Saturday, September 4, 2010
Georgia bringing the pressure
By ESPN.com staff
One of the things Georgia fans wanted to see from this new-look 3-4 defense under first-year coordinator Todd Grantham was more pressure.
So far, so good.
Georgia has been dominant defensively, particularly on third down, in racing out to a 17-0 lead against Louisiana-Lafayette in the second quarter.
The Bulldogs weren't very good on third down a year ago.
Lafayette, though, has been unsuccessful on its first six third-down attempts Saturday, and Georgia's second touchdown was set up by outside linebacker Justin Houston forcing the Lafayette quarterback to throw earlier than he wanted to. Brandon Boykin was there to pick off the pass for the Bulldogs.
With star receiver A.J. Green sidelined, the Bulldogs also needed somebody else at receiver to step up. Veteran Kris Durham caught a 3-yard touchdown pass. It's the first time Durham has played in 707 days. He missed most of the 2008 season with an assortment of injuries, then redshirted last season after having shoulder surgery.