Arizona State Week: Three Keys

Posted Sep 19, 2008

TEMPE - David Hale's Three Keys to Georgia's game with Arizona State.

Get pressure without blitzing. Georgia’s front four has struggled to disrupt opposing quarterbacks through three games, with the defensive ends compiling just 1.5 sacks. Arizona State’s Rudy Carpenter has a history of success exploiting the blitz, and Georgia’s secondary has struggled at times this year. It will be up to the defensive line to get pressure without bringing the blitz to slow down the Sun Devils’ offense.

Run the rock. The Sun Devils have allowed nearly 130 rushing yards per game so far this year, a number Georgia’s Knowshon Moreno would like to add to. With the Bulldogs’ offensive line struggling, Moreno could relieve some of the pressure by picking up yards on the ground and forcing Arizona State’s defensive ends to play the run rather than aggressively pursuing quarterback Matthew Stafford.

Play it like a home game. This is the farthest Georgia has traveled for a regular-season game in nearly 50 years, and the desert heat of Arizona won’t be kind to the Bulldogs. Georgia will have to adjust quickly and rotate players often to stay fresh. The less the Bulldogs think about the unique circumstances of the game the better against their first Pac-10 foe since 1987.

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