While I’m not ready to attribute the superpowers this David Paschall piece credits Deandre Baker with having (okay, I’ll grant you that Briscoe’s departure can be tied to Baker’s emergence, but McGraw played a different position and Hurd’s on a different team, for goodness sake), I will say that if you take a look at Georgia’s pass defense game log for this season, it’s hard not to see that Baker’s move into the starting lineup had some effect, at least in one area.
Need help? Okay — Georgia’s defense gave up 11 passing touchdowns in the first five games of the season and only one in the last seven. Sure, Missouri and Ole Miss made a chunk of difference there, but still, one in the last seven is one in the last seven.
If you’re looking for a little more evidence, check out the monthly progress here.
If the improvement is a mirage based on the schedule, I guess we’ll find that out for sure in the bowl game, as TCU is 24th nationally in passing yardage.