It‚Äôs back to fundamentals this week for Georgia after tackling issues cropped up against Clemson.
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Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd (10) breaks a tackle from Georgia linebacker Amarlo Herrera (52) to run for a fist down during the second half of an NCAA college football game between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Clemson Tigers in Clemson, S.C., Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. Clemson won 38-35.
‚ÄúWe need to be able to tackle better than we did, especially in space and that‚Äôs what today and tomorrow will be about in practice,‚Äù coach Mark Richt said before the team‚Äôs two-and-a-half hour, full-pads practice. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs got to be a physical day for us. Tomorrow won‚Äôt be a whole lot different quite frankly because that‚Äôs the kind of battle we‚Äôre going to be in.‚Äù
Cornerback Damian Swann had the most glaring missed tackle that Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins turned into a 77-yard touchdown. Swann went low with his shoulder and bounced off.
‚ÄúI just should have wrapped up,‚Äù Swann said. ‚ÄúI thought I could go and take his legs out without wrapping up.‚Äù
Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said some players took the wrong angles on tackles, including a couple in the fourth quarter.
‚ÄúIf we had done a little bit better job there, we may have given the offense a chance to win the game,‚Äù he said.