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November 16, 2012

No. 5 Georgia adjusts to prepare for triple-option

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ATHENS —

"It really is a different brand of football in terms of the kinds of things defensive coaches are teaching their guys on a weekly basis in preparation for a more traditional offense," he told the Savannah Morning News. "That gives a little bit of an advantage to teams that are running the option because it is so different."

Georgia's defense, coming off its first shutout of Auburn since 1976, knows that it can't fall for all the chicanery the Eagles will try to pull with their fakes and misdirection. The coaches are always preaching about sticking to assignments and not trying to do too much, but that's especially important against the option.

"It's difficult, but at the same time it still helps you with the fundamentals of football," Robinson said. "A lot of the time defending this style of offense comes down to the most basic fundamentals of football, of just being in position, making tackles, and knocking them back. That's how you defend this offense and that's how you win games."

The Bulldogs will have to be especially mindful of Georgia Southern quarterback Jerick McKinnon, who accounted for five touchdowns in last week's victory over Howard. He rushed for a career-high 198 yards and three touchdowns and threw two passes, as well.

Georgia Southern leads the FCS in rushing, averaging 401.2 yards per game, and will look to keep the ball away from Georgia's offense as much as possible. Because it's hard to see the Eagles doing much to slow the Bulldogs' potent attack.

Aaron Murray leads the SEC in passing efficiency, freshmen running backs Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall have combined for nearly 1,600 yards, and Georgia is averaging nearly 37 points a game.

Murray said the two freshmen, nicknamed "Gurshall" in tribute to former Georgia great Herschel Walker, have allowed the offense to flourish.

"We want to be balanced. They give us balance," Murray said. "They can run the ball, eat up the clock, make big runs. It's unbelievable. It feels like the Oregon offense sometimes, how they break through with those big 40-, 50-, 60-, 70-yard touchdown runs."

 

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