Jeremy Pruitt says Tennessee defensive line faces 'tremendous challenge' against Georgia running game, D'Andre Swift
Through four games, Tennessee is allowing opponents to gain 3.65 yards per rush, which puts the Volunteers in the middle of the pack nationally (No. 48 of 130) and in the SEC (No. 7 of 14). At his Wednesday post-practice press conference, Pruitt said he’s happy with how his defensive line is handling the run. But that defensive line is in for a much bigger challenge as Tennessee’s Week 6 opponent has a much stronger ground game than Georgia State, BYU, UT Chattanooga and Florida.
“They will have a tremendous challenge this weekend,” Pruitt said. “Georgia probably has the best run game in the country.”
Pruitt’s hardly exaggerating. Georgia is averaging 6.93 yards per rush through four games, a number which puts the Bulldogs No. 1 in the SEC and No. 3 in the country.
Once again, the leader of UGA’s ground attack is D’Andre Swift. The junior is averaging 7.92 yards per carry. He leads Georgia in rushes (49), yards (338) and touchdowns (3 – co-leader with Brian Herrien).
“He’s not very tall, but he’s built very powerful, has good balance,” Pruitt said of Swift. “He doesn’t take a lot of licks. If he gets hit, it’s ’cause he wanted to hit them.”
Last year, Swift logged 12 carries for 50 yards and 2 TDs against the Vols in a 38-12 UGA win.