Mark Richt hasn’t lost control over Mike Bobo.

Dude’s gonna run the damned ball, thank you very much.

Artifact. Dinosaur. Relic.

Those terms are a bit strong when describing Mike Bobo, but Auburn’s new offensive coordinator and the former Georgia quarterback does steadfastly savor the old-school elements in his play-calling responsibilities.

“Somebody told me once that you’ve got to let them know you’re at the ballpark,” Bobo said. “Sometimes there is not a better way to do that than to get under center and run power, and that’s what we want to be. We want to have a physical run game, and I think you can be a lot more physical sometimes when you’re under center.”

Of course, if you had Bo Nix and a receiving corps having to move on from the losses of Anthony Schwartz, Eli Stove and Seth Williams, you’d probably run the damned ball, too.  But maybe not with as much nostalgia.

Bobo was effective calling the two-minute offense in Athens with the likes of Matthew Stafford and Aaron Murray at quarterback, and his love of power football was understandable with a stretch of running backs that included Knowshon Moreno, Todd Gurley and Nick Chubb, who rushed for 1,547 yards as a freshman during Bobo’s final season in 2014.

Call it Manball on the Plains.  Gary Danielson’s probably gonna have an enormous woody the first time he calls an Auburn game this season.

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26 responses to “Mark Richt hasn’t lost control over Mike Bobo.

  1. Mike Bobo committing to manball right as Nick Saban converts the SEC to wide-open, point-a-minute offense—to hell with rain on your wedding day, that is some ironic shit, Alanis.

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  2. J.R. Clark

    I appreciate everything he did as a coach and player in Athens, but I am glad Bobo is gone. It’s embarrassing to read that. He sounds one of those high school coaches from South Georgia who was still running the single wing or the Notre Dame box offense in the 1980s.

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    • I’m from South Georgia and didn’t see any of those offenses in the 80s. The one wishbone team I saw in the 80s was … Marist. There was a reason South Georgia high school football was dominant in that era. Good defense and multiple I- formation offense with great athletes all over the field.

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      • J.R. Clark

        Sorry, should have said West Georgia. I remember Carrollton running the single wing back in the 80s. But wasn’t Brice Ramsey a Wing T quarterback from Camden County? The Wing T is another old fashioned offense.

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      • theorginaldawgabides

        Coach Joe Compton ran the ND box at Irwin Country in the 80’s with deadly precision. . Lots of wingT and veer teams also.

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        • Definitely in the smaller classifications … my range of knowledge was 1-AAAA and 1-AAA where the offenses looked more like what many SEC teams were running at the time. Definitely run first but with passing when necessary. Those were the days when those regions were the little SEC.

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  3. practicaldawg

    USCjr averaged 23 PPG in 2020 and 14 PPG in their final 3 games “under center.” Something for Barn fans to look forward to.

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  4. Ran A

    I think BoBo is a pretty good OC. Based on what he has to work with, I guess would run more too. His problem? Auburn’s O-Lines that could move people are a thing of the past. Kirby more or less took that Georgia pipeline away from them. And like the Senator said, their receiving group (a pretty talented one) graduated.

    And if you are playing Georgia this year? You better be able to throw the football; because running successfully at the Front Seven is a lot to ask, with a passing game. Without one? Good luck..

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    • Derek

      Bo Nix is marginal. They have no receivers to speak of. The star of the offense is Tank Bigsby.

      I’d run it if I were Bobo too under those circumstances.

      For those of us who survived Bobo’s opener vs. USC in 2007, running it too much might well have needed some consideration…instead of having Stafford chuck it over 40 times.

      In short, I can recall Bobo throwing too much. Can’t recall too many times thinking he was running it too much. I thought CMR and Bobo’s offense was too qb centric. We didn’t do a whole helluva a lot with a marginal talent under center under that regime. Meanwhile Alabama rode Derrick Henry to a natty and made the playoffs with Blake Sims at QB. But thats been forgotten.

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  5. His offenses were remarkably in 2 minute and hurry up situations.

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  6. Dawg in Austin

    “….if you had Bo Nix and a receiving corpse…”
    There, fixed it for you. 😉

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    • Down Island Way

      You might be looking for the response to the question “What about the teams execution”…

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  7. Russ

    Speaking of non-standard coaches, I just saw where the HS coach from Arkansas who never punts and always onside kicks has been hired by Presbyterian College to coach their team. Can’t wait to see how this plays out in college. Guy won 9 state championships with it in HS.

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  8. originaluglydawg

    It almost seems as if some are relegating Manball to the same category that Fish Fry’s Triple Option is in.
    Manball will always be an arrow in Kirby’s quiver.
    But Roquan Smith killed the triple option in ’17.
    (This doesn’t have much to do with the subject, but it’s too beautiful not to post)

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    • RangerRuss

      I like that. The time Kirby spent preparing for the triple option paid off against the nerds and marvelously against Oklahoma every time they tried to slip in an option.

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    • biggity ben

      I loved that season’s D scheme. I’m sort of talking out of my ass, but I remember them stacking the ILBs (like in the first play above) and it literally tearing down OU in the second half of the Rose Bowl. I don’t recall seeing much (if at all) in the seasons following ’17.

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  9. Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

    Bobo’s version of manball will find more success than the 2019 Kirby-Coley version if he’s gonna run it through a lead blocker from the I-formation.

    The one thing that’s never made a lick of sense to me is Kirby’s attitude about having a fullback on the team for a coach who wanted nothing more than to run the ball.

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    • Derek

      Simple. HS’s don’t produce FB’s anymore. The few that are out there get owned by the guy they need him to block.

      Better to have 00 out there as a blocker/pass catcher than some walk on FB getting his dna rearragned every time he tries to take on a sec caliber LB.

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  10. stoopnagle

    Auburn’s last 4 recruiting rankings nationally:
    2018: 12th (this is after they beat the “dog crap” out of us and won the west)
    2019: 11th
    2020: 7th (after beating Alabama in 2019)
    2021: 19th

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