Abry Jones is out this Saturday.
My guess is that Grantham’s been gameplanning with Jones’ absence in mind for some time now. And it’s not as if he’s been a mainstay on the d-line since the Vanderbilt game anyway.
But Grantham’s got some hard decisions to make.
Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham admitted after the game that he had to play nose tackles John Jenkins and Kwame Geathers together more than planned, because of Abry Jones’ injury. On Sunday, Richt said the team could get more of a look at sophomore defensive end Ray Drew, and senior Cornelius Washington – normally an edge rusher – could see snaps inside. Jenkins and Geathers will also continue to play at the same time.
“It’ll probably be a little of all those things,” Richt said.
I’m probably in a minority on this, but I haven’t been a big fan of playing Jenkins and Geathers together – at least not as much as they’ve been deployed that way. I think Georgia’s missed having a fresher force up the middle late in several games and it’s showed in how certain teams have been able to run the ball in the fourth quarter with some success (UT and UK come to mind).
And forcing things up the middle is big Saturday. Georgia needs to contain Jeff Driskel – keep him in the pocket and force his runs to stay inside. But that also means the two nose players have to do their part, especially since the Gator quarterback is a big sucker. It would be a good time for Ray Drew to step up and pitch in so that Grantham can rotate more at the nose spot.