Richt says Dogs will use full-pads practices to address tackling issues

It’s 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.

“We need to be able to tackle better than we did, especially in space and that’s what today and tomorrow will be about in practice,” coach Mark Richt said before the team’s two-and-a-half hour, full-pads practice. “It’s got to be a physical day for us. Tomorrow won’t be a whole lot different quite frankly because that’s the kind of battle we’re going to be in.”

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.

“I just should have wrapped up,” Swann said. “I thought I could go and take his legs out without wrapping up.”

Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said some players took the wrong angles on tackles, including a couple in the fourth quarter.

“If we had done a little bit better job there, we may have given the offense a chance to win the game,” he said.

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