Reading between the lines of this Q & A with Jeremy Pruitt, I’d say the defensive staff didn’t do as good a job of washing out all thoughts of the Clemson game as they hoped. Some of it sounds like the fault of Pruitt himself.
Q: It seemed you generally substituted less in this game. Is that true?
A: “That’s a mistake on our part. Going into the game we expected to play the exact same way. We got away from it a little bit. We’re going to get back to it because we feel like we’ve got guys who deserve to play.”
Then there’s this about Leonard Floyd, who had a quiet game Saturday:
Q: To what do you owe the lack of pressure and/or production from your edge rushers?
A: “Well, you’ve got to give South Carolina credit because they’ve got two pretty good tackles. Second of all, they played with some tight ends and kept them in on the edge some. They mixed up their protections and chipped a little bit with running backs. So those guys have got to learn from it. You know, when you have success like Leonard had the first week of the year and last year a little bit, that’s what people do to guys that can rush the quarterback. They have a plan for them. And the guy that was calling the plays for them (Spurrier), he’s one of the best in the business. He had a plan for them.
So, now we have to hope the South Carolina game was a valuable learning experience. More than Troy will be, I trust. Tennessee will make for an interesting test, though. The Vols don’t have much of an offensive line, and that’s hurt their running game, but they’ve got some receivers who will challenge Georgia’s secondary.