By The Numbers: Todd Grantham’s Defense

Posted on Aug 19 2014 - 8:46am by Ethan Moore
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The major question heading into the 2014 season is the new 3-4 scheme being implemented by Todd Grantham.  With only a handful of starters returning, it figures to be a learn-as-you-go process.  According to Grantham, his defensive alignment is designed to put pressure on the quarterback and turn him over.  The coaches are pleased with how far ahead the team is compared to where they were in spring ball, so with that said, let’s look at how Granthem fared in his four years at Georgia.

2010

Total Defense-Yards per game: 329 (national ranking of 23rd)

Total Defense-Points per game: 22.1 (36th)

Sacks: 24

Times opponent scored of over 30 points: 5

2011

Total Defense-Yards per game: 277 (5th)

Total Defense-Points per game: 20.6 (23rd)

Sacks: 35

Times opponent scored of over 30 points: 4

2012

Total Defense-Yards per game: 358 (32nd)

Total Defense-Points per game: 19.6 (18th)

Sacks: 32

Times opponent scored of over 30 points: 4

2013

Total Defense-Yards per game: 376 (45th)

Total Defense-Points per game: 29.0 (T-78th)

Sacks: 33

Times opponent scored of over 30 points: 8

As you can tell, last season was Grantham’s worst at UGA.  However, he had a ton of injuries to deal with the entire season.  When his guys were healthy, his defenses put up solid numbers, respectable numbers.  If the trend of good health continues for the Louisville ‘D’, combined with Petrino’s offense – the Cards will likely compete for ACC titles for the foreseeable future.

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  1. Benturner222 August 21, 2014 at 4:44 pm - Reply

    Hate to break it to you but Grantham is a terrible coach. His defenses are successful if he has a handful of players that understand his convoluted schemes but he is terrible at developing players. He does not coach the basics and his players will lack the fundamental skills needed to be successful. Enjoy your new DC!

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  2. Benturner222 August 21, 2014 at 9:58 pm - Reply

    And none of Georgia's defensive starters missed any significant time due to injury last season.

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