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Blog: About that run defense

Concerned about Georgia’s run defense based off the 197 rushing yards Tennessee piled up Saturday?

Volunteers coach Derek Dooley said on his TV show that ‚Äúwe hit ‘em for four quarters and just wore them down.‚Äù

He also said that Georgia was intent on not giving up big plays downfield in the 51-44 Bulldogs win.

He went further at the Knoxville Quarterback Club on Monday, saying he had never seen a team play its safeties deeper than Georgia did, according to a tweet from Wes Rucker of govols247.com.

Georgia coach Mark Richt addressed what the thinking was defensively on his radio show tonight.

“They have two of the finest receivers in the country,” Richt said of Justin Hunter and Cordarrelle Patterson. “I think if we had played press man all night long with those big, tall, fast, athletic receivers and the quarterback that can get the ball to them, we might have given up a bunch of big plays. I think it was wise to try and not get run by. We did play a little tighter coverage one time and Cordarrelle Patterson ran right by us and hit him right in the hands and he dropped it. If he caught that one, who knows how that game would have finished up.”

Against a South Carolina team with tailback Marcus Lattimore and dual-threat quarterback Connor Shaw, stopping the run will certainly be a focal point this week for the Bulldogs.

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