September 29, 2012

Big plays still biting Dawgs

No defense is every happy giving up 37 points in a game.

Although it is unfair to blame the Georgia defense for all of Tennessee's points in a 51-44 win on Saturday, that is how the official stats will read.

A big reason the Volunteers were able to score with such consistency was their ability to hit the big play, and it is something that is starting to become a trend with the Georgia defense.

Sophomore cornerback Damian Swann has noticed the trend, and knows it has to stop if Georgia is to be considered a championship contender.

"Yeah, I know we are giving up too many big plays," said Swann. "I think part of that comes with being an aggressive defense, but most of it comes from miscommunication. We have to do a better job out there of communicating. I know just about all of the big plays we have given up have been because we just didn't communicate well."

Swann finished Saturday's contest with 6 total tackles, one for a loss, a pass break up and his first career interception.

That play, along with two interceptions from Senior cornerback Sanders Commings and a forced fumble by Jordan Jenkins were all plays that helped Georgia outlast the unranked Volunteers.

According to the Grady High School product, those types of plays are what makes the Bulldogs' defense and effective unit.

"We made plays when we had to," he said. "I had that interception and Sanders had a couple of big plays, and we did what we had to," Swann said. "We know we have to limit the big plays and play better as a defense, but we know we can make plays to help the team win. We aren't satisfied and know we have to keep getting better."

While getting better is certainly the main goal of the Georgia defense, Swann believes that the weapons that Tennessee brought to Sanford Stadium had a lot to do with their success.

"Man, I think (Justin) Hunter, (Cordarrelle) Patterson, and (Zach) Rodgers are the best group of receivers we will see all year," said Swann. "I don't mean any disrespect to anyone else in the SEC, but they are just guys who can make plays, and did a good job."

All American linebacker Jarvis Jones was quick to echo those sentiments, except his praise was for the Vols offensive lineman.

"Those guys are huge up there, and they do a great job of protecting their quarterback," said Jones. "They are work horses up there and they just do a good job of keeping you off their quarterback. Tyler (Bray) is a big time player, and we got enough pressure late to force him into a couple of mistakes."

While the talent up front for Tennessee was challenge, the way they game planned against Jones was also effective.

The Vols slid the protection at Jones and chipped him all game long, and the Columbus native was the first to mention that it was tough to keep his composure.

"Yes sir. Frustration did set in at times," he said. "But you just have to keep coming. I mean, I would come off the edge and make a move and there would be another guy waiting for me right there, so I knew I couldn't go through two or three guys in there. They are a great offense, and we just made enough plays to win."

Now that Tennessee is behind him, the Bulldogs will focus on the next task at hand, South Carolina.

"I really don't know what to expect from them yet," said Swann.

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