Dawgs' D playing with fire again

Willie Martinez

ATHENS – After the Florida game, senior linebacker Tony Taylor dismissed the notion that the performance was the Bulldog defense's most inspired and emotional in a month.

Two veteran observers disagree.

"It just seemed like the spirit of our defense returned, and they played a fantastic game," Coach Mark Richt said. "You could see it. They played with a lot of emotion."

When Kentucky coach Rich Brooks sat down to watch game tape in preparation for Saturday's 1 p.m. game against the Bulldogs, he saw the same thing.

"They seemed to be a lot more motivated in that game, played a lot harder than they had played in the last several weeks," Brooks said. "They are, I think, a big-time defensive team."

Georgia held Florida to 113 second-half yards and 319 overall, the Gators' third-lowest output of the season. The Bulldogs are third in the SEC and 14th in the nation in total defense (273.11 ypg allowed).

Richt went beyond praising just the "heart and soul" of his defense.

"I thought (defensive coordinator Willie) Martinez did a magnificent job of mixing it up," he said. "I thought the scheme was very good."

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