Mike Bobo candidly discusses 'excitement in the air' playing Georgia, his impressions of JT Daniels
Mike Bobo understands that this week is different, as much as he would like to say that it’s another opponent.
The Georgia alumnus and former offensive coordinator will be on the opposite sideline at Williams-Brice Stadium as South Carolina’s interim coach. But he shared some of his feelings about this unique matchup given his history.
“There’s more excitement in the air,” Bobo said. “Lot of history, there’s a lot of people I’ve known on the other side of the ball. Not just at Georgia, but (Kirby Smart) we’ve known since we were childhood friends. I know when I played there and I coached there, it was always tough to come over here to play, now we’re not going to have 85,000 people in the stands. But it was a tough place to come play at Williams-Brice Stadium. We’re going to be ready and we’re going to be ready to compete. That head coach we know each other well, not just football, we’ve always competed in everything we’ve always done, and it’s been very, very spirited all the time.”
As a former quarterback, who has made his career as an offensive-minded coach, Bobo has a unique perspective on QB JT Daniels and the Georgia offense. Bobo said South Carolina must prepare for what Georgia did last week as Daniels passed for 401 yards against Mississippi State. Bobo said Daniels has good movement in the pocket, but he won’t pull it down and run like the other Georgia quarterbacks.
“He’s a different guy, he’s a thrower,” Bobo said. “Stetson (Bennett) was a thrower too, and he ran around a little bit. But I think they’re always going to have an element to want to run the ball, because of who they are, the size that they have, the backs that they have, I think they’re going to (try) to have a little bit more balance.”