When you’re facing a team that averages less than seven pass attempts a game, parts of your defensive playbook get tossed out for the week.
Don’t expect to see Georgia play many nickel or dime defensive packages in the next two weeks. The Bulldogs will be single-minded in their intention to defend the run on every down mostly out of a base defensive package.
“We’re really just in one personnel group,” Richt said. “It’s not like Georgia Southern plays a lot of different personnel groups, really. We’ve got to be in run-stopping defense every single snap, I don’t care if it’s third-and-25 or if it’s two-minute drill. When you start playing some defense other than to stop that system, that’s when they get the biggest and longest runs that you could imagine because you’re just not equipped to stop it.”
Grantham said defensive fundamentals, such as playing blocks, tackling, getting to the ball and knocking the ball out, carry over no matter the offensive scheme.
“The way we’re going to do it this game is unlike any other game we’ve played,” he said. “The mindset we’ll play with, the attitude we’ll play with, those kinds of things are still going to be there. That’s the core of your unit.”
That “getting to the ball and knocking the ball out” could be big, as GSU has a problem holding on to the ball. The Eagles rank outside the top fifty in 1-AA in turnover margin and fumbles lost this season.