Category Archives: Georgia Football

















Those are the points scored by Georgia’s offense in every home game since Todd Gurley’s been on the roster.  With Aaron Murray.  Without Aaron Murray.  Day games.  Night games.  Against cupcakes.  Against SEC powerhouses.  Games when Georgia’s showed up.  Games when Georgia hasn’t shown up so much. SEC on CBS games.  Pay per view games.

Games with Todd Gurley and games without Todd Gurley, for that matter.

It’s remarkably consistent, isn’t it?  Fifteen games, and only two when less than forty points were put up on the scoreboard.  (The header is the average of Georgia’s scores for those fifteen games.)

So tell me what your score prediction for today is.

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This is easy.

Okay, if you’re looking for Tennessee’s version of the wheel route – the can’t miss play call against Georgia’s pass defense – here’s my candidate:

All Hitch Concept

UT All Hitches

The all hitch concept is one of my favorite Butch Jones concepts – and, really, favorite plays in my playbook.

The reason I love this play so much is that it is easy. The throw is predetermined before the snap, so, really, the QB just needs to take the snap, rock and fire. The read is simple – pre-snap – find the deepest DB away from any of your WR and throw it to them. It really is that simple. The QB is directed to make the easiest throw possible. In the play below, UT exploits Oklahoma’s soft quarters coverage for a quick 12 yards.

I bring this to your attention because against SC and some against Troy, Georgia still has the tendency to bail out of their pre-snap positions a little soon and show the rolling coverage too quick. If Jones sees the ability to get quick throws for Worley and get him into a rhythm without much pressure, they could have a lot of success.

UT All Hooks

That call will eat an undisciplined secondary alive.  And it’s going to come too quickly for a pass rush to affect it.


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Mastering the art of field position

Bill Connelly unearths a stat that makes me happy and probably would make Mark Richt ecstatic.

First, field position. My work at Football Study Hall basically boiled the field position battle down to turnovers, team efficiency, kicks, and punts. Turnovers tend to flip field position, sometimes drastically; efficiency tells us how far teams advance the ball before giving it to opponents; and kicks and punts obviously finish the field position job. And as was the case last year, Stanford is once again mastering the art of field position in 2014.

The reason I’m happy?  Check out who’s second.

Team Avg. Starting FP (Off.) Rk Avg. Starting FP (Def.) Rk FP Margin Rk
Stanford 41.6 1 18.9 1 22.7 1
Georgia 38.1 3 22.6 4 15.5 2
Memphis 36.7 8 21.3 2 15.4 3
Temple 37.7 4 23.9 9 13.8 4
Ohio State 36.2 11 23.4 6 12.8 5
TCU 36.9 6 24.2 11 12.7 6
Duke 35.3 17 22.7 5 12.6 7
Baylor 39.8 2 28.0 51 11.8 8
Michigan State 37.6 5 26.2 31 11.4 9
Utah 33.7 29 22.5 3 11.2 10

I can’t even begin to guess the last time Georgia would have dominated a statistical category like that.  It takes a combination of so many things – favorable turnover margin, solid third-down work on defense and competent special teams play, for starters – that the Dawgs have come up short in one way or another over the past few seasons.

Yes, the small sample size warning certainly applies here.  But keep in mind that Georgia’s played two ranked football teams over that period, so it’s a stat with some traction to it.

As Bill puts it, “You don’t see many bad teams near the top of this list or good teams near the bottom.”  Me happy.


UPDATE:  ESPN has some stats of interest here.


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Limping along

We all knew the injuries that occurred in last year’s Tennessee game had an immediate impact on the offense.  David Ching argues that the offense is still suffering from them.

Following the Tennessee win, the Bulldogs’ record dating back to the start of the 2011 season was 26-7, and it seemed like they still stood a good chance of claiming their third straight SEC East title. Since that day in Knoxville, the Bulldogs are 6-5 and one could easily argue Mike Bobo’s offense still hasn’t completely recovered.

