Georgia continued preparations for Georgia Tech on Tuesday as the media got to see a brief six-minute viewing period. The Defense focused on cut blocks for the second day in a row. It was fundamental Tuesday with a twist by adjusting the usual drills to fit Tech’s style.
Cut blocks are more common than fans think. Sporting Charts, a website designed to answer questions about football terminology, defined cut blocking as an offensive strategy. A strategy in which offensive linemen will knock down defensive players by hitting them at the knees. Cut blocking is legal as long as another offensive player has not already engaged the defender. However, a lot of people consider it dirty, but rarely realize most teams’ including Georgia use it often.
Sometimes the cut block gets confused with the chop block, but the two are different. Cut blocks are legal and chop blocks aren’t. A chop block is, according to NFL Football Operations, a block by the offense in which one offensive player blocks a defensive player in the area of the thigh or lower while another offensive player engages that same defensive player above the waist. Chop blocks can cause injuries whereas cut blocks just allow triple option teams to run its offense efficiently.
Georgia focused on defending the low blows during Tuesday’s practice. The defensive line and linebackers highlighted it the most. Outside linebackers coach, Kevin Sherrer had players push down the offensive players and explode by them. He did this in threes with a round dummy to drive down on the final stage of the drill. Trey Scott lowered the tackling machine dummies to stimulate the Tech offensive line. He ran the same exercises as usual but made sure his players knew where to place their feet and hands to beat the cut blocks. Scott ran these drills to ensure his players knew how
Strength and Conditioning director, Scott Sinclair yelled at the linebackers to, “cut his a**” in reference to cut the offensive player down before he could get to them. Every assistant yelled at players to make sure they knew what to expect. Morale was at an all-time high while the media watched, and the intensity well the usual.
Hate week is in full force, as Georgia prepares for some clean-old fashion hate. Despite it being Thanksgiving week, the team looks focused and ready to face the Yellow Jackets on Saturday.
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