If you’re looking for the silver lining in the dark cloud that is Georgia’s current defensive line situation, Smart’s got one for you:
“The good thing is we don’t play an LSU, Arkansas type that’s just going to break your neck, but we do have to play fast-tempo teams.”
On top of that, most of the offenses Georgia will face before season’s end don’t deploy particularly productive rushing attacks.
After the opener, the Bulldogs will face only one opponent — Tennessee on Oct. 1 — that ranked in the national top 40 in rushing offense last season before taking on Auburn and Georgia Tech in November.
Sure hope some of the true freshmen have developed by then, and maybe Jonathan Ledbetter, of whom Smart says “it’ll surprise everybody” when they find out how many games he’s suspended for, will be reinstated. In the meantime, fingers crossed.