Georgia Football: Dawgs’ pass defense hit new level in Vandy victory

Christopher Smith of the Georgia Bulldogs runs with an interception against the Vanderbilt Commodores. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
Christopher Smith of the Georgia Bulldogs runs with an interception against the Vanderbilt Commodores. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images) /

On Saturday, Georgia football shined in their 62-0 victory against Vanderbilt, but the brightest spots were the pass defense.

The Dawgs usually see their front seven dominate the game so much they get all the glory, but this week, they did their job, but it was the secondary and pass defense that did a fantastic job at almost completely shutting down the Commodores.

While they did get a sack and four tackles for loss, that back end of the defense refused to give up much.

Georgia’s pass defense gave up just 24 yards through the air and earned two interceptions. They also tallied five pass breakups in the game.

Those two picks give Georgia seven total on the season through four games.

Vandy’s quarterbacks went 5-of-18, with the longest pass going for 10 yards. Lewis Cine, Kelee Ringo, Kamari Lassiter and Christopher Smith were just four playmakers on Saturday.

Lassiter, a true freshman, earned his first career interception late in the game. Smith caught the first interception that led to six points early on in the game. This pick gives Smith his second on the season and the leader.

Ringo recorded two of the five pass breakups, with Cine and Latavious Brini each getting one themselves. Travon Walker got the fifth one as the big man got in on the action too.

This game marks the fourth straight game with at least one interception. One of the biggest things I’ve felt like Georgia has had a hard time is forcing turnovers. However, this secondary is on fire so far this season. Six different players have picks by their names, and I love that.

Fumbles are fun to see, but there is something about seeing a corner or safety snag the ball out of the air. It’s way more exciting to see a pick than a fumble, even though I’d take either every game.

This group is on pace to have 21 total interceptions if they continue at this rate of averaging 1.75 a game.

While that is very unlikely, if they do hit a number close to that, I  sure hope Georgia is sitting at No. 1 in the country and national title winners. Regardless, I’m just flat-out excited about being able to be that aggressive in the secondary.

Georgia needs an intelligent yet aggressive secondary, and even though no one thought this group would be this good this early in the season, they’ve proved a lot of people wrong, including myself.

Some tougher opponents are coming up for Georgia, but this squad’s confidence continues to grow each week. The Dawgs are giving up 115.75 yards through the air on average, making them quite a force. It’ll be tough for any team to make plays on them if they keep this eliteness going.

Georgia’s struggled through the air for a while on the defensive side of the ball, but so far this season, they’ve done a great job at containing opponents, and that is all we can ask from them.

Whenever anyone gives up just 24 passing yards against an SEC opponent, regardless if it’s Vanderbilt or not, it’s impressive and deserves the most praise.

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When a defense shuts down a passing attack like that, it should make every other SEC school shake in their boots because that is just sheer dominance. This group is the real deal, and Georgia’s defense is the best in the country, no question about it.