UGA bracing for stout defense from North Texas

Mark Richt has shown nothing but his upmost respect for the Mean Green defense, and for good reason. It’s had great success against offenses in the second half of its past three games.

“They’re a team that’s only given up six points in the second half in three games,” Richt said. “It’s pretty impressive — I don’t care who you’re playing. They’re a really good team.”

In Richt’s Tuesday news conference, he opened by listing some of North Texas’ key players. One of those was Zachary Orr, a senior linebacker from DeSoto Texas, who leads the Mean Green defense with 32 tackles.

Along with Orr, North Texas has a number of players with big-hitting abilities.

“They’re great tacklers. They fly to the ball,” Richt said. “When you play hard good things happen. When you hit hard the ball comes out.”

Georgia will need to avoid any slip-ups with the ball on Saturday or North Texas could capitalize sooner rather than later.

“I see a team that’s very well-coached,” Richt said. “I think they’re believing, I think they’re playing hard and I think they’ll be ready for a big game here on Saturday.”