One thing the injuries took away last season was the big play on offense.
“It’s hard to go eight, 10-play drives all the time,” Bobo said. “You like those plays where you throw it out there and they take one to the house, or they take a swing pass and go for 20-to-30 yards. And we had to work for it a bit more last year. We still had our fair share of big plays, but not as many as we had the year before.”
Last year, Georgia had just three completions of 50 yards or more, and one was a catch-and-run by tailback Todd Gurley. (The 75-yard touchdown against Florida.) Another was the 85-yarder to Scott-Wesley, whose services were no longer available after he tore his ACL at Tennessee in the fifth game.
Compare that to 2012, when Georgia had nine pass plays of 50-plus yards, all but one of them by wide receivers.
Last season the Bulldogs also saw a dip in pass plays of 40-plus yards (just 11, down from 19 in 2012) and 30-plus yards (28, down from 32). Michael Bennett and Chris Conley, the team’s leading receivers last year, didn’t have a catch of 50 yards or more.
The low point came in the loss at Vanderbilt, when the longest catch was a 17-yarder to tailback J.J. Green.
I get where Bobo’s coming from here, but here comes the big “if”:
“If we can get Reggie (up to speed), and Malcolm and Justin back, that opens up not just the passing game, but the running game,” Bobo said.
Davis actually showed me something at G-Day, enough that I can see him as a real contributor this season. But this offense is probably going to open up as far as Mitchell and Scott-Wesley can take it. And that’s something we won’t know until we see if Mitchell shows up healthy for the opener.