Georgia football quarterbacks laugh at Auburn ‘tear down’ comments: ‘I found it funny’ – DawgNation

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ATHENS — Nolan Smith smiled when asked about it. Zion Logue let out a laugh. Jamon Dumas-Johnson admitted there was no way to ignore the comments made by Auburn center Brandon Council.

The Auburn offensive lineman told reporters on Wednesday that if Auburn could keep Georgia out of its third-down package, the Tigers could “demolish” Georgia.

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That very much did not happen. If anything, it was the Auburn offense that was robbed on Saturday afternoon.

Auburn finished with 258 total yards. Robbie Ashford completed 13 of his 38 pass attempts for 165 yards, with 62 of those coming on a fourth-quarter touchdown pass to Jarquez Hunter. The score was 35-3 at that point.

Georgia’s front seven dominated Saturday, even if it didn’t end with a sack. Auburn’s best play all afternoon was a quarterback scramble by Ashford, who picked up 52 yards on nine carries. One of those though saw Ashford just drop the ball which Logue luckily collected.

The Georgia defense was led by Dumas-Johnson on Saturday. He collected a team-best five tackles but that doesn’t illustrate his game. He had some strong plays in the afternoon, stonewalling Bigsby several times and chasing Ashford on a handful of dropbacks.

Georgia was without two top inside linebackers, as neither Smael Mondon nor Trezmen Marshall played on Saturday. Rian Davis made his first career start while Xavian Sorey saw an increase in snaps.

But it was Dumas-Johnson who never left the field, setting up the Georgia defense to be in position to punish the Auburn front.

“That should encourage everyone to go a little harder,” Dumas-Johnson said of Council’s comments. “It was a strike-and-attack game. So with that teardown we fit right in. That’s what we did today, strike and attack.”

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The Georgia defensive line similarly stepped up on Saturday, doing so without its best player. Jalen Carter did not dress for the game when he suffered a knee injury in the win over Missouri. Even without a potential top-10 pick, the Georgia defensive line unit found a way to muddy the Auburn offense.

Georgia relied more on Warren Brinson and Bear Alexander to replace Carter. Georgia also leaned heavily on veterans Logue and Nazir Stackhouse to keep Auburn’s offense behind the chains all afternoon.

“As a defense, we really took it personal,” Logue said. “We try to stay away from social media and try to come out on Saturday and prove what we’re going to do. Usually when we get things like that, we try to make those things proud. You see what we’ve done.”

Auburn’s offensive line had far from a banner day, as the group had five false starts in addition to its struggles to open things up for its rushing attack. The Tigers were 5-for-17 on third down, essentially allowing Georgia to live in the package Council said Auburn had to keep Georgia out.

No Georgia player was as publicly bold in his postgame comments as Council was. But you could tell the defense was very proud of their effort on Saturday afternoon.

“It’s an honor to play in the front seven at Georgia,” Smith said as he left with a big ole grin on his face.

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