Big change in philosophy on the offensive line, as Georgia’s decided to go with something close to a nine-man rotation there. Bobo and Friend are considering a different set of linemen on every series.
That’s a departure from the strategy that worked the past few years, when after rough starts to the season the team settled on a front five and stuck with it. But offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said this year’s season opener at Clemson convinced him that they needed to use more players.
“I told you all after the first game I thought we got tired up front,” Bobo said. “At the end of the second quarter and fourth quarter playing 40 snaps. We had to IV a couple guys at halftime. We needed to roll those guys to keep those guys fresh. Not just at receiver or running back but offensive line too. I think it’s good for morale. How many snaps they get depends on how good they do in their series. But it’s more about keeping those guys fresh. … We lost some of our edge because I thought we were more mentally and physically fatigued in that Clemson game.”
They started down that road against North Texas and the results, as Friend admits, weren’t that great. Then again, when you rack up close to 650 yards of offense, maybe fresh is better than great.
The only thing that makes me a little nervous is that the one guy they don’t plan on subbing is Andrews. You know LSU’s got some big boys at defensive tackle who will be coming to play. Better hope Andrews has another South Carolina effort in him this Saturday.