One thing I didn’t notice Saturday — sorry, but I’m still trying to catch up with the current roster numbers — is that Georgia’s defense didn’t come out in its usual set.
Sophomore Adam Anderson, a 6-foot-5, 225-pound former 5-star prospect, continued to work at inside linebacker.
The Bulldogs array of outside linebackers is impressive, with Azeez Ojulari and JUCO transfer Jermaine Johnson starting against Murray State. Nolan Smith, the nation’s No. 1-ranked recruit in the 2019 class, came off the bench.
Georgia has typically gone with a 3-3-5 personnel look, but Smart explained things were done different against Murray State with intent.
“The reason he started … is what personnel they were in, we had a package that we’re gonna play against certain teams,” Smart said after the game. “They were in four-wides. We wanted more speed on the field, so we had two outside backers on the field instead of big D-Ends.
“We were just trying to go a little more athletic and more light. So he fit the mold for that. We knew we were gonna roll a lot of guys. So that’s just a small package we had.”
“We wanted more speed on the field…”. Good Lawd, as if that defense wasn’t fast enough already.
It’s nice to have ridiculous roster depth.