ATHENS — Georgia nose tackle Jordan Davis indicated he and his teammates are well aware of the upsets around college football, certainly the Georgia State win over SEC rival Tennessee.
But that’s just the nature of college football, and all the more reason why the No. 3-ranked Bulldogs have to play up to their own standard at 4 p.m. on Saturday against Murray State.
“It’s something we definitely keep in our minds, not to slip, especially in this game college football, you have to bring it every week,” Davis said earlier this week. “If you get caught sleeping, it’s going to be detrimental, because someone can take advantage of that.
“Coach (Kirby Smart is going to preach about playing to a high standard no matter who the opponent is, it could be Murray Sate, it could be anybody in the SEC, it could be anyone in the Pac-12, it doesn’t matter, but as long as we play our game we’ll be fine.”
Davis’ game is plugging the middle of the field and disrupting the offensive line protection on passing downs, and he’s fast becoming one of the best in the nation at it.
“The sky’s the limit for Jordan,” Smart said. “He’s athletic, he’s big, he’s smart, he’s fun to talk to. He’s just entertaining.
“But Jordan has to work hard to keep his stamina up. People can negate him by going fast, by going hurry-up they can wear him down.”
That will surely be the Racers’ plan in their uptempo passing attack.
Davis, one of three UGA players named an FWAA Freshman All-American last season, said he has also been impressed with Murray State tailbacks.
“They can run and pass, very athletic team,” Davis said. “I’m just looking at some highlight cutups and they’re running backs, very explosive.”
The Racers had two backs averaging more than 6 yards per carry in their season-opening win, Jared McCray (6 carries, 76 yards) and Rodney Castille (10 carries, 62 yards and 6 catches for 25 yards).
Davis, who had two tackles in last Saturday’s 30-6 win at Vanderbilt — including a Tackle-For-Loss — said the Bulldogs will be shooting for improvement with their “Havoc Rate.”
Georgia had three TFLs, two pass break-ups and a fumble recovery on the 62 run/pass snaps and two special teams returns the Commodores ran.
“We talked about it this morning at the meeting, our havoc rate wasn’t really what we expected,” Davis said. “It was 11 percent, and we usually shoot for 20.
“There’s always room for improvement.”
Smart explained in the offseason how Georgia would measure it’s Havoc Rate.
“Havoc for us is the percentage of plays that you cause a ball disruption, a turnover, a tackle for a loss (or) a PBU.
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