Entering this week’s rematch with Tennessee, Scott-Wesley still hasn’t appeared in a game yet in 2014, although Richt hinted he might make his debut next week against Vanderbilt. Same with Mitchell, who has missed 14 games since tearing his ACL in the first quarter of the Bulldogs’ 2013 opener against Clemson.

But perhaps the most unfortunate injury from the Tennessee game was the one to Marshall.

Despite that, Georgia finds itself fourth nationally in scoring.  So how much better could things get?

… The Bulldogs still have Gurley, and their coaching staff has had more than enough practice turning lemons into lemonade since their visit to Neyland Stadium a year ago, so they’re hardly the limping club that hit the skids after last season’s overtime victory.

The Bulldogs have still fielded a serviceable — and at times, truly impressive — offense since then, despite all the injury absences. Eventually, Bobo might have all his weapons at his disposal once again. And SEC East defenses should take cover if that happens.


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“It only takes one guy for a breakdown.”

Jeremy Pruitt sees Tennessee’s offensive line in the same boat as Georgia’s secondary.

The way Bulldogs first-year defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt sees it, his guys are going through the same developmental process as Tennessee’s offensive line.

“They’ve got a lot of new guys up there, and the guys they had were there for a long time,” Pruitt said. “They’ve been productive all year. They’re probably like us a little bit in that when you’ve got five new guys or six or seven counting the tight ends, you might have six out of seven do the right thing on one play, but it only takes one guy for a breakdown.

“I’m sure they’re like anybody else in the country in that they’re trying to sustain over the course of a game.”

Except the Vols may be even greener in spots.

Tennessee coach Butch Jones said this week that there could be many instances in which an entire side of his offense is comprised of true freshmen: right guard Jayshon Robertson, right tackle Coleman Thomas, tight end Ethan Wolf and receiver Josh Malone.

If Jalen Hurd starts, that’s another true freshman running behind them and providing the last line of pass protection for Worley.  But I’m sure they’ll play just as well on the road as South Carolina’s right side did in Columbia.  Because, Georgia pass defense.


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A man of few words

This sounds kind of ominous (h/t Bernie).

Is there a bigger difference between this year’s meeting and last year’s than a healthy Gurley?  I guess we’ll see.


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Wild Dawggin’ it.

As I mentioned in my game review, I really liked the version of the Wildcat… er, Wild Dawg, Georgia trotted out against Troy, with Michel taking the direct snap from center and McKenzie running the jet sweep.  And not just from a results on the field standpoint.  I like that it gave Tennessee’s defensive coaches something to ponder.

So, needless to say, I’m down with Richt being coy about the formation’s future.

“Everybody has called it the Wildcat formation for the longest, but ‘Wild Dawg’ is probably not a bad way to go,” said UGA coach Mark Richt when asked about it during his Monday night radio show. “I would think we’ll see a little bit more of that before it’s over. I don’t know how much we’ll do. But (Michel) really has got a good knack for it, and his former high school teammate – Isaiah McKenzie – is a good speed-sweep guy, which is always a part of that Wildcat system.”

Even if Bobo never calls it this Saturday, making the Vols spend preparation time on it is a win of sorts.  Particularly since Tennessee is having to work on something else it’s seen infrequently.

Jancek noted Georgia’s offensive line’s role in a rushing attack that’s averaged 304 yards per game, and facing a power team like the Bulldogs will be an adjustment for the Vols, who see mostly spread looks from their own offense and two of their first three opponents.

“We don’t get to see that a lot even in spring practice,” the coordinator said. “We don’t get to see that a lot in fall camp. It is foreign, and that’s been a challenge for us to try and make sure that we cover all of our bases when it comes to the two-back offenses and the problem they can create with that two-back system.”

Just because you throw eight guys in the box doesn’t mean you’ve automatically shut down the other team’s running game.


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