This could get interesting.
When asked Thursday at SEC Media Days about the prospect of using one of his two true freshman quarterbacks, Aaron Murray and Zach Mettenberger, this season, Mark Richt first noted that redshirt-freshman Logan Gray, currently Joe Cox’s backup at QB, is in the mix, too. “When it comes to the true freshmen,” Richt said, “if I feel one is the true second team quarterback, we will play him, get him as much experience as we can. If Logan Gray is our number two guy, we may choose to redshirt both of those true freshmen.”
Then came the intriguing part. “If Logan Gray is not the number two quarterback, we may still have a package for him separate from our overall package just because he is athletic enough to do those kind of things that people do in the ‘wildcat,’ whatever you want to call it. So you got a wildcat who can actually throw and understand the entire system. That’s not a bad thing. We’ll just see how these guys develop.”
Already last spring, Richt had said, “We also think Logan is athlete enough to play a little bit of receiver, too, so that’s a possibility.” And offensive coordinator Mike Bobo also said the Dogs were putting together a package of plays utilizing Gray, who is more of a running threat than Joe Cox, at something other than quarterback.
Essentially, it’s a package of plays using an unbalanced line in which the quarterback lines up as a flanker or receiver (or can even sit out the play) and a halfback/tailback takes the direct snap and then can either hand off to another back in motion, run it himself or throw it. There’s a lot of fakery involved and it can be tough to defend if it’s executed properly. It’s so old — this is what Frank Sinkwich and Charley Trippi ran under Wally Butts in the 1940s — that it’s new again.
Nutt has generally used a tailback to receive the snap (Darren McFadden had great success with the WildHog formation), but think of the possibilities of having two quarterbacks in the game at the same time!
What do you think, should the WildDawg be a regular part of Georgia’s offense this year or should it be reserved for special occasions as a bit of trickery? Feel free to comment, vote in the poll or do both.