Many folks think the defense came out stale, or got pushed around, or just flat out sucked in the first half. It is true, Florida Atlantic was something ridiculous like 8/12 on third downs in the first half and racked up a lot of yards. But last night’s game showed me why UGA’s defense is in very good hands for years to come. Here’s why:
- Grantham is building depth. Quick – who are our 2 starting inside linebackers? Tree and … there are a bunch of folks that can play. Herrera is a beast. An absolute beast and he is only getting better. C-Rob puts in a workman like effort every time he plays. Gillard give me headaches but is a solid player. And then there’s the next generation of kids that will get reps there too. Last night, we held out our 2 starting OLB (Jones, C-Wash) and got a freshman some significant time there. Jarvis was in his ear all night too, which is only a good thing. “He was chewing me out a couple of times. “He was telling me I needed to get my rush better and play the cut blocks better,” he said. “He doesn’t hold back.” That’s a good thing.
- Grantham was preparing us for Vandy. Wait, does this sound familiar? It should, because he definitely has run a scheme for the team next week when playing a cupcake. I was going nuts against Buffalo, but later was reassured that we were just working on the next week.
- If there were really issues with the defense, we would have had troubles in the second half too. But we did not and held them to 55 yards.
- It is worth noting that the following starters were still out: Jarvis Jones (all-american), Rambo (all-american), Tree (potential all-american), and
Cornelius Washington(edit: C-Wash did play but was limited with a hamstring injury). There were probably others I missed too.
Lots of freshmen and others who will need to step up next year played, and played a lot. Ask our offensive line what it’s like to be green and not have a lot of experience playing the year before then being thrown in as a starter.