Mike Bobo: Bulldogs need to get back to running football with Gurley, Marshall

Look for the Bulldogs to get back to basics in the running game with freshman tailbacks Todd Gurley (3) and Keith Marshall. (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

Look for the Bulldogs to get back to basics in the running game with freshman tailbacks Todd Gurley (3) and Keith Marshall. (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

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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Will Trane

October 17th, 2012
10:13 am

Now why has it taken this long into the season for Richt, Bobo, Friend, and McClendon to come to this conclusion.
Here is a clue for the “twinkie” coaches at UGA. The SEC is a LOS conference. If you want to be a champion in the SEC you must control the “line of scrimmage”. It has always been that way.
I complained about the sets in the first quarter against Carolina. Maybe Bobo and Friend this past week watched what LSU and Florida do…well, heck, even Vandy ran a few. Florida with Pease run unbalanced power with wing, unbalanced pro, duece [twin TEs], and tackle over. They create more gaps and running lanes on the LOS. It has been awhile since the Dawgs have this many solid running backs [fullbacks and tailbacks]. They even have more linemen than they think.

Create the lanes across the field, and put power blocking to the running gap. Plus do a better coaching on pad level and line splits

What Georgia fans need to understand it is more than “Gurshall” or any other childish label they want to get cute with for long runs….it is the freaking LOS. Do those drills Bobo and finish them!!!!

Kirk

October 17th, 2012
10:19 am

I’ve got a GREAT idea! Lets run it up the freaking middle every single time. Just because it doesn’t work the **FIRST** time doesn’t mean it’s going to fail every single time because the defense knows that its coming.

t rex

October 17th, 2012
10:25 am

running the ball is like starving the other team of scoring time—-you eat up the clock and score—-of course i am sure people 10 years old know this—UGA coaching is at an all time low———-its the money I think——–if they got paid on wins –thing s might be different.

ugab

October 17th, 2012
10:27 am

SC stunned the dawgs. Our defense is to overrated. DL are fat and lazy. DL are bein pushed around. Thats makes the safeties have to worry bout the run. Oh well.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

October 17th, 2012
10:30 am

Hey Bobo

This is what you do in every game against a top 20 team

Whats new…..

Dawg Tired

October 17th, 2012
10:35 am

I’m with Will on this one.

UGA Insider

October 17th, 2012
10:39 am

If you will pay attention UGA will run the same 5 or 7 plays the entire game. JJ in not playing Saturday night…. the team is down and Murray is struggling mentally.

Folks I’m not calling for the upset be be very careful… Joker is coaching for his life and UGA always struggles in Lex at night. USCe players thought UGA was fat and soft on defense which worries me as do the horrible UGA special team. Could you imagine this team with Cordelle Patterson? It’s too bad the kid CMR was depending on this year is wearing gaudy orange.

FarAway DawgFan

October 17th, 2012
10:49 am

with the expansion of the SEC are we now going to be ok with falling to 3rd or 4th in our division? It’s time to make a stand and it starts with a change after the USC game since it didn’t begin with it.

DawginLex

October 17th, 2012
10:50 am

If UK beats UGA Saturday, I will personally meet Mark Richt at the bus Saturday night and ask for him to resign.

Patrick Towles is the only hope UK has of scoring more than 7 points. He is not practicing. Whitlow and Newton can’t throw. If we stack the box and make them throw, it’s 3 and out every time.

49-7 UGA

ugab

October 17th, 2012
10:53 am

We didnt have any one that could contain shaw. What happens to the spped coach lol. Shaw outran all our players on d

NHS DAWG

October 17th, 2012
11:07 am

Ya think? Duh

joe jenkins

October 17th, 2012
11:07 am

I thought we had the players on a healthy eating plan with protein and good carbs…seems like the DL is eating nothing but pizza….jenkins geathers and abry jones all look alot fatter than last year….i think kentucky might get the upset….richt has a generous history of letting coaches on the hot seat beat us…

old dog

October 17th, 2012
11:10 am

Guess what? YOU HAVE TO BLOCK for that to happen! We have only blocked the poorer teams…..yeah we looked good. We do not have the line to run on good teams…………if we addressed the o-line we would have a million rushing yards! We get slapped silly up front by good teams!

