KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Georgia Tech’s offense doesn’t dazzle and sometimes can be boring to watch.
The famed flexbone offense with an emphasis on the triple option can lull defenses into a false sense of security. Then Georgia Tech strikes.
The Yellow Jackets offense ranked third in the country in offensive explosiveness last season, according to Bill Connelly’s advanced statistical profile on SBNation .
Tennessee will open the season next Monday against Georgia Tech at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
Tennessee’s defense has focused on trying to stop the explosive plays, according to cornerback Emmanuel Moseley after practice last Thursday.
“It’ll be a big test,” Moseley said. “We’ve got to pay attention to the details, once we do that, we’ll be good.”
Defensive coordinator Bob Shoop said at a media availability Friday that the defense has begun figuring out what makes the Georgia Tech offense dangerous.
“They understand, through film study and seeing how they make big plays, and seeing how they take great defenses and shred them up,” Shoop said. “How they are able to use their scheme to manipulate what the other team has to do defensively. I think our guys are seeing it on tape and how they are understanding it by their execution during practice.”
Injuries for the Vols
The Tennessee defense gave up a number of big plays in 2016, particularly toward the end of the season when the injuries began to mount. The Vols gave up 1,055 yards and 12 touchdowns on the ground in their final three SEC games against Kentucky, Missouri and Vanderbilt.
All three of the games featured a limited Darrin Kirkland Jr. at middle linebacker. He will miss the Georgia Tech with a knee injury.
This will put more pressure on the rest of the defense to limit the big plays.
Moseley said the coaching staff has emphasized fixing the big-play allowance on the ground this spring.
“A big part of it,” Moseley said. “If we eliminate the big plays, we will win a lot of games.”
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