January 5, 2007

Notebook: Linebackers and OL Coaches

After letting West Virginia jump out to a three touchdown lead in last year's Sugar Bowl, the Bulldogs' first half struggles against Virginia Tech in the Chick-fil-A Bowl made Georgia fans just a little bit nervous. A lot of the blame for the loss to the Mountaineers fell on the shoulders of UGA's linebacker corps, but this year, it was the Dawgs' linebackers who came up big in stopping the Hokie ground game and accounting for two key interceptions.

"There really were not a lot of adjustments at half time," said linebacker coach John Jancek. "We talked a lot about being opportunistic as a defense, and when we had a chance to create a turnover, we wanted to do that. I think that the big difference in the second half was the turnovers and field position."

Unlike the WVU game, when the Dawgs gave up nearly 400 yards in rushing to the Mountaineers, Georgia allowed Tech just 189 yards in total offense.

"We lost some field position in the first half and they were playing in the short field, but it just shows the character of our players to come out in the second half and do an outstanding job," said Jancek.

The defense was led by senior Tony Taylor who secured two interceptions to go along with a team high nine tackles (tied with CB Paul Oliver), including two behind the line of scrimmage.

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