ATHENS – Arkansas coach Sam Pittman said he contacted Georgia defensive coordinator Dan Lanning this week by texting him.
“I texted Dan Lanning (Monday) night and told him he didn’t need to put on more blitz because he couldn’t execute them all anyway,” Pittman said. .
“He sent me back 11, he drew it on a piece of paper and sent me back all 11 running. I said, ‘Damn, we’ve seen this blitz before.’ ”
The point is, few have a better idea of the Bulldogs’ defense than Pittman, who once built massive offensive lines for UGA that bypassed Georgia’s defensive front in practice from 2016 to 2018.
Pittman’s next challenge is to find a way for his No.8 (4-0) ranked Razorbacks to find a way against the No.2 (4-0) ranked Bulldogs on Saturday at noon (TV: ESPN).
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This is a Georgian defense that leads the nation in total defense, scoring defense, passing efficiency and ranks seventh in run defense.
Some have pointed out that the Bulldogs only played one offense ranked in the top 100 in the nation’s total offense – UAB, 79th – but Pittman knows what he’s seeing.
“They’ve got so much talent on the D line, sure, big and physical,” Pittman said. “It starts with (Jordan) Davis and (Jalen) Carter. Nolan Smith, (Travon) Walker. They are very, very talented. They also spin the guys around, so they keep them fresh.
“You go back to linebacker, and they’ve got Quay Walker and (Nakobe) Dean, and they can run. They recruited very well there, so they’re going to have depth.
“It’s just Georgia, and hopefully Arkansas gets to this way here in the near future where someone leaves and the next guy steps in and he can be as good or he can be better than the guy who left. But that’s where Georgia is, and that’s a huge credit to their staff and Kirby for the recruiting.
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