Statistically speaking, the biggest surprise from yesterday’s game was Georgia throwing the ball 31 times in a 48-point rout. Even though ULL was stacking the box, it’s not as if the Dawgs weren’t running the ball effectively, if not spectacularly. Georgia averaged five yards per rushing play.
Nor would anyone confuse Georgia throwing the ball thirty or more times a game with a strategy for success. Last year’s team was 2-4 in such games. And yet that’s what we got, in a game in which A.J. Green was held out as a result of NCAA dithering.
I think Mike Bobo deserves a little credit here. He certainly needed to get his green quarterbacks’ feet wet facing live game action, but he also needed to send Ellis Johnson a message that Georgia would have some answers to stacking eight men in the box. The message was sent. It’s now a question of whether Johnson is convinced of its meaning.
Of course, having A.J. Green suit up would make Bobo more convincing. Let’s hope Bobo gets that arrow in his quiver back.