Georgia Bulldogs: 4 Observations from Win Over Auburn

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Nov 14, 2015; Auburn, AL, USA; Auburn Tigers wide receiver Ricardo Louis (5) runs the ball while defended by Georgia Bulldogs linebacker Jake Ganus (51) during the fourth quarter at Jordan Hare Stadium. Georgia won 20-13. Mandatory Credit: Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports

Pruitt Had a Strong Defensive Game Plan

The Georgia Bulldogs’ defense held Auburn to 10 points of offense, under 300 yards of total offense, and less than 100 yards through the air. With Auburn’s reputation of putting up points and yards in a hurry in Gus Malzahn’s up-tempo offense, today’s performance from the defense was outstanding.

Keep in mind that the Georgia Bulldogs didn’t know which quarterback would start for Auburn: Jeremy Johnson or Sean White. With White’s mobility on the fritz because of a knee brace, Malzahn and Auburn OC Rhett Lashlee opted to start turnover-prone Johnson over White.

After Auburn’s first offensive possession that resulted in a touchdown, the Georgia Bulldogs’ defense kept the Auburn Tigers out of the end zone for the rest of the game. Though Auburn had more yards of offense than Georgia in this one, most of them were of the empty variety, as the Tigers turned the football over three times.

I thought the game plan of DC Jeremy Pruitt was excellent. Outside of the three loses on the year, I’ve thought Pruitt has done a great job in having his defense ready to play. Even in those three loses, it wasn’t entirely the defense’s fault. The Chubb injury deflated the team against Tennessee. Special teams were horrendous against Alabama. Turnovers killed UGA against Florida.

With two more running-based offenses in Georgia Southern and Georgia Tech on the slate, is Pruitt ready to prepare for some triple option action? After handling two run-first offenses in Kentucky and Auburn in consecutive weeks, I think so. Good job by Coach Pruitt and his defensive staff today!

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