This may be a grudging acknowledgement on my part, but I have to admit this counts as improvement.
… There’s another glaring stat that Georgia has: just one sack. Only six other teams at the FBS level have just one sack so far, and four have none. But Grantham pushed back on the importance of that stat, saying that pressuring the quarterback is just as important.
“Yeah. I mean, we’re doing fine,” he said. “Look, sacks, everyone wants them, I like them too, but there’s other things that are more important.”
He then pointed to third-down defense, where the team is now second in the SEC after finishing 12th last year, which he said was a byproduct of pressure.
Besides third-down defense, another area of obvious improvement from last year is big plays. The defense was plagued by them last year, but so far this year there have been just two plays of more than 20 yards.
Even taking Coastal Carolina out of the equation, the Dawgs rank third in the conference in opponent third-down conversion rate. Considering that’s after playing two top ten teams, it’s not too shabby.
This is an area that many of us were screaming about after last season. Grantham needed to improve it drastically for Georgia’s chances to improve in 2011. So far, give the man credit for paying attention.