Face it, Georgia's offense is going to look different
Much has been made about Hutson Mason’s struggles and Georgia’s inability to throw the ball (myself included).
While it’s true – the Bulldogs rank 13 in the SEC in passing offense, ahead only of Vanderbilt, and dead last in passing yards – those numbers are somewhat skewed. Georgia ranks third in completion percentage and have attempted the fewest number of passes in the league.
But it’s time to come to a stark realization: the Georgia offense is going to look different than at any point in recent memory.
Mark Richt has one of the top three players in all of college football and two true freshmen who among the best rookies in the country.
The Bulldogs are averaging right at 300 yards per game on the ground. It ranks second in rushing offense and rush yards, is tied for second is rushing touchdowns and is first in yards per carry. Heisman Trophy candidate Todd Gurley is off to a great start with 621 yards on the ground and is on pace for over 1,500 yards and 18 touchdowns, if he can stay healthy. Sony Michel and Nick Chubb are combining to average an additional 91 yards per game on the ground. All three backs are averaging more than six yards per carry, and well frankly, you could go on and on with the stats for Georgia’s depth at tailback.
Richt knows his passing game has struggled. So much so that he even fielded questions during his radio show on Monday night about possibly replacing Mason.
Though Mason’s job doesn’t appear to be in any imminent danger, Richt has said there are things that both he and the Bulldogs corps of receivers can improve upon, such as getting separation and providing a window for Mason to throw into.
However, the Bulldogs are going to ride the shoulders of the its best player as long as it can afford to, which may be one more week before the Bulldogs head to Columbia, Mo to face the Tigers.
“If we weren’t giving the ball to Todd [Gurley], Sony [Michel] and [Nick] Chubb you guys would be asking why we’re not giving them the ball more,” Richt said told Macon.com. “I don’t think we’re gonna have quite the same balance that we’ve had in the past. Because of the dynamics in that backfield right now.”