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Hump Day Practice Notes From the Defense


Eliot will continue to coach from the booth

If you didn’t notice, Coach Eliot coached from the booth against Tennessee and will do the same on Saturday. “Can’t see much down there, but up in the booth you can see what’s going on, see the adjustment sometimes a little bit better, and see the whole picture,” Eliot said. As a position coach at Florida State, Eliot coached from the booth all the time.

Marcus McWilson playing different roles

McWilson, who normally plays defensive back, was used a little bit as a linebacker against Tennessee. With the absence of Jason Hatcher, McWilson filled in that gap nicely for the defense and made some plays.

“I think Marcus has that body where he could be a hybrid. He’s in between a backer and a DB, and we kind of used him in that position on Saturday. He has that ability. Made a lot of plays on the perimeter, which who we would have expected one of our linebackers to do, and that’s what he was playing,” Eliot said.

When asked about the role the coaches had him in, McWilson said he liked it. “I’m here for the team, not as an individual. So wherever they put me, if it’s on the d-line, linebacker or safety I’ll play,” McWilson said. McWilson did not know whether or not the coaches will continue to play him in the different roles. I guess we will find out on Saturday.

On scouting a struggling Georgia offense

Georgia’s offense is nothing like it has been in the past. With quarterback struggles and no real identity, the offense has struggled to put the ball in the endzone. The defense has to play fundamentally sound and smart to stop a “mysterious” Georgia offense.

McWilson and the rest of the defense know that playing on the road in the SEC is no easy task, even against a struggling offense. “Being a DB, their receivers are good. They got fast guys on the outside. I think we we are going to shut them down,” McWilson said. “As long as we clean up everything and clean up our mistakes, I think we’ll have a good game,” McWilson said.

The defense remains focused

After giving up 52 points against Tennessee the team has been very focused this week. “I think that the leaders have done a good job of keeping the team on track, and the players and the defense have been very focused and have the right attitude,” Eliot said.


Article written by Kindsey Bernhard

Lover of dogs, sports and beer. @kindseybernhard

13 Comments for Hump Day Practice Notes From the Defense

  1. dats right
    7:19 pm November 4, 2015 Permalink

    Cats will lose by 3 TDs

  2. Omar
    7:29 pm November 4, 2015 Permalink

    Can we stop with the football posts? It’s done. This year is done. This team will struggle with Charlotte. And lose the rest.

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  3. Amy
    7:44 pm November 4, 2015 Permalink

    You have to really question Stoops’ judgment and ability to make important decisions when he hired two coordinators with little to no experience. We see the wonderful results….

  4. danny be good
    7:49 pm November 4, 2015 Permalink

    this post could have been much shorter…it could have just said
    “we still suck”

    that’s all the notes we need from the defense. we will lose by 30 again saturday

  5. Rick Minter
    8:13 pm November 4, 2015 Permalink

    And you guys thought I was bad?

  6. SMH
    8:54 pm November 4, 2015 Permalink

    Can we trade some of that focus for a little more talent?

  7. tippytoe
    9:15 pm November 4, 2015 Permalink

    If Stoops doesn’t replace this guy an take over the defense himself, his job could be in jeopardy soon.

  8. Big John
    9:39 pm November 4, 2015 Permalink

    Our Defense is HORRIBLE with Special Teams a close second.

  9. Bourbon Breath
    12:33 am November 5, 2015 Permalink

    Ol’ Bourbon Breath thinks hump day is when he goes to the farm to see his GF, Betty the cow

  10. SinceStollField
    6:59 am November 5, 2015 Permalink

    You give up 52 points (okay, 38 points) and the changes you make are ?????? Sounds like we are ready for Georgia.

    • BluKudzu
      5:01 pm November 5, 2015 Permalink

      Actually , it was “just 31” points clear coming from 5 scores. The defense can’t be charged with 2 scores from special teams, and a bad pick 6 from the offense. Which still backs what I have said from the beginning of the year, our offense has to have 5-6 scores (30-36 points) just to have a good chance to win games. If we throw in the mistakes on special teams and the mistakes on offense, obviously the opportunities for a win are reduced, significantly.
      I look at that before I determine our chances against the opposing teams each week. Initially, I thought Georgia would be no chance. However, all that has transpired since the UGA/UT game, I think this is more like a South Carolina game. Winnable by we need a couple of really big plays/breaks to do so.
      Patrick has got to play out of his mind.

  11. Hacksaw Reynolds ain't Walkin' in that door
    9:12 am November 5, 2015 Permalink

    Yeah, ’cause coaching from the booth worked so well against Tennessee. How was THAT view?