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The Dawgs sold out to stop big passes against Tennessee, letting the Vols run buck in the process. That likely won't happend vs. South Carolina, Mark Richt assures.
There's very little similarities between the offenses of South Carolina and Tennessee at the moment, which is why Vols head coach Derek Dooley's comments to a booster club on Monday that Georgia's safeties played deeper than any he'd ever seen shouldn't concern Dawg fans worried about South Carolina. At least according to Mark Richt, per the Athens Banner-Herald:
"They have two of the finest receivers in the country," Richt said of Justin Hunter and Cordarrelle Patterson. "I think if we had played press man all night long with those big, tall, fast, athletic receivers and the quarterback that can get the ball to them, we might have given up a bunch of big plays. I think it was wise to try and not get run by. We did play a little tighter coverage one time and Cordarrelle Patterson ran right by us and hit him right in the hands and he dropped it. If he caught that one, who knows how that game would have finished up."
Tennessee absolutely lit up Georgia's 3-4 defense, rushing for 197 yards and seemingly doing so at will. Hence the concern with USC's Marcus Lattimore looming (not to mention quarterback Connor Shaw, who has dual-threat abilities).
But then again, Derek Dooley isn't coaching in the Georgia / South Carolina game, so this is really apples and well-manicured oranges. Like, perfectly coifed oranges.