Burdell

October 17th, 2012
11:10 am

Bobo needs a math lesson.

36 rush attempts….31 pass attempts. That is balanced…not one-dimensional.

joe jenkins

October 17th, 2012
11:10 am

I agree dog in lex…..richt should have resigned after the sc blow out

ugab

October 17th, 2012
11:13 am

Same ole crap every season

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

October 17th, 2012
11:18 am

DawginLex

Be a man and do that if he loses to FL

Jim

October 17th, 2012
11:18 am

Against South Carolina Georgia did play Old Man Football. Coaches Richt, Bobo, and Grantham allowed the Alzheimers to surface and forget what got them to a 5-0 start and reverted to the game plans of years past. I’m afraid that Mitchel could be headed down the path of Richard Samuel and could wind up in his senior year still not locking down a position on the team. We have to be the only team who goes into the 6th game of the year still looking for the punt and kickoff returner. If it was only this year and we didn’t have anybody to return punts and kickoff that would be different. Coach Richt is a lot like Old Mother Hubbard because he has so much tallent he don’t know what to do. Although the South Carolina game is done and we can’t go back and change it Grantham should have gone to a 4-3 and put Jenkins and Geathers in the game together from the start. Bobo could have used two tight ends and put Richard Samuel in the backfield to protect Murray. Then again if a frog had wings he would not bump his butt either. We don’t need to overlook Kentucky but use this game to fine tune for Florida.

hornblowermg

October 17th, 2012
11:19 am

Kenny Malcolm is a pretty tough runner, isn’t he? who coaches Texas Tech, and what is their record this year with average talent?

ugab

October 17th, 2012
11:19 am

If everyone wants cmr to resign, then he needs to lose a few more times this season. Fl willwip the dogs

UGASlobberknocker

October 17th, 2012
11:23 am

No spit, Sherlock Bobo, With Tenn and SC combining for almost 150 offensive plays against Ga, do you think maybe a little ball control might be in order? Especially since on pass plays Murray either goes down or spits the ball up the first time he is touched.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

October 17th, 2012
11:27 am

Now Now everyone

Lets not bother the $5 Million a yr coaching staff with questions about the SC game

Remember

This coaching staff knows what they are doing

shamydog

October 17th, 2012
11:30 am

WT, you make a very cogent argument but we all assume we are dealing with a reality based coaching staff; unfortunately that’s not the case at UGA. Big game after big game we see the mistakes they make and instead of correcting them during the game or at least learning from the mistakes, our coaches come out with bizarre statements, the Bobo reference to practicing with too much simulated crowd noise and particularly Richt;s incredulous statement that maybe he helped Gates out too much with Clowney by adding tight end or running back . Really? Was he actually at the game? I recall maybe 8 or 9 plays where a tight end was lined up on or just outside Clowney.

As to the comments that we should have run more they are right but find some plays that work. The longest gain that the dogs had running was the 1st play from scrimmage, an outside pitch to Gurley for 13 yards. Guess what, never ran the play again!

It took 4 years for Bobo/Richt to de emphasize the sprint draw as their primary running play but after early season success with a diversity of running plays they now seem to rely on the short field counter as there go to play. It’s predictable when they use it and Carolina exploited that predictability.

When your coaching staff is living in a fantasy land of woulda’s and shoulda’s that becomes a recipe for mediocrity. Not to mention the the hiccups recruiting this year like embarrassing a 4 star recruit who publicly commits to your school, losing the #1 running back, wide receiver, offensive lineman, defensive lineman, linebacker, and defensive back in the state to mostly rival school when you have 35 available scholarships. That is inexcusable.

