Kirby Smart Pushing The Georgia Defense To Be Better
Georgia coach Kirby Smart isn’t happy that his Bulldogs defense allowed the first two touchdowns against a Southeastern Conference opponent….in their third league game.
Smart calls the Vanderbilt game a wake-up call for the fourth-ranked Bulldogs.
“Our defense needed that,” Smart said. “They have been told by the media and everyone else that they’re the greatest thing ever….We didn’t play to the standard that we’re supposed to. We can get better defensively and coach off of this performance to get their attention.”
The Bulldogs have the nation’s second-best scoring defense and the nation’s most efficient defense. The Dawgs are yielding an average of just 10 points a game this season. They have a shutout at Tennessee and 19 points is the most the defense has allowed in a game this season.
Georgia had a streak of six scoreless quarters before giving up its first touchdowns in SEC play to Vanderbilt, the second set up by a turnover returned to the Georgia 1.
Georgia ranks third nationally allowing 242.7 yards per game and fifth in the nation in rushing defense (86.0 yards per game). With a Missouri passing attack that’s averaging 294 yards per game and 175 rushing yards per game visiting Athens on Saturday, Kirby Smart and defensive coordinator Mel Tucker will be sure the Dawgs won’t be resting on their press clippings.