One thing about a concern that there won’t be enough balls to keep all the skill position players happy this season — you can address that, at least partially, by running more plays in a game.
Here, via cfbstats.com, are the number of plays per game run by Georgia during Smart’s term, compared to the team in the country that ran the most plays per game in the same season:
- 2016: Georgia 70.7 Tulsa 85.7
- 2017: Georgia 65.0 Syracuse 85.6
- 2018: Georgia 65.9 Wake Forest 82.1
- 2019: Georgia 67.1 Ohio State 76.4
- 2020: Georgia 68.3 Clemson 75.1
I’m not advocating pedal to the metal, but there is clearly some room for Georgia’s offense to increase the number of plays it runs. Also, note that, from season to season, there is a healthy concentration of the best offenses ranked in the top five of plays run, which makes sense, if you think about it. Together, that’s a good way to keep your backs and receivers engaged.