ATHENS, Ga.— Georgia doesn’t get a break from trying to defend a tough running back this week.
One week after squaring off with Auburn’s Kerryon Johson, the Dawgs now turn their attention to Kentucky’s Benny Snell Jr.
“They have some similar plays,” Smart said. “I think (Kentucky offensive coordinator) Eddie (Gran) does a really good job of each week having a different presentation of what people label ‘wildcat.’ Then looking at the picture of what Kerryon (Johnson) did in that package — Auburn does it a little different than them, but Kentucky does a really good job.
“Their percentage of ‘wildcat’ based on this year was actually higher last year versus us, and that is usually predicated on how much success. If it is working, you do it more. They had a couple of drives last year, particularly one at the end, they ran almost the whole series in the ‘wildcat.’
“They are good at it. They are physical. Our kids talked last year about that was the most physical game they played in from a defensive standpoint because it was so much grinding and hitting.”
Snell ran for 116 yards and three touchdowns in last week’s 44-21 win over Vanderbilt. Georgia, meanwhile, struggled to stop Johnson, as the Tigers’ running back ran for 167 yards.
Johnson was able to hurt Georgia at times lining up in the ‘Wildcat’ formation. Snell does the same thing.
Senior defensive tackle John Atkins is one of the players who looks to make sure it is not a repeat poor performance for the run defense. He acknowledges that it will not be an easy task.
“The Wildcat is always challenging, because you never know where the ball is going,” Atkins said. “You also have to be more patient. Every time a team has success in an area, another team is going to try to do the same.”
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