Tennessee coordinator John Jancek prepares for tough Georgia matchup
Tennessee defensive coordinator John Jancek will have his hands full on Saturday facing No. 12 Georgia. The Bulldogs boast a talented offense known to be different in its schemes and a run game that includes three players averaging over nine yards per carry.
“Anytime you get players with experience, that’s an added bonus,” Jancek said. “Some of your best college football teams aren’t necessarily the most talented but they have a senior laden team. They have guys that have redshirted and been in the program for a long time. Usually you can win with those types of players.
“They’ve experienced a lot more and they’re able to handle a lot more. You can be a lot more flexible as a coach. Having guys with experience in that first group is invaluable.”
For Tennessee to counter a strong Georgia running game, it will need big performances from linebackers A.J. Johnson, Curt Maggitt and Jalen Reeves-Maybin, as well as defensive tackle Jordan Williams.
“They do a great job with their offensive line. They really do some great things in terms of scheming you up and when to pull the center and the tackles and when not to, trying to create run throughs and things like that,” Jancek said on Georgia’s success in running. “It’s a combination of having a really good offensive line and obviously some great backs.”
Georgia uses several different formations, including one with two backs, that the Vols have yet to see. Jancek understands that this will be a challenge for the young, Tennessee defense.
“Georgia is a power team. Georgia will be in 21 personnel then they can be in 11, now 12,” Jancek explained. “Those are things you have to make sure you’re on top of your game too. Make sure you have the right people in the game, the personnel to matchup. It’s more of an organizational thing but it’s challenging.”
Tennessee and Georgia kickoff Saturday at noon on ESPN.