Georgia football defense: A-
Georgia football’s defense was so close to getting an A+ on the season, but then they gave up 41 points to Alabama, and that wasn’t good at all.
At times, this group struggled against the Tide and got away from playing their game. Instead of being dominant and strong, they looked weak. Georgia couldn’t get much pressure on Alabama’s quarterback Bryce Young, and well, he had a field day.
Georgia would have gotten glowing marks here, but that game decreased them to an A-. While the movement isn’t much, when you hold opponents to 9.54 points through 13 games, it’s still pretty dang impressive.
Plus, Georgia likely has 11 guys on defense who will get drafted in the upcoming NFL Draft. That tells you something about what kind of unit this is.
The Dawgs still give up on average 81.7 rushing, 172.62 passing, and 254.3 total yards a game. That Alabama game is an outlier on these stats and proves why one game doesn’t define anything outside, adding a loss to the year.
With a field general like Butkus winner Nakobe Dean and a guy up front like Jordan Davis, if the Dawgs play their game and don’t let the opponent get in their head, this grading will move back up to an A+. Those stats are impressive.
Don’t fret, Georgia fans — this defense is stout and better than they showed against Alabama. There is much to improve, especially in the secondary, but it is doable because of the time between now and the semifinal game against Michigan. Sometimes great teams have down games, and the Dawgs’ down performance came at the wrong time.
This group is refocused and knows they have to win if they want that rematch, which should give them more than enough motivation to make that happen. No SEC school wants to lose to a Big 10 program, especially Michigan, so Georgia knows what they have to do, and I’m willing to bet they make it happen.