Bulldogs’ defense preps for double dose of triple-option offense

Georgia put on the full pads for a rainy practice Monday night.

That’s ramping up the first practice of the week, in which the team typically wears helmets and shoulder pads.

The reason: Georgia Southern’s triple-option offense.

“The guys were allowed to cut because we had to get used to that,” freshman linebacker Jordan Jenkins said after the 60-minute workout. “The first three or four plays I got in I was mind-blown. After I got a couple of more reps, I started to get the hang of it.”

Georgia Southern leads the FCS in rushing at 401.2-yards per game.

“It’s a different style of offense, so we’ve got to get ready for it,” Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said after Saturday’s win against Auburn.

Georgia gets Georgia Southern and Georgia Tech in back-to-back games before the SEC championship game.

Grantham was asked if there was a benefit in seeing that type of offense two weeks in a row.

“I guess in some ways,” Grantham said. “I mean, I don’t know. Whatever. I didn’t set the schedule, so I’ll do whatever they say.”

The game contract was signed on Aug. 5, 2010 for a $475,000 guarantee while Georgia was still searching for an athletic director before Greg McGarity was hired.

“It’s very, very, very difficult to simulate in practice,” coach Mark Richt said of Georgia Southern’s offense. “You can’t do it. … As you’re trying to adjust to not only what they’re doing schematically, you’re also adjusting to how well they do it. Their execution, their speed, their quick decision-making and all that type of thing that can become very, very frustrating.”

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