UGA defense realigns for Eagles' offense 

November, 13, 2012
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ATHENS, Ga. -- Todd Grantham didn’t even need to hear an entire question about Georgia Southern’s offensive capabilities before bluntly tossing out a statistic.

“They had 370 on Alabama last year,” Grantham said, shortly after his Georgia defense posted its first shutout of the season against Auburn, 38-0.

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Kevin Liles/US PresswireTodd Grantham's defense is on a roll, but the Bulldogs must make a radical shift the next two games to defend against the flexbone rushing attacks of Georgia Southern and Georgia Tech.
The Georgia defensive coordinator’s math was slightly off -- Georgia Southern finished with 341 yards of total offense last season at Alabama -- but that did not reduce his greater point. The Eagles hung big numbers on an Alabama defense that was not only the best in college football last season, but one of the sport’s best in at least the last decade, and his team can’t afford to look beyond this Saturday’s opponent, which is ranked sixth in the FCS polls.

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