One of Georgia State’s priorities during August’s practices is to improve the tempo of the offense.
Coach Bill Curry and offensive coordinator want the players lined up faster and executing the plays faster. The goal is to create situational advantages for Georgia State’s offense. The coaches also think they can get at least 12 more plays per game, which would improve last year’s average to 76.5. Opponents averaged 73 last year.
There has been progress in the first week, but all agree they can be better.
“We’re slow,” quarterback Ben McLane said.
The team worked on it all in 15 practices in the spring, and were getting lined up and the play called in 16 seconds in some situations. Curry said they don’t have a goal for time between snaps. But to improve the tempo he is pushing everyone to pick up the pace, even when moving into the practice facility and to film sessions.
“That’s the way football is played now,” he said. “Other teams have been doing it for years. They are ahead of us but we are fighting to catch up and that’s how we are going to play this year.”
By calling the plays faster, Curry and Co. hope to limit how much time opponents have to analyze situations and make personnel changes.
“I know it’s going to benefit us in some ways for sure,” Bond said.
The team isn’t moving as fast because the coaches are evaluating personnel, which requires a lot of substitutions, which slows everything down.
McLane said once they get closer to the Aug. 30 season-opener, he expects the coaches will have the personnel groups set, which will enable everyone to pick up the pace.
Oregon, with its “Quack Attack” offense, has made the no-huddle hurry-up offense something to be imitated the past few years. The Ducks averaged almost 80 plays per game during the 2010 season, according to Sports Illustrated.
Instead of keeping the same players on the field, Georgia State wants to use different personnel groupings because they like to use multiple formations.
“It’s faster every day but we still have a ways to go,” Curry said. “It’s what football has become, if you don’t get ready you get wasted in games.”
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