Georgia leads the SEC in scoring, averaging over 47-points a game. So what makes their offense so impressive? Said UT defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri,"Their ability to run the ball. When you can run the ball, you're taking time off the clock. They're scoring. They're breaking tackles. They're hitting big plays."
Dawgs freshman Todd Gurley currently leads the SEC in rushing. Said Sunseri,"He reminds me a lot of Trent Richardson, as far as his lower body strength. He takes the ball north and south when most people want to go east and west."
For the Vols to stuff the run, big nose guard Daniel McCullers will need to be a game wrecker. Said Sunseri,"This is more of McCullers game. Last week, McCullers wasn't involved in the picture as much because it was all spread, throwing it out, dinking and dunking you. Now they are going to get in what we call 21 personnel, and see if we can stop their run. So we'll see what happens."
Just like Tennessee, Georgia's defense has some heavy hitters in the middle of their defense. Said UT offensive coordinator Jim Chaney,"They're heavy number one. Those are big boys. They're hard to move around. Nobody has been able to do that with a lot of success yet. It's going to be quite a challenge."
Georgia also expects to get back two suspended defensive players in safety Bacarri Rambo, and linebacker Alec Ogletree. Said Chaney,"I don't know how the addition of the young men who have been on suspension will affect their defense. They're playing pretty good right now. Safeties are hitting people. So you put another good safety in there that likes to hit people, and that will benefit them."
The Vols not only have to contend with a tough defense, but a tough environment as well. Reporter-"Do you think it's easier or harder to run a no-huddle in a hostile environment?" Said Chaney,"I'll answer that question next Wednesday when we speak."(laughter)