Kirby Smart comments on the 'biggest difference' in improved running game
Things are looking up for Georgia after a two-game winning streak that featured wins over Kentucky in Week 10 and then-No. 9 Auburn last Saturday.
With home games against UL-Lafayette and Georgia Tech remaining still left of the schedule, the Bulldogs have a good shot at finishing with an 8-4 mark in coach Kirby Smart’s first season prior to its impending bowl invitation.
A key catalyst in UGA’s recent success has been the running game. Rushing tandem Nick Chubb and Sony Michel have gone for 368 yards over their last two games after being held to 22 on 12 carries in the loss to Florida several weeks ago.
“The biggest difference is the commitment to the run, maybe who we have played,” said Smart during Wednesday’s SEC teleconference. “Last week’s defensive line was impressive but we didn’t really run downhill on them and had to get creative. The commitment level and the style of the run has been the biggest difference.”
Georgia now ranks ninth in the conference with 1,740 total yards on the ground in 2016 and will need another strong performance from its backfield to take care of business early against ULL, which has a nationally-ranked run defense (20th in FBS).