Georgia Bulldogs: Defense Key To Success In 2009
This off season, the talk of Bulldog nation has circled on the offensive changes with star running back Knowshon Moreno and number one pick Matthew Stafford leaving town for the NFL. The loss of senior wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi will also be challenging as Joe Cox will struggle finding quality receivers to throw to.
The biggest question mark for this team, however, is on defense.
Last year, Georgia was 10th in the SEC with 25.6 points allowed per game. They were dead last in the SEC in rushing touchdowns with 23 allowed and ninth in passing touchdowns, giving up 17.
One of the struggles for the team was getting pressure on quarterbacks from their defensive line. The Bulldogs had only 21 sacks in 2009 and gave up 188.4 yards per game through the air.
Defensive Tackle Jeff Owens will return for his senior season after going down in the opener last year with an ACL tear. While undersized, Owens has the ability to be the biggest threat to defenses as he possesses the potential to make a big play every down. In only three seasons, he has 56 hurries on opposing quarterbacks, a trend that Bulldogs feel should be a big help to them in 2009.
History tells us that Georgia will have to play substantially better on defense in order to have a shot at winning the SEC. The last six SEC champions have been ranked either number one or two in total defense in the conference. The Bulldogs have a long way to go to get to that point.
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