“They have a really great defensive front,” Dores quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels said. “I have so much respect for the front, because a lot of their success doesn’t come from moves right off the line, they just have guys like (Vanderbilt’s) Walker (May) and Caleb (Azubike), and the guys on our D-line that just want it and want it really badly. They dropped eight into coverage and it took a lot of time to go through progressions, and those three just worked as hard as they could. Part of them dropping eight into coverage was allowing more time for their defensive line to work, and that really helped them be successful.”
Michael Sam leads the SEC in sacks, with six. He gets them in bunches, recording three in two games.
The strategy for the Tigers – “Missouri’s swarm of edge players becomes so effective in the second half if Missouri’s offense is scoring points early, forcing teams to become one dimensional” – is something that Georgia is going to have to make a real effort to avoid, on both sides of the ball. The good news is that it’s been a while since any defense has made Georgia one-dimensional on offense. And it’s certainly worth remembering that the offensive line has only yielded seven sacks in five games. But that doesn’t mean I’m not getting a few bad vibes about the left tackle position.
Though I am trying to stay calm by absorbing the inscrutable wisdom of Gary Pinkel.
Asked about Georgia late Saturday night, Pinkel did his best Norman Dale.
“They’re a great team and we get to play them in a great stadium,” he said. “We have great respect for them. We’ve got to get better. We’ve got to focus on tomorrow, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. We’re playing one of the best quarterbacks in the country.”
“I think (their field) is 100 yards long, though.”
Serenity now, grasshoppers.