After struggling for the last few games, the Georgia defense
woke up and almost lead the Georgia Bulldogs to a victory over Florida. UGASports
caught up with defensive coordinator Willie Martinez to ask him a few
questions about the Florida game and the upcoming matchup with Kentucky.
UGASports: How is important was holding
Florida to only seven points in the second half of the game last week for building
defensive momentum for the rest of the season given all the second half struggles
Martinez: "Well, obviously we are
not happy that we did not win and so that always leaves a bad taste in your
mouth. I thought we did a lot of good things in the first half. Heck the first
play of the game we strip the ball and it bounces perfectly to an offensive
linemen. What if we get the ball right there. There are a lot of things we did
in the first half that we liked. Obviously there were some things we did not
like, like giving up a big play, the only one we gave up. It helps your team
and there is no doubt about it. If you feel like you played well and we feel
like we did than it helps."
UGASports: When was the last time you
were feeling that way about the defense after a game?
Martinez: "You know it has been
up and down. The last couple of weeks I thought we played well at times and
we just did not play smart at times and we did not make enough plays. It seemed
like Saturday we were hitting on all cylinders as far as playing physical, tough,
and smart, a lot of things we did as far as execution and knowing what to expect
that the outside world may not understand or see it, but a lot of good things
UGASports: How did Ramarcus Brown
play coming off the injury?
Martinez: "He was big coming back
for us because of his speed and he has really been coming on and he had a really
big ballgame. He made a great play in the first half, we were bringing pressure,
he is all there by himself, and we have lacked that where we could not make
any plays. You have to make a play in that situation. There were some other
things he did, but that was huge for him to comeback for us because he had been
playing well and steady."
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