Georgia football has to lay the pressure on Hendon Hooker
Defensively, Georgia football has a unit that should be able to slow down the Tennessee offense. However, they will have to do something that Alabama and a few other teams didn’t do to make that happen. The Dawgs have to pressure Hendon Hooker and make him uncomfortable. Pitt did that against him all night, and that is when we saw him make mistakes.
Last year, UGASports.com’s Brent Rollins said the Dawgs blitzed on 51% of the passing plays against the Vols. In this “Film Don’t Lie” segment with Dayne Young, he breaks down just how pressure will be important for the Dawgs.
Georgia has to use Jalen Carter, Mykel Williams, Zion Logue, Warren Brinson, and many more to lay on the pressure. Carter is coming back from injury, so his conditioning will be the biggest question for him, but this week Georgia needs him to wreak all kinds of havoc. Losing Nolan Smith is a massive loss, but here is where the depth comes in for the Dawgs — they have guys who can step up in his place, but they are just not as experienced.
Robert Beal has to be a force against Tennessee. Jamon Dumas-Johnson has to use his skills to put the pressure on and play smart. Tennessee is a team that does things purposefully. They will try and trick you, so if the Dawgs can get pressure on Hooker, it will cause them to get out of rhythm.
Georgia doesn’t have many sacks, but it does have the most quarterback hurries in the league, so the Dawgs have to use that to their advantage. Head coach Kirby Smart knows this, and the game plan will be interesting to watch. There is no telling what Smart and co-defensive coordinators Will Muschamp and Glen Schumann have cooked up for the Vols.