December 29, 2007
New Orleans -- The Georgia defense knows it will have its hands full with Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennen and the Warriors spread passing attack on New Years Night, but the Georgia offense may face a challenge against Hawaii's defense.
Freshman running back Knowshon Moreno says, "The defense is going to play hard, fly around to the ball. It's really going to be a good game, so we really have to focus, and be prepared for this one."
Hawaii's defense may be one of the most improved in the nation. The Warriors moved up 60 spots under first year defensive coordinator Greg McMackin.
Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo says, "That league is known for people scoring points, but aside from Louisiana Tech early in the year, no body's really put a lot of points on them."
The big concern the Hawaii defense brings to the Georgia offense is a blitz package that reminds the Bulldogs of their biggest rivals.
Senior offensive lineman Fernando Velasco says, "We fared pretty well against Georgia Tech, but Hawaii, they're a different ball team. It's just going to come down to execution. Making sure all the lineman are picking up the calls and communicating.
Quarterback Matthew Stafford adds, "They do bring blitzes, and they do it well. It's definitely going to be a challenge for us."
But after scoring 40 or more points against Florida and Auburn, it's a challenge the Georgia offense is ready to tackle.