There may be a battle brewing on the Georgia (2-1, 1-0) defense. Luckily it’s not of the same variety as the one that almost boiled over at Sanford Stadium two weeks ago when two South Carolina (2-1, 0-1) defensive coaches nearly had a fist fight during the game. Mark Richt said he’d like to see more guys rotating at the inside linebacker spot, likely in response to the 211 rushing yards the Bulldogs are allowing per game. That puts them 102nd out of 123 FBS teams in rushing defense.
Georgia is allowing a startling 6.2 yards per rush attempt. To put that into perspective, the much-maligned Texas Longhorns (1-2, 0-0) defense, which ranks 121st in the nation, is only yielding 6.0 yards per rush. Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said junior linebacker Amarlo Herrera wouldn’t be coming off the field, hinting that the other inside backer, Ramik Wilson, will be sharing time with freshman Reggie Carter. Despite the poor overall defensive numbers, Herrera and Wilson were the SEC‘s two leading tacklers after the second week of the season. And Georgia’s bye week only dropped them to fourth and fifth, with Herrera at 24 and Wilson at 22.
What to look for in Week 4: Against North Texas – a team that ranks 94th nationally in total defense, allowing 435.7 yards per game – Georgia should have no problem scoring early and often, creating playing time for some of the players who rarely saw the field in the first two games against Clemson and South Carolina. On defense, expect a much tougher performance up front, helping bring those rushing totals down a bit.