How Georgia Beats South Carolina: Using Running Backs in the Passing Game
We’re using historical footage from great Georgia/South Carolina games of the past to build a gameplan for how the Bulldogs can defeat the Gamecocks. Check out the full archive here.
Yesterday, I discussed the benefits of the deep passing game and today I’m staying with the aerial assault.
Heading into this season, I expected that Georgia would rely heavily on its talented backfield—even in the passing game. After all, Todd Gurley hauled in 441 yards worth of catches last season and Keith Marshall is a noted weapon downfield. In the season opener, however, the Dawgs got only 15 receiving yards out of their running backs. Early on quarterback Hutson Mason found Gurley on a screen pass (that went for a loss) and Sony Michel for a few short routes, but for the most part the backs were not a factor as receivers.
If Mike Bobo (who happens to be the passer in the video above) can find ways to use these talented running backs in space against South Carolina defenders who struggled in one-on-one coverage against Texas A&M, the Bulldogs may find an advantage that doesn’t require highly difficult downfield passes.
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