If McGarity wants to win a NC a UGA here’s the recipe: Go over Rcht’s head and hire former Alabama and LSU offensive and defensive linemen to teach our lines how to block and tackle. Put real coaches in the coordinators positions and let them do the job. And finally hire a special teams coach.

Richt quote

We did a couple of things differently in the game because of the edge pass rushers,” Richt said of a Gamecocks’ team that has defensive ends Jadeveon Clowney and Devin Taylor. “You’re wanting to help your tackles out. So we did things a little bit differently in pass protection, too, whether it was a back helping or a tight end helping. We may have spent too much time and scheme on that where we should have just maybe done what we’ve been doing all year long and realizing that they may win once or twice but we’re also going to win our share, too. And just running the ball between the tackles. I thought we probably should have stayed with that a little bit more than we did.”

Please shelve the end-around to Mitchell

October 17th, 2012
11:31 am

For the second time in two games, Bobo killed a good drive with by calling that stupid end-around to Mitchell. It has been run twice for minus a million yards, and has killed two good drives. Time to realize that we actually do have two talented backs (especially Gurly), and our inexperienced O-linemen are physically gifted enough to be great run-blockers (pass-blocking is different, because it requires brains and experience in addition to size and strength). End-around plays are what you run when you can’t do anything else right. I also fear that Bobo won’t be able to resist the temptation of throwing a million times against UK’s true-freshman DBs, and it could get dangerous. We’ve shown that we panic when bad things happen early. A pick-six early might cause us to soil our collective shorts again, and it could be a disastrous night. (Not in the sense of losing the game, which really is close to impossible, but in the sense of having to play a full 60-minute fight with our starters, so that they’re hurt or worn-out for Florida). I say we don’t throw a pass until we’re up 21-0. No need to tip our hand for Florida anyway. Let Ken Malcome run off-tackle the entire second half, after it’s 49-0. Be smart. For a change. History has shown that it’s not enough just to be talented.

UGASlobberknocker

October 17th, 2012
11:31 am

If we are going to beat Fla, we better have a new plan on D. Normally,we get dinked to death underneath against the Gators. Herrera can tackle great but cant cover me. something has to change there or the Gators will eat us up. Same thing with Williams, he’ll pop you but cant cover anybody. .Rambo is always there to make the tackle, please can he show up three steps sooner and maybe break up the pass? John Jenkins is going to turn up on the side of a milk carton soon.

Mainly, we just need to live up to our press clippings and we will be fine.

MurfDawg

October 17th, 2012
11:33 am

How many people think a 10-2 season with losses to USC and fl would be a terrible season?

LakeDawg

October 17th, 2012
11:34 am

“We’ve got to stay more committed to the run,” Bobo said.

DUH! Geez I’m glad he figured that out(sarcasm)

Mike Bozo

October 17th, 2012
11:35 am

If you are going to run, don’t put the back behind the QB in shotgun only when you are going to run draws. I know Murray is small, but the play-action game out of the I is all but gone from the playbook. Run out of the I (look how well LSU did against USCe with it) and when the pass rush gets to Murray rather than still trying to throw 15+ yards downfield run a screen to Marshall or a bubble screen that gets linemen out rather than that shitty throw it all the way to the sideline and let one WR block for another play that is either going to get TK killed or allow a walk-in pick 6 eventually.

LES MILES

October 17th, 2012
11:36 am

Funny he realizes that after LSU ran ran ran ran ran ran ran and finally tired down a superior defense that they begin to move the ball at will. RUN RUN RUN Wear them down.

