Mike Bobo wants an improved passing attack for the South Carolina game.
Hutson Mason invites the Gamecocks to load the box to force him to throw.
I’m detecting a theme emerging.
I think too much is being made about Mason’s anemic passing stats against Clemson. As Chris Conley puts it, “Unfortunately when you have talented backs like we do, sometimes when you run the ball, you have success…” Georgia’s offense in the second half wasn’t broke, so why fix it?
Mason has enough game to be a contributing factor in Columbia, if that’s what’s needed. Texas A&M’s shredded the South Carolina defense for 511 passing yards without a single pass going for more than 33 yards. Hill played a great game, but his passer rating was a fairly modest 161.37, because his yards per attempt were just 8.5. (Just a reminder – Aaron Murray’s passer rating against SC last season was 244.15.)
The point is that the Gamecocks were vulnerable to a passing attack that wasn’t based on bombing them deep, but rather on finding ways to slice and dice them with precise routes and accurate throws. (Take a look at Bruce Feldman’s analysis of one of those ways TAMU went after the Carolina defense successfully.)
There’s no reason to think Mason can’t hold up his end of the deal with that kind of approach to moving the ball. And Georgia’s got plenty of talent on the receiving end of things. The key to winning in Columbia is going to be whether the offensive line can build on its second half against Clemson.