Led by defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, the Gators are No. 38th in total defense so far this year, allowing an average of 21 points per game. Two weeks ago against LSU, however, the Gator defense gave up 49 points, 454 total yards of offense, and 321 yards rushing, which is about 7.1 yards a carry.
While Georgia’s bread and butter has always been running the football, the passing game will be on display in Jacksonville more frequently, especially since receivers such as Arian Smith and Jermaine Burton could be back on the field for the Dawgs. However, Ladd McConkey and Brock Bowers will also be quarterback favorites.
Florida has produced some great secondary units over the years, and it continues this year with Trey Dean and fellow teammate Kaiir Elam. Dean sometimes gets overlooked because of Elam, but he is quietly turning in a pretty good season.
In seven games, the senior has racked up 46 total tackles, two tackles for loss, an interception, and has six pass breakups this year.
His biggest career claim to fame was intercepting Alabama quarterback Mac Jones during the 2020 SEC Championship game, but he received a stinger from Alabama receiver John Metchie for his troubles.
At 6-3, Dean has the height to defend many of Georgia’s receivers. He has experience playing at both defensive back and safety, so expect Todd Grantham to line him up all over the field to contain the Georgia passing attack.
He can even put pressure on the quarterbacks coming off the edge, as he does have 3.5 career sacks to his name.
Whether it’s JT Daniels or Stetson Bennett throwing on Saturday, Dean will be someone for these two quarterbacks to watch.