Run game continues to be first option for Georgia
It’s been run-first through the first three games for the Georgia Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs rushed for 328 yards against Clemson, 217 yards against South Carolina and 367 yards against Troy. Head coach Mark Richt and offensive coordinator Mike Bobo have been quick to use all four running backs in Todd Gurley, Keith Marshall, Sony Michel and Nick Chubb. All four have performed well in each of the Bulldogs first three games.
First year starting quarterback Hutson Mason has not yet been forced to throw the ball with great regularity yet. The Bulldogs have not had a game yet in which it had more pass attempts than rush attempts.
In the opener against Clemson, 41 of Georgia’s 67 plays were runs. Two weeks later in the loss to South Carolina in Columbia, 38 of the Bulldogs 60 plays were runs and on Saturday against Troy, 39 of the ‘Dawgs 61 offensive plays were runs.
Richt said it’s just based on how defenses are scheming for them.
“We might could’ve said, ‘Hey let’s throw it 50 times a game and see what kind of success we can have,’ but we just felt like it was more important to basically take what they give us,” Richt said in his Sunday evening teleconference according to the Athens Banner-Herald.
Neither Clemson nor Troy gave the Bulldogs looks selling out to the run. The Tigers and Trojans mostly lined up in two high safety looks, and Georgia had great success. Though they still eclipsed 200 yards on the ground against South Carolina, the Gamecocks often had eight and nine guys in the box.
“They played a game where they didn’t really stack the box,” Richt said of the Trojans. “They played more two safety looks than we thought they would. We thought they’d play more defenses geared to stop the run and force us to throw the ball. There were some times we had some passes called that we checked out of the pass to the run because we thought they were vulnerable to the run game.”
Georgia now turns its attention to the Tennessee Volunteers who travel to Athens on Saturday.