A staple of the Georgia offensive playbook under Richt, the play action pass has always been something that Dawg quarterbacks have had to excel at. There is an art to selling a good play fake, and in my humble opinion, David Greene was a master at it. Greene was as good at carrying out the play fake as any quarterback I’ve seen at the college level.
One particular variation of it that Georgia runs is the delayed pass, a play that we’ll see once a year or so. Instead of a quick fake of a handoff to a back to freeze the defensive coverage for a moment, Greene would hold the ball on his hip, turn his back on the play and keep the ball for a few seconds to allow a streaking receiver to get open deep. The play involves a lot of salesmanship from the QB, the RB and the offensive line – and a great deal of courage from the quarterback, who is completely vulnerable to any defender who doesn’t buy the play fake and rushes the QB.
You know you’ve done your job well when the TV camera work gets sucked into the run fake along with the defense, as you can see in the two clips below.
In the first clip, against Tech in 2003, Munson gets so excited about the call and execution that he calls DG “Fred Greene”:
Speaking of courage, keep in mind that was behind the swiss cheese o-line of ’03 that allowed 47 sacks and against Tenuta’s blitz happy defense.
The second clip is a Greene to Edwards pass in the 2002 Vandy game. This one came at the expense of a Vandy DB who was touted as having some high academic credentials. Anyway, he didn’t look too smart here:
The first time I saw DG pull this off was against Auburn in ’01. He fooled everyone on the Auburn team except Tuberville, who ran down the sideline screaming at his defense to cover the pass play.
Too bad that one didn’t lead to a win…