Hot, hot, hot

… Georgia’s offense in the red zone, that is.

I posted about the Dawgs leading the SEC in red zone efficiency a couple of weeks ago.   With Georgia going 4 for 4 in the red zone against Florida, it’s upped that league leading percentage to an incredible 96.4.  (The only miss in the red zone this year was at the end of the Oklahoma State game when Georgia was in its clock run mode.)

The Athens Banner-Herald has a nice article up on the subject, with plenty of comments from the players and Bobo about their newfound prowess in this area.  Most credit a combination of avoiding penalties and staying focused on running the ball.

There’s also a stat worth noting in the article:  Georgia scores touchdowns three out of every four times it gets inside the opponent’s red zone.  That, too, leads the SEC.  And it’s the best by a wide margin in the Richt era, as well.

Georgia’s percentage of touchdowns in the red zone is on pace to be the best in Richt’s seven seasons, ahead of the 63 percent showing last season. The Bulldogs were between 50 and 55 percent every year from 2001 to 2005.

It’s early in Bobo’s career as a play caller and coordinator.  He’s made his share of mistakes.  But he’s got his priorities in order…

“You’ve got to have greater focus because any mistake can cause you from getting points,” Bobo said. “That’s just been a focus this year – red zone and turnovers – and we’ve done a nice job of it.”

… and he’s done an admirable job emphasizing them.

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  1. Hobnail_Boot

    One word helps explain this.. Knowshon.

  2. Brandon

    Hobnail, I like what Knowshown has done too, but don’t act like it’s just him. No turnovers inside the 20 (And I also remember Thomas running like a man possessed inside the 20, when he was healthy). Watch Stafford throw that TD to Massaquoi against Ole Miss and you get a very good idea of how far he has come. He puts it where our guys have, at least, a chance and defenders have none. Plus we are protecting the QB very well up front (great job lately) which keeps us from getting those costly sacks that can knock a team out of scoring position. But, all that being said, run Knowshon! And Go Dawgs!

    P.S. The recievers have been catching very well lately too; how about a little credit from the peanut gallery? Go Dawgs!