Cur­ran helps Ge­or­gia’s de­fense in many ways

The Covington News - - SPORTS - By Paul New­berry

ATHENS — The Ge­or­gia de­fense looks a whole lot faster to coach Mark Richt. Maybe that’s be­cause he’s been watch­ing Ren­nie Cur­ran.

The fresh­man line­backer brought speed and en­thu­si­asm to a de­fense that will cer­tainly be un­der the gun Satur­day when the No. 8 Bull­dogs host high-scor­ing Ken­tucky in their fi­nal South­east­ern Con­fer­ence game.

Cur­ran spent the first part of the sea­son learn­ing the ropes in a backup role, but he was so im­pres­sive that Ge­or­gia put him in the lineup for a cru­cial game against Florida. He made his sec­ond start last week in a 45-20 vic­tory over Auburn, com­ing up with five solo tack­les, as­sist­ing on an­other and mak­ing one stop for a 3-yard loss.

“We’re play­ing faster now than we did at the be­gin­ning of the sea­son on de­fense,” Richt said. “Ren­nie Cur­ran helps us look faster. He has a knack of smelling out the play and go­ing to get it quickly.”

Cur­ran, who played at Brook­wood High School in sub­ur­ban At­lanta, agreed with his coach’s as­sess­ment of the im­proved speed on de­fense.

“Oh yeah, the de­fense as a whole is play­ing a whole lot faster com­pared to what we were do­ing at the be­gin­ning of the year,” the fresh­man said. “The coaches have al­lowed us to play fast and not worry about mis­takes so much.”

Cur­ran is still learn­ing the com­plex­i­ties of de­fend­ing a col­lege of­fense, and he’s not above mak­ing a rookie er­ror or two. But his older team­mates have helped with the big tran­si­tion from preps to the SEC.

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