Georgia defense making small strides

photo Georgia defensive end Ray Drew moves into the Florida backfield.

ATHENS, Ga. - For all the youth and third-down disasters on Georgia's defense this season, the Bulldogs have shown improvement in recent weeks.

Georgia has vaulted to a respectable seventh in the Southeastern Conference in total defense with an average of 381.2 yards allowed per game. The Bulldogs yielded 337 yards to Vanderbilt and 319 to Florida the past two games, and though the Commodores and especially the Gators are far from explosive this season, Georgia defenders have developed more confidence.

"I think it was just a matter of time," junior defensive end Ray Drew said. "I've always heard the expression that experience is the best teacher and that you get the test first and then learn the lesson afterward.