It’s no big secret that Georgia at times looked out of sync on the defensive side of the ball against Tennessee. One reason for that is that the Dawgs had four players starting at their positions for the first time this season: Rambo at safety, Commings at cornerback, Ogletree at the Sam linebacker position… and Herrera at the Mike linebacker position.
Grantham is a big believer in getting the best eleven guys on the field, and that’s great, but there was also a price for that last weekend.
“Amarlo’s earned that right because of the way he’s played in the first few games,” defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said. “As a coach we tell players if you make plays, we’re going to find a way to get you on the field. He’s earned the right to play. …We’ll stick with it and continue to work it.”
Herrera, a 6-4, 245-pound sophomore, leads Georgia with 36 tackles.
At “Mike,” he’s asked now to signal the plays to the defense and identify formations.
“It was a little different at first trying to feel my way out,” Herrera said. “After a few minutes, I got in the flow of it.”
I’m certain things will improve as the defense adjusts to the moves. The question is whether things will improve fast enough. Like by this coming Saturday.