Regardless of Newton’s playing status tomorrow, he’s responsible for at least this:
… Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham has worked his players more this week than usual on tackling to prepare for Newton.
“When you do tackle him, he’s a big guy and he can make guys miss,” Grantham said. “You’ve got to pursue. You’ve got to make sure when you get on him that you wrap him up and you kind of hang on a little bit.”
He added: “You’ve got to accelerate your feet. You can’t let your feet die, because he’s a big guy. You’ve got to be aware he’s a stiff-arm tackler because when you come in to tackle him, he’s going to use his off hand because he’s a big, strong guy.”
If you’re a Georgia defensive coordinator, you can never work your guys too much on tackling.
Maybe sweating the small stuff is another reason, in a year that’s on pace to become the second highest scoring one of all time in D-1, that Georgia’s ranking in scoring defense has improved from 63rd in 2009 to 23rd so far this season.