Mark Richt has shown nothing but his upmost respect for the Mean Green defense, and for good reason. It‚Äôs had great success against offenses in the second half of its past three games.
‚ÄúThey‚Äôre a team that‚Äôs only given up six points in the second half in three games,‚Äù Richt said. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs pretty impressive ‚Äî I don‚Äôt care who you‚Äôre playing. They‚Äôre a really good team.‚Äù
In Richt‚Äôs Tuesday news conference, he opened by listing some of North Texas‚Äô 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.
‚ÄúThey‚Äôre great tacklers. They fly to the ball,‚Äù Richt said. ‚ÄúWhen you play hard good things happen. When you hit hard the ball comes out.‚Äù
Georgia will need to avoid any slip-ups with the ball on Saturday or North Texas could capitalize sooner rather than later.
‚ÄúI see a team that‚Äôs very well-coached,‚Äù Richt said. ‚ÄúI think they‚Äôre believing, I think they‚Äôre playing hard and I think they‚Äôll be ready for a big game here on Saturday.‚Äù