Georgia State trying to pick up the pace on offense

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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25 comments Add your comment

Panama

August 9th, 2012
7:26 am

With our skill position players on that Dome track it should be fun to watch.

GSU freshman

August 9th, 2012
7:29 am

Do we have enough strength to generate offense after the 4th quarter?

RidgeRunner

August 9th, 2012
7:55 am

Everyone is praising Ben Pollard’s strength building program this year. Last year he came in late. This year he was here for Spring and Summer training. We should not see 4th qtr let downs this year. That alone should help us a lot.

GSU_MEX_ALUM

August 9th, 2012
7:56 am

Good question freshman…. We all hope that the conditioning with coach Pollard will help with finishing the fourth quarter.

Hope they remember that in order to win a FB game they have to compete 4 quarters.

I’m excited to see our team on the field! Go Panthers!!!

Doug Roberson

August 9th, 2012
8:06 am

Freshman: Curry thinks the team will be stronger in the fourth quarter. There will be more on that in the upcoming college football preview section.
All of the players that I’ve spoken to say they are much stronger than they were last year, after spending a full year in Pollard’s S&C program.

Keeper of the Flats

August 9th, 2012
8:46 am

There is only room for 1 football team in Atlanta, can we issue GSU football a cease & desist order?

Panama

August 9th, 2012
9:11 am

Great write up Doug. One thing I have heard is that the hurry up is a cultural shift for most schools. For example Oregon has an DJ at practice blasting up tempo Hip Hop and Rock. They run everywhere even to and from drills and on and off the field before and after practice. Is the staff making any cultural adjustments so the team is thinking “fast” all the time?

shocked

August 9th, 2012
9:16 am

12 more plays means 9 more incomplete passes and 3 more punts

I don’t know why some coaches get hung up on number of offensive plays…try worrying about fewer defensive plays…the only number that counts is the score board at the end of the game.

For reference: Last year LSU averaged 64 offensive plays per game and Alabama averaged 67 offensive plays per game.

Panama

August 9th, 2012
9:22 am

More offensive plays = less defensive plays Troll Trollington III

shocked

August 9th, 2012
9:25 am

Are you serious?

Panama

August 9th, 2012
9:29 am

Um…assuming the same number of total plays per game if you increase your average offensive plays per game by x then your teams average defensive plays per game should decrease by something close to x.

No extra innings in football. :D

Shocked Stupid

August 9th, 2012
9:38 am

dey did not learnt me any math when i gart my ged and i made it into statesboro just fine…go eegles!

BariBlue

August 9th, 2012
9:41 am

A quicker offense is greatly needed. Make the opponents struggle to keep up.

shocked

August 9th, 2012
10:16 am

Are you guys really that stupid?

You are correct that there are no extra innings in football…You do know that there is not the same number of play per game…do you realize that the clock keeps running whether you are in the huddle or running a play…you can actually sustain a drive and eat up clock.

Again Alabama and LSU ran 67 and 64 plays per game and played in the national championship…by comparison Texas Tech ran more plays than any other team in the nation last year at an average of 85 offensive play per game they had 5 wins and 7 loses.

Decatur Street Dumpster Fire

August 9th, 2012
10:34 am

Only three more weeks until our beatdown at the hands of South Carolina State!

#STATEOFSLOP

Shocked Stupid

August 9th, 2012
11:09 am

my techur at suthern told me that if i only use xamples dat suppurt my claims dat i win dah argument. dey also tuld me dat i shuld never use xamples dat might contrdick muh statments bc it wuld make me look dummer than i alredy is

shocked

August 9th, 2012
11:28 am

Are you guys so stupid that you think there is a fixed number of plays in a football game?

Shocked Stupid

August 9th, 2012
11:45 am

da oregon ducks, da oklahoma soners, da baylor bars, da houston coogers, ok state cowboys, dun run a lot of plays an win a lotta gamez! doh! i just contradicked myself i couldnt help myself…i have more but puttin dem on hear wuld make me luk stoopider!

[...] The offense moved as fast as I’ve seen it, which was the subject of this morning’s blog. One of the reasons was there wasn’t a lot of substitutions. The coaches worked on leaving (mostly) the same people on the field on offense, lining up, getting the play, and going. [...]

shocked

August 9th, 2012
12:14 pm

7 Teams ran more than 80 plays per game last year:

1 Texas Tech (ranked 119th in points allowed)
2 Oklahoma (ranked 29th in points allowed)
3 Nevada (ranked 47th in points allowed)
4 Baylor (ranked 115th in points allowed)
5 Texas A&M (ranked 64th in points allowed)
6 LA Monroe (ranked 60th in points allowed)
7 Iowa State (ranked 78th in points allowed)

By comparison again Alabama and LSU were number 1 and number 2…Number 3 was Temple (historically a terrible team) and they started playing defense last year and finished with 8 wins and 4 loses.

I know this is only your second year of football ball but the objective is to have more points at the end of the game than your opponent…Statistics are for LOSERS.

Shocked Stupid

August 9th, 2012
12:28 pm

I am duh one who brought up stertistics and jus sayed dey r 4 losers…silly me! all u haf 2 doo is look at da 8th post by me to see how dumb i is!

Panther

August 9th, 2012
1:49 pm

Oh my god I love this thread

GStateBen

August 9th, 2012
5:05 pm

LSU and Alabama have 70% of their starting defenses will be drafted in the NFL from the 2011 teams.

You want tomplay quickly in the first, second and third quarter to gain a lead and then pound the ball with a deep backfield.

GStateBen

August 9th, 2012
5:05 pm

Rick

August 9th, 2012
8:45 pm

Why does shocked stupid write like the Chick Fil A cows?