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October 12, 2012

Georgia's struggling defense missing 'swag'

ATHENS — Bacarri Rambo believes Georgia's defense has too much talent to be giving up so many points.

NFL draft experts agree.

ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. has Georgia outside linebacker Jarvis Jones No. 1 on his 2013 NFL draft board. Scouts Inc.'s projected first round includes four members of Georgia's defense: Jones, defensive tackle Jonathan Jenkins, linebacker Alec Ogletree and safety Shawn Williams. Jones and Ogletree are juniors.

Despite that top talent, No. 14 Georgia lost to South Carolina 35-7 last week, one week after giving up 44 points in a narrow win over Tennessee.

Georgia (5-1, 4-1 SEC) is off this week and plays at Kentucky next week.

Rambo, a 2011 first-team All-America safety, says the defense has been hurt by communication breakdowns.

"Everybody is guessing, well not guessing, but just some people don't prepare well enough like some others do," Rambo said. "It's just like they thought we were going to be in this call and one person said we're going to be in this call, so everybody is on different pages.

"Once we get everybody on the same page ... once that happens, everything else will start to fall in place."

Linebacker Christian Robinson also said poor communication is a problem.

"Mainly little things," Robinson said. "Usually once you've made a mistake you correct it, but once you've made five different mistakes, that may be five touchdowns. That's why we practice so much and meet so much, to eliminate those communication issues before they happen."

Linebacker Jordan Jenkins said there were breakdowns against South Carolina even when most members of the defense were in position to make stops.

"On certain plays, one or two people were not doing something right," Jenkins said. "In the SEC, if one person isn't doing something right, then all hell is going to break loose."

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