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Georgia Defense Focused on Front Seven

Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith (3) zeroes in on Yellow Jacket QB TaQuon Marshall (16). - UGA vs. GT - Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 -
Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith (3) zeroes in on Yellow Jacket QB TaQuon Marshall (16).


The Georgia defense showed some different things in their preparation for their rematch with the Auburn Tigers in the SEC championship.


The defensive coaching staff seemed to be placing a large amount of focus on preparing their front seven for the stout offensive front that the Tigers have. This front seven group was also placing large emphasis on stopping the run, which should come as no surprise as the Tigers rely heavily on the play of their backs.
However, the intriguing part of how the defense was preparing was the fact that the defense seemed to be running a lot of plays out of a base 4-3 set. The Bulldogs normally go with three down linemen rather than four, but perhaps the Bulldogs are getting creative on their ways to prepare for the Tigers’ talented running back Kerryon Johnson.
The main player who was working as the fourth down lineman was outside linebacker Davin Bellamy. Bellamy has experience with putting his hand on the ground and playing this position, but if the Bulldogs are trying to stop the run, I expected the team to puta bigger body there. Also, it is notable that the whole defensive coaching staff was working with this group, except for coach Mel Tucker who was with the defensive backs.
Tucker spent a lot of time working with the defensive backs on striking a man at the line and overall he seemed very pleased with his groups’ work in the drill. I heard him yell multiple times, “good!” as the group seemed to impress top to bottom.
I did not notice anyone on the defensive side of the ball missing and most of the guys that did seem to be missing were working with the scout time like freshman phenom Deangelo Gibbs. Overall the Bulldogs seem locked in and their focus could lead to them getting revenge.




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Michael Pope is a Journalism student in the Grady School of Journalism at the University of Georgia, with an emphasis in sports. He enjoys covering all sports, especially basketball, football, and baseball.