Earlier today, I shared all of the nice things Georgia had to say about Josh Allen and Kentucky’s defense. Here’s the praise Kirby Smart and the Bulldogs heaped on Benny Snell, Terry Wilson, and the offense during yesterday’s media opportunity.
“Their offense matches [their defense] perfect because they grind you to a nub,” Smart said. “They’re just extremely physical. They play a lot of offensive linemen. They have a quarterback that can run as good as most receivers in our conference. They’re hard to defend.”
Georgia’s run defense is 8th in the SEC, 43rd in the country, allowing opponents 140.5 rushing yards per game. Smart said the fact that Kentucky has a running back like Benny Snell AND a mobile quarterback like Terry Wilson makes Saturday’s game especially challenging for his squad.
“It makes you have to tackle people. You have to tackle people in space. You have to be good tacklers. You have to get a lot of people to the ball. And you have to strike and get off blocks, because you don’t unblock people. You don’t just all of a sudden say, well, we’re going to call this and he’s not going to be blocked. Everybody’s going to have a blocker on them. Somebody has to get off a block. And this is not for the faint of heart. This is not going to be for the lack of physicality. This is going to be for people that want to hit people and people that want to strike people because that’s the kind of team they have.”
Junior defensive back Tyrique McGhee played it smart, heaping praise on Benny Snell instead of giving him bulletin board material.
“He’s a hard runner and a tough football player, first and foremost,” McGhee said of Benny. “The guy loves football, you can see it in the energy he brings every Saturday. He’s going to be the engine to their offense on Saturday. … I can’t say he reminds me of anyone, he’s a player in his own. The guy just runs hard, he runs with a purpose and he knows each and every guy on his offensive line, they trust him and they like what they’ve got going on at Kentucky.”
Dangit. Maybe the marching band will slip up and talk some trash.