe a little rugged in the first.”
The freshmen don’t have too many experienced players to lean on.
“The thing of it is, it’s not like you’re young with a senior around you,” defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said. “You’re young and there’s a young guy beside you.”
Georgia held up on the back end on first and second downs, helping the defense get sacks and incompletions, Grantham said.
“A lot of that credit goes to the players on the back end and the way they performed,” he said. “We’ve just got to work on getting it done on third down.”
Cornerback Sheldon Dawson, who’s played primarily special teams, could see defensive snaps.
“If it’s something he can do,” Grantham said, “red zone or a dime package or something like that, then we’ll do it.”
Not one Grambling football player attended Wednesday afternoon practice after players walked out of a Tuesday meeting with administration, according to a member of the football program.The source said players aren’t happy with the way they are treated, and frustrations boiled over Tuesday during a meeting with president Frank Pogue, athletic director Aaron James, interim coach George Ragsdale and student government president Jordan Harvey held in the stadium support facility building outside of Eddie G. Robinson Stadium.
The meeting occurred to address the reasons for bus travel to games in Kansas City and Indianapolis and the firing of head coach Doug Williams in mid-September.
But players walked out as the meeting became increasingly negative, according to the source, and the entire team left.
An Indiana man has confessed that he “killed the thing that he loved most in the world” after shooting his son in front of the 19-year-old’s pregnant girlfriend. David Carrender reportedly shot his son Wyatt over an argument about football.Witnesses told police that the 49-year-old Carrender had been drinking and watching football with his son at Buffalo Wild Wings, while Wyatt acted as his designated driver. The two began to argue when Wyatt took his father home before he was ready to leave. It turned into a physical confrontation back at their house, with Wyatt reportedly headbutting his dad and knocking him down a flight of stairs.
The older Carrender then got his handgun and shot his son several times, according to police.
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