November 10, 2012

NOTEBOOK: VanGorder wants bigger bodies

AUBURN -- There are many reasons Georgia was so superior to Auburn on Saturday night.

The Tigers' lack of size may be the most important.

Defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder watched as his group struggled to accomplish much of anything against the Bulldogs, who converted eight of their 14 third-down situations. And that number could have been worse; Georgia attempted only five passes after halftime.

After the game, VanGorder wasn't shy about addressing Auburn's personnel shortages.

"Our defense is not built with size, strength and power right now. I think that becomes obvious against teams like Georgia," he said. "First game, Clemson. It shows up. Players know; we talk about it. I respect them. I've had a lot of fun with them in terms of learning football, working on changing the culture in our room. They did a fine job preparing this week. I feel awful that they go out and good things didn't happen, but you've got to earn those things. You've got to tackle."

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