Gus Malzahn on what makes Georgia's special teams stand out on tape
In a close game, every detail matters, and special teams just may be the deciding factor in Saturday’s pivotal matchup between Auburn and Georgia.
The Bulldogs turned in one of the best special-teams performances of the week against Arkansas, and Gus Malzahn thinks he knows what makes their unit just so “special.”
“When you watch them on special teams, they’ve got real speed. That’s what really stands out,” Malzahn said during his Tuesday press conference. “Anytime you’re talking about speed on special teams, it usually is the difference maker.”
Georgia special teams made one of the biggest plays of the game against the Razorbacks when the Bulldogs blocked a George Caratan punt deep in Arkansas territory with 4:31 remaining in the third quarter to set up a short field. On the ensuing drive Stetson Bennett found John Fitzpatrick for a 7-yard touchdown and a 20-10 lead, ultimately sniffing out any hopes the Hogs had of a comeback.
Bulldogs punter James Camarda, who was named SEC Special Teams Player of the Week, had 7 punts that averaged 49.9 yards a kick. Thanks to proper placement and a speedy coverage unit, not a single punt was returned.
While Auburn only allowed one punt return for just 6 yards against Kentucky, Georgia returners ripped off 3 returns, all for at least 15 yards.
Georgia won last year’s showdown 21-14 against Auburn.