According to Phil Steele, Georgia returns a higher percentage of tackles than any other major program in the country. In the context of finishing fifth in total defense last year, I’d call that grounds for optimism.
“But I don’t look (at the last two losses to Alabama) like it’s a major scar. Our players know they went toe-to-toe with the gorilla. There’s more of a sense of frustration, to me, that we know we are just as good and just as physical as them. We just haven’t been able to close it out.” — Kirby Smart, ESPN, 8/12/19