Clemson’s defensive coordinator Brent Venables’ head is spinning at the thought.
On Wednesday, Mark Richt was in Statesboro for Georgia Day festivities. Fan days are a chance for fans to get on a more personal level with coaches, rub elbows and ask specific questions…and for coaches to say anything they want.
Richt alluded to Georgia having an offensive set where his two superstar running backs Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall are in on the same play.
Coach Richt says team has a set to get both Gurley and Marshall in the backfield, but said he’d have a fullback in as the lead blocker
— Anthony Dasher (@AnthonyDasher1) May 22, 2013
Gurley rushed for 1,385 yards and 17 touchdowns and was the primary starter last season, while Marshall rushed for 759 yards and eight touchdowns and handled the backup duties. But they weren’t ever in on the same play together that I recall. The thought of having both on the field with a fullback leading the way is nasty.
Again, we can speculate on the actual offensive package, whether it’s the Wildcat, a variation of the Wishbone, or just a split set with both in the backfield with a fullback leading the way.
More than likely it’s a variation of the Wildcat formation with Gurley lined up behind the fullback and Marshall starting out wide and sweeping through the backfield, giving Gurley the option to keep it or hand it off.
In one of the few times I recall Gurley in the Wildcat last season, he housed it against Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl.
Either way, Dabo Swinney and Venables were thrown a little wrinkle, and it’s just something else they will have to prepare for week one.
Photo Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports