Curran helps Georgia’s defense in many ways
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.