Too many playmakers? Good problem to have says Richt
HOOVER, Ala. — Nick Chubb. Sony Michel. Isaiah McKenzie. Malcolm Mitchell. Keith Marshall.
Safe to say Georgia’s loaded at the skill positions offensively heading into the 2015 season.
When asked how he plans on making everyone happy and sharing the touches on Thursday in Hoover, Bulldogs coach Mark Richt said he doesn’t lose sleep concerning new OC Brian Schottenheimer’s handling of the offense.
The primary focus?
Save some of the tread.
“There’s no challenge, really,” Richt said. “It’s just more of, like you say, a privilege. It’s a blessing to have playmakers, and the goal is to keep people fresh, keep them healthy, find what guys can do well and get them in position to do it.”
Under offensive coordinator Mike Bobo last fall, the Bulldogs set a school scoring record at 41.3 points per game and led the SEC in rushing thanks to Todd Gurley and Chubb.
Chubb, a sophomore with 10/1 Heisman odds, is coming off a monster 1,547-yard campaign while McKenzie, the league’s top special teams threat, managed a program freshman-record three touchdowns in the return game.
Splitting carries behind a first-year quarterback and spreading it around to an array of pass-catchers is an ideal predicament.
“I think the more playmakers you have, the merrier, and that’s not too big of a challenge to try to figure out how to get it done,” Richt said. “I’d rather have that problem of a bunch of them rather than trying to figure out do we have anybody who can make a play.”