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Blog: Making plays for Georgia defense in shadow of headliners

Georgia’s resurgent defense should provide a big test for an Auburn team that has been offensively-challenged this season.

Jarvis Jones was a dominant force against Florida and Alec Ogletree and Damian Swann got their due for big plays against Ole Miss last week

One player that quietly had one of his better games of the season was senior cornerback Branden Smith.

He helped keep Rebels top receiver Donte Moncrief without a catch, broke up a pair of third-down passes and tied his season-high with four tackles.

“I thought he played really well and physical and showed up and did some good things for us,” defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said.

That included being in on the Georgia safety that Ogletree got for dropping running back Jeff Scott in the end zone.

“Branden Smith played very aggressively for his size,” safety Bacarri Rambo said. “What is he like 160? He came out and got a couple of good tackles.”

The 5-foot-11 Smith is actually listed at 182 pounds.

“I came up, I was hitting,” Smith said. “I got a couple of PBUs. I did a lot of things right, really didn’t make any mistakes. That was good.”

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