ESPN Names Biggest Weakness For 2018 Georgia Football Team

ESPN Names Biggest Weakness For 2018 Georgia Football Team

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ESPN Names Biggest Weakness For 2018 Georgia Football Team


Georgia is off to another great start to its 2018 season, boasting a 4-0 record and 2-0 in the SEC.

At 44.5 points per game, this is only the second team in UGA history to record 40+ points in each of its first 4 games. (The other being the 2012 team). Jake Fromm is off to a stellar start, the skill position players are getting a fair share of love, the passing defense is ranked 30th in the FBS and the Dawgs are rolling.

The Bulldogs passing defense looked good against future first round pick, Missouri quarterback Drew Lock, holding him to 0 touchdowns and 1 interception. However, Georgia did surrender 172 yards on the ground and 4 rushing touchdowns in that sloppy win.

And for ESPN writer Alex Scarborough, that’s a cause for concern, which is why he labeled the run defense as Georgia’s biggest weakness.

There’s a reason Kirby Smart was so upset after Saturday’s victory over Missouri. Sure, he appeared to be channeling his inner Saban with fury for fury’s sake. But it was more than that. His defense might have held Tigers quarterback Drew Lock to no touchdowns, but the run defense was less than stellar, allowing 172 yards and four touchdowns on the ground. That kind of effort won’t suffice in bigger games late in the season. — Scarborough

Scarborough has a point, but before Georgia fans begin to worry too much it’s important to note that even after last week’s performance, UGA still ranks 33rd in the FBS in terms of rushing yards allowed per game at 118.75.

Against a South Carolina team that’s averaging 196 rushing yards per game, 50th nationally, the Georgia defense went on the road and held the Gamecocks rushing attack to just 54 yards and no touchdowns.

Georgia did allow 158 rushing yards to a far inferior Middle Tennessee State team, so the room for improvement is certainly there. It is clearly an area of concern not only for Georgia fans, but for Kirby Smart as well.

We didn’t play the run game real good last week, and that’s what we pride ourselves on, and we gotta do a better job of attacking the run and play the run,” Smart said at his Monday press conference following the Missouri game.

“At the end of the day, stopping the run is an attitude and a disposition you create within your team, and we didn’t have that.”

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