What’s Happened To Georgia’s Pass Rush?
Though Georgia possesses one of the nation’s top defenses, Kirby Smart is not too pleased with the Dawgs pass rush lately.
Georgia ranks last in the SEC – tied with Arkansas – with just 10 sacks on the season. That puts UGA on track for 20 sacks this season (in a 14 game season), which would be Georgia’s lowest sack tally since at least the turn of the century, according to DawgNation.
“There’s always a level of concern when you don’t have affect quarterback numbers,” Smart said this week. “Disruption is what we look for. We’re not disrupting the quarterback enough.”
Georgia has not recorded a sack in three of its past four games.
“We aren’t rushing like we were the first couple of games,” senior outside linebacker Davin Bellamy said, referring to Georgia’s first three games of the season in which it recorded seven sacks. “I don’t know why that is. But we have that bye week to figure it out.”
The coaches, however, claim they do not look too far into the sack count, as there are other ways to “disrupt the quarterback” – QB hurries, hits, forcing inopportune throws, etc.
Georgia’s front seven has a chance to regain its mojo next week vs Florida, though. The Gators rank 13th in the SEC and 112th in the nation in sacks allowed, haven already given up 20 sacks.
“We’re trying. We’re really working hard on that this week to generate some,” Smart said. “It’s not more pressure, it’s not more blitzes, it’s just rush guys and win.”