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They say that recognizing your problem is half the proverbial battle.
That appears to be the case when you're talking about Georgia's defense, where youth and inexperience continue to be issues for coaches to try and work through.
"We've played two really good teams, two very good offensive football teams and like you say, we're still trying to figure it out as a group," head coach Mark Richt said. "Some guys have got it figured out better than others and some guys are still struggling just to line up right. It will take time, but to get two games under your belt and then an open date I think it's going to help."
Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said it's up to each individual player to make sure that happens.
"I would say that overall I'm impressed with everyone's work ethic. I think each group has made strides. I think the front guys are doing a good job of staying fresh and being stout inside, I think the secondary guys kind of grew the last game," he said. "I think they've improved, but it's up to each guy to get better at what they can do so we can get better as a team."
With five starters who were either sophomores or freshmen in the opening lineup against South Carolina, there have obviously been some noticeable fundamental breakdowns, most of which can be attributed to youth.
That includes the secondary where safety Tray Matthews and corner Brendan Langley have experienced their share of growing pains.
Langley, in particular. Last week, the young freshman was beaten for both of Connor Shaw's touchdown passes, although on another play he came close to picking off the first pass of his collegiate career.
Grantham's message to the former Kell star?"Keep playing," Grantham said. "If he makes that interception then you guys (reporters) are talking about how the young guys are making plays now. They're (opposing teams) going to know where you're at, so be ready. It's an opportunity to make a play and he's got the mindset to do that."
Apparently, Grantham is going to stick with the freshman while he learns on the job.
When asked if sophomore Sheldon Dawson could be a candidate for some additional reps, Grantham didn't seem to be in too big of a rush.
"He's continuing to work. He's a guy who if he continues to work and the opportunity presents itself we'll put him in," Grantham said. "But I think Langley has done a really good job and done everything we've asked him to do. That (the two touchdown passes) wasn't all on him, either. He made a couple of good plays. It's 11 guys out there, and everybody's got to communicate, but if he keeps playing he'll be fine."
Mistakes notwithstanding, Grantham feels his defense came away with some positive vibes following the team's 41-30 win over South Carolina.
After giving up 24 points in the first half, Grantham points to the six points allowed in the second, one that included a key fourth-down stand, and hopes that success will inject some confidence moving on to the rest of the year.
"I think they've got some positive energy from that because they held them to six points. They also had a goal line stand to keep the lead where it was and I think there was some energy generated from that," Grantham said. "I think they felt good about themselves until we got back to the meetings on Monday and we were able to see what we need to do to get better."
Grantham acknowledges improvements have to be made.
"Anytime we take the field we're going to look to improve and get better. I think you saw improvement in individuals in this last game relative to the first game," he said. "But I think what we've got to do is continue to build on that and kind of put it together a little bit and apply it situations that happened in the game. You do that you've got a chance to hold guys to low numbers."
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