Georgia football secondary: A
Georgia’s secondary gave up 332 passing yards, but they could pick off Hendon Hooker, so while they didn’t have their best performance, it was good enough to win, which resulted in an A grade.
The Dawgs secondary also recorded two critical pass breakups in the game. Georgia played pretty clean against the Vols, but they had multiple defensive pass interference calls according to the SEC officials, and that stings.
Kelee Ringo had one of them, but he is the only one excused because he had to, or they would have scored.
If it’s a reasonable penalty, that is one thing, but the other ones were silly.
Georgia’s secondary had their work cut out for them, but they got comfortable again once they adjusted by putting Chris Smith at star and Dan Jackson at safety. This move helped the defense make plays downfield and keep Tennessee from having too many explosive moments.
Derion Kendrick got beat a few times, but he is the one who intercepted Hooker’s pass. He plays so tough, this whole unit does, so while they gave up 300-plus passing yards, it’s because Georgia took away their rush attack.
It isn’t a good thing when a team has to make 48 pass attempts. That means they had their rush attack taken away, so the Dawgs did their job on Saturday. That yardage number is irrelevant this week because this group did their job well enough to help lead the Dawgs to win 10-straight games. So while the secondary looks like they struggled on paper, this group did plenty to help get the victory.