It was touched on in the comments to this post the other day, so I thought I’d take a look at the number of plays run by and against Georgia over the past ten seasons to see if the data shed any light on what Bobo might have accomplished with the introduction of his shiny new no-huddle toy last season. The information comes from Georgia’s official site, and is broken down by total number of plays run and yards per play:
YEAR UGA PLAYS UGA YPP OPP PLAYS OPP YPP 2011 1016 5.63 870 4.46 2010 814 6.1 828 5.2 2009 793 5.9 868 5.1 2008 826 6.7 816 5 2007 874 5.6 868 4.8 2006 768 5.3 775 4.3 2005 818 6.2 855 4.8 2004 826 5.9 747 4.6 2003 1023 5.2 880 4.4 2002 981 5.5 934 4.5
First off, if you’d have told me before I looked that the Dawgs ran more plays in 2003 (the offensive line’s Year of Living Dangerously) than any other season in the last ten, I never would have believed it. The second most shocking item to note is that Martinez’ 2006 defense managed the lowest yards per play figure of any Georgia team in that period.
In general, some of the year-to-year variations you see there can be explained by personnel, by the NCAA clock rule changes and by the season’s length, but I don’t see how anyone can deny that last season Bobo squeezed more plays out of Georgia’s offense by going to the no-huddle, something which had largely been abandoned in Athens since Richt’s first season.
By the way, you should be a little impressed with Grantham’s results last season. Despite the offense picking up the pace somewhat, the defense held its own in terms of getting off the field (it defended one more game than in 2010, remember) and the 2011 defensive yards per play figure is as good as it was in VanGorder’s prime.
Let me know what y’all think of the numbers.