Todd Grantham: Image by Jim Hipple
If you're looking to pinpoint the exact areas where the defense has improved the most, here are some stats to shed light on the issue:
- 2011 Rush Defense: 86.9 yards/game (8th nationally)
2010 Rush Defense: 148.2 yards/game (56th nationally)
In SEC games, we've gone from allowing 138 yards rushing/game to 83.3 yards/game. The defense is actually playing better in league games against the run.
2011 Rushing Yards Allowed on 3rd Down: 1.21 yds/carry
2010 Rushing Yards Allowed on 3rd Down: 2.88 yds/carry
UGA is first in the league after being 9th in the SEC last year.
2011 Completion Percent Allowed on 3rd and 10+: 33.3%
2010 Completion Percent Allowed on 3rd and 10+: 59.4%
We went from 11th in the league to 1st in the critical "3rd and Willie" category.
- 2011 3rd Down Conversions Allowed: 25.7% (1st in the nation)
2010 3rd Down Conversions Allowed: 41.9% (79th in the nation)
- 2011 Kickoff Returns Allowed: 108th in the nation
2010 Kickoff Returns Allowed: 15th in the nation
2011 Punt Returns Allowed: 109th in the nation
2010 Punt Returns Allowed: 17th in the nation
All stats via CFBStats.com the absolute best college football stat site on the web.