Interesting perspective on how much playing Georgia Southern and Georgia Tech back-to-back might help Georgia’s defense prepare here:
“Somewhat it will help them just because of the assignment,” said Georgia Southern coach Willie Fritz, whose team lost to Georgia Tech last season 42-38. “Someone on the dive, quarterback, pitch. Really, I don’t know all the background in scheduling. I’ve only been here a couple of years. I think originally it was intended for an under-center, triple-option like Georgia Tech runs and what we used to run before I got here. In that regard, there’s quite a bit of difference between the two teams.”
And Paul Johnson adds something to that.
“They really played three option teams in a row if you want to count,” he said. “That’s what Auburn is really. …You know, they’ve played against us. We’ve played against them. I don’t think there will be a whole lot of change. They played three fronts against us last year, that’s what they play against everybody. Nobody is going to reinvent the wheel in three days.”
Tactically, I think Johnson has the better argument. Sure there are differences resulting from how the quarterback takes the ball, but in the end, Pruitt’s gonna do what Pruitt’s gonna do playing a run-oriented offense. And Tech is likely to probe Georgia’s defense the same way Southern did.
“They stretch you from sideline to sideline and guys got to play off blocks on the perimeter and make some plays, so it’s got to help hopefully,” Georgia defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt said. “There are some things we can take away from it. We have to do a better job on the perimeter, we let some balls out on us. We were fortunate on a couple of others that were close to getting out on us.”
But I do think Fritz’ point about getting the repetitions from playing assignment football is the more important. So maybe when Leonard Floyd says,
“It definitely gets us used to it,” said outside linebacker Leonard Floyd, who had a career-high 12 tackles and 3 1/2 for loss last Saturday. “As a defense, everybody has to do their job. You can’t do somebody else’s job. That’s how a lane opens up when you play those Wing-T type teams.”
… he and his teammates will be able to draw on their experience from their last two games to play like they talk.