ATHENS – Florida coach Dan Mullen certainly mentioned how impressed he was coaching Kirby Smart on Tuesday after saying he was impressed with Georgia’s defensive talent.
Does Mullen know how impressive Smart was earlier this season when Auburn manager Gus Malzahn praised UGA’s talent level?
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Perhaps, but also likely, Mullen knew his eighth-ranked (3-1) Gators would have a challenge against the 5th ranked Bulldogs (4-1) in Saturday’s 3:30 pm match. in Jacksonville.
“The level of talent they have from the front to the back, and I don’t want to say it’s just the players, I think Kirby, they have a great defense,” Mullen said at the Zoom press conference on Tuesday. , asking about his impression of the Georgia Defense.
“They have the answers to the questions. He knows it from the inside out. They do a great job of putting their boys in a great position to do plays and they’re not afraid to adjust. “
The Bulldogs have had answers for Gators in their previous three meetings, but that defense also has big questions entering this season’s game in Jacksonville.
American safety Richard LeCounte after crashing a dirt bike on the Macon Expressway on Halloween Night and stabbing Jordan Davis’s nose in the nose after an elbow injury caused him to sit on a carrier in Kentucky.
Smart said on Tuesday he expected midfielder Quay Walker (neck) and safe Lewis Cine (ankle) to return from an injury that forced them to take a 14-3 break in Kentucky last Saturday. .
Mullen, whose Gators failed to get into the final area to beat until the game’s fourth quarter last season, said Georgia has many ways to defend.
“They can put the big guys in the game to stop the race; they can pressure people to pass in the game; they can cover and play man insurance; they may try to confuse you with their looks and lots of different areas; Mullen said.
“They are a very, very good defensive football, and that is not what makes them a great team, but every class of it makes them a really good defensive team. ”
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