ATHENS — Georgia football coach Kirby Smart said his Bulldogs aren’t hiding any pressure packages, they just aren’t calling for many blitzes.
The Bulldogs have just one sack this season through three games, which puts them last in the nation (128th) in sacks per game (0.33), leading to questions.
“Probably fair to say we haven’t pressured much, [and] obviously, based on the statistics, we haven’t pressured a whole lot, but I don’t know that we’ve held back on any,” Smart said at his Monday press conference.
“We’re a run-stop-first team, and we haven’t had a lot of opportunities,” Smart said. “Like I said after the South Carolina game, I didn’t think that we rushed the passer real well and affected the quarterback. I don’t think we had many opportunities last week.
“But no, I wouldn’t say we’ve held back. We are who we are. We’re not keeping secrets.”
The No. 2-ranked Georgia football program plays at Missouri at noon on Saturday (TV: ESPN, RADIO: WSB 750 AM, 95.5 FM) in a battle of unbeaten SEC teams.
The Tigers, a two-touchdown underdog, depending on the sports book, have allowed just one sack this season on 123 pass attempts.
“We’ve got tape out there of what our defense is, and they’ve got tape out there of what their offense is,” Smart said. “A lot of times you do special things in certain games and you might have your change-ups, but for the most part you are who you are.”
Smart said after Saturday’s game against Middle Tennessee he wasn’t overly concerned with the pass-rush statistics.
“Everybody wants sacks, everybody wants pass rush,” Smart said. “I look more at total yards per completion, and how many points they had on the scoreboard.”
Georgia is tied for second in the country in allowing 8.0 points per game, the the Bulldogs are No. 1 in the nation in fewest yards per completion (7.39 yards).