Vanderbilt Week: Hale's Three Keys

Posted Oct 17, 2008

ATHENS - David Hale's Three Keys to Georgia's game with Vanderbilt.

Force Vanderbilt to throw. In Georgia’s five wins this season, opponents have thrown the ball 64 percent of the time. In its loss to Alabama, the Crimson Tide threw on just 16 of their 61 plays. The Bulldogs’ defense is built around stopping the run, something they’ve done better than all but three teams in the country this season, and if they can force Mackenzi Adams to throw the ball early and often, they should be able to control the clock and Vanderbilt’s offense.

Be opportunistic. Vanderbilt is 5-1 despite being last in the SEC in total offense and 10th in total defense. The reason is that the Commodores have won the field-position battles and created turnovers. That’s exactly what Georgia has struggled with this season, but the Bulldogs hope to change that against Vanderbilt. Georgia’s secondary has just one interception this year, but Vanderbilt threw two picks in a loss to Mississippi State last week.

Cash in on scoring chances. Georgia dominated Tennessee in almost every aspect of the game last week, but managed just a 12-point win. The reason was missed opportunities in the red zone. Georgia settled for four field goals in the game, A.J. Green dropped a wide-open pass in the end zone, and quarterback Matthew Stafford threw two interceptions in the red zone. Georgia needs to capitalize on scoring chances this week.

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