Bulldogs’ defense expecting plenty of snaps against Clemson

Rumor has it, Georgia coach Mark Richt said this week, that Clemson is shooting for 90 snaps a game on offense.

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Clemson averaged 81.7 snaps per game last season and coach Dabo Swinney said Wednesday that coaches are shooting for 82 and above.

“That’s kind of our benchmark,” Swinney said. “Outside of that, it comes down to the kind of success that you’re having. … The bottom line if you look at us, we’re probably going to score about every 13 to 15 plays. The more opportunities and at-bats we get, the more opportunity we have to score.”

Three Georgia opponents ran more than 80 plays last year — all in Bulldogs wins. Georgia Tech had 88 in losing 42-10, Tennessee had 85 in a 51-44 shootout and Missouri had 80 in falling 41-20.

“They’re as fast or faster than anybody we’ve played,” Richt said of Clemson

The Tigers, behind quarterback Tajh Boyd, had a program-record 102 snaps in a 62-48 win over NC State last year and 100 over LSU in a bowl win.

“We definitely want to play fast,” Swinney said. “That’s who we are, that’s what we do, what our players like. We feel like it allows us to really put a lot of pressure on the defense with the skill that we put on the field when we do play at a fast tempo.”

Richt compared Clemson’s offense to Tennessee last year in that it had prolific receivers on the outside and a quarterback that could get them the ball.

“I don’t really care how many plays they get, just as long as we win, but it’s going to be interesting to see because both offenses have the ability to go at a pretty good clip,” Richt said.

Outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins said Georgia recently practiced subbing in and out. If players didn’t run off the field in time, they had to do extra sprints after practice.

“We’ve been going fast,” inside linebacker Amarlo Herrera said, “and the quicker we get them off the field, the less plays they run.”

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