ATHENS — Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said his biggest regret from the South Carolina game was getting away from feeding the ball to Todd Gurley and fellow tailbacks Keith Marshall and Ken Malcome.
“We’ve got to stay more committed to the run,” Bobo said Tuesday. “Even though we’re down 21-0, there was still a lot of time left in the ballgame and that’s what has made us successful, the balance. If you become one-dimensional against a team like that you’re asking for trouble.”
The Bulldogs ran for just 115 yards on 36 carries against the Gamecocks. They managed only 224 yards overall.
“Basically we learned as an offense that we can be stopped,” Gurley said. “But we’re just going to come together as a team and work on everything. We didn’t blame anybody, the line or the backs or anybody. So we’re just doing what we need to do to fix things.”
Gurley is currently leading the Bulldogs and is fourth in the SEC with a 95.8 yards per game average. Gurley has also accounted for 10 touchdowns, including a 100-yard kickoff return. Along with Marshall’s 77.5 yards per game, that has helped Georgia mount the third-best rushing attack in the league at 226.5 yards per game.
“I’m very impressed with what they’ve been able to do the first half of this season and these last two weeks haven’t been any different,” Bobo said. “I’ve seen a step up in their game and I’ve seen a step up in their leadership and how they practice.”
Georgia’s current ball-carriers are out-pacing former Georgia tailback Isaiah Crowell, who was dismissed by the Bulldogs after his weapons arrest this summer. Now at Alabama State, Crowell has gained 555 yards rushing (a 5.7 per carry average) and has run for 10 touchdowns through seven games. That’s 79.3 yards per game. He averaged 70.8 yards (850 yards total) and scored five TDs at Georgia last year.
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