ATHENS, Ga. — If there is a vulnerable area in Alabama’s defense, it may be the secondary.
Pass defense was the weak spot on the team last season. This year, defensive coordinator Carl Torbush has been employing more man-to-man schemes instead of soft zone coverages that were sometimes ineffective in 2001.
Though some Georgia receivers have struggled with dropped passes, the Bulldogs still like their chances when such deep threats as Fred Gibson are left in man coverage.
If the Tide defense loads up the line to stop the run, expect Georgia to take the dare and come out throwing.
“As much as I’ve seen it on tape, I think they’ll play man coverage,’’ said Coach Mark Richt Tuesday. “They’ll mix it up (with zones).’’
Though quarterback David Greene may have to make quick decisions if the Alabama defense stacks the line, he says he hopes to see his receivers left with just one defensive back to beat.
“We feel if Fred is one-on-one, we feel he can make a play,’’ Greene said. “I’m not saying Fred can just toast everybody in the conference.’’
Charles Odum is the beat writer for Dawg Post in Athens. He has over 20 years of experience covering Georgia football. He can be reached here: CEOdum@aol.com
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