Georgia defense poses challenge for Georgia Tech

Dale Zanine-US PRESSWIRE

The Georgia Bulldogs are preparing for Saturday's game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. How will the Bulldogs' prior experience against the triple option help them against the Yellow Jackets?

Even though the Georgia Bulldogs have given up rushing outputs by the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets of 409 yards in 2008 and 411 yards in 2011, the Bulldogs may have an answer for the triple option game run by Yellow Jackets head coach Paul Johnson. Last year, the Bulldogs allowed only 242 rushing yards to the Yellow Jackets. Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham believes that having faced the triple option before gives them a better chance to stop it:

"Any time you do something, continuity is good," Grantham said. "I think the more you see things, the better you are at it."

The Yellow Jackets are currently third in the nation in rushing yards at 324.9 yards per game. Because Georgia is coming off facing yet another triple option team in the Georgia Southern Eagles last week, the Bulldogs didn't have to start from scratch in preparing for the Yellow Jackets:

"It's the same style of offense, so we have the insight on what kind of offense Tech will run, so we should be prepared for it," nose guard John Jenkins said.

Despite all of that, Bulldogs head coach Mark Richt knows that last week's results won't dictate this week's:

"I don't want to make any predictions," Richt said. "They are just so explosive that I just don't know how we are going to handle it. We're going to have to find out."

The Bulldogs play the Yellow Jackets at Sanford Stadium on Saturday with kickoff scheduled for noon. The game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN.

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