Columbus Dawg

October 17th, 2012
11:37 am

Every Dawg I know is absolutely fed up with the inept coaching staff at Georgia. The biggest complaint I have heard is “If they had played a hard fought game and lost, we could just say the best team won tonight”, sadly that was just not the case. The Georgia Bulldogs of recent years have been man handled by just about every good team they have played. I remember Erk Russell saying “Win, lose or draw, you had better buckle that chin strap when you come to play Georgia”. Georgia is NOT looked at this way by the stronger teams in the college football world any more. The football program in Athens has become an embarrassment, UGA deserves better.

ugab

October 17th, 2012
11:37 am

I agree needed samuel to blok against SC

Bahits dot com

October 17th, 2012
11:38 am

Bobo didn’t use the edge enough and Murray was doing something that was allowing SC to jump the count according to Clowney… if he was telling the truth.

You mean 10-3?

October 17th, 2012
11:40 am

Don’t forget the uninspired loss to a middling Big-Ten team in the bowl game. Yes, losing to SC and FL would equal a bad season. Everyone else on the schedule is terrible. Auburn is as bad as they’ve been in a long time. It’s already bad enough that the best we can do is back our way into the SECC game again. Even so, going to the SECC game 11-1 and beating Bama would put us in the NC game. (I realize how ridiculous that last sentence was).

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

October 17th, 2012
11:43 am

“I remember Erk Russell saying “Win, lose or draw, you had better buckle that chin strap when you come to play Georgia”

Well guess what??

Now everyone says put in our 3rd string against UGA they are a pushover; we better save our 1st and 2nd team against tougher SEC opponents

LakeDawg

October 17th, 2012
11:45 am

I remember Erk Russell saying “Win, lose or draw, you had better buckle that chin strap when you come to play Georgia”. Georgia is NOT looked at this way by the stronger teams in the college football world any more. The football program in Athens has become an embarrassment, UGA deserves better.

BINGO

Student Athlete

October 17th, 2012
11:47 am

Georgia 52 Kentucky 49 on a late Kentucky turnover.

Dawg Dawg Dawg

October 17th, 2012
11:47 am

It’s amazing how smart these coaches are AFTER reviewing tape.

ugab

October 17th, 2012
11:52 am

Spurrier knew cmr has got issues. He exposed a weak defense. Like he said ga wasnt goin to score 21 points on there d. I cam see gettn outplayd. But the d is lost. Blown coverags poor tackln.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

October 17th, 2012
11:56 am

Its also amazing how smart they are supposedly buying a FORD truck even though gas prices are so high

but hey high gas prices dont matter to a TOP 10 salaried coaching staff

bad moon

October 17th, 2012
12:02 pm

Let Crowell go !!! Nobody cares what he’s doing at ALA ST. Good riddance , Lets move on he’s gone. Thank goodness

Now how do we win against UF in Jax? That’s what we need to be talking about. Not the past.

CA UGA

October 17th, 2012
12:04 pm

How much longer do we have to suffer the “coaching” of Bobo??? He is never considered for any other coaching job and I am sure all the other SEC coaches are happy that he is a favorite of CMR……which if true will eventually cost CMR his job. CMR……..do us all a favor including yourself…….try a new coach on offense!!!! How much more talent are we going to waste and how many times do we have to lose to ranked teams for you to see the need???

Irate Dawg

October 17th, 2012
12:04 pm

Bobo is clueless. Can someone in the media please have the courage to ask Coach Grantham how we managed to look as if we had never seen Shaw and the zone read option? Our coaching in the SC game stunk on all levels and it is no wonder the coaches are anxious to take no more SC questions. Still, when you earn over a half million bucks a year and play on national TV people do tend to notice these troublesome little details.

prpldawg

October 17th, 2012
12:05 pm

WILL TRANE- Be careful. Too much logic and insight might overtax the Dawg brain trust.
Someone else stated- before the LSU game- run at Clowney-negates his quickness. can double him. What ? double him? You mean with 200 # freshman rb?

We did not block him on some dives up middle- guess who tackled the runner. S
Slow developing plays did not work- and do not unless you have superior manpower.
Maybe we should notice our TE- 6-8 and 6-5- ehrn sat gosal linre snf they are covered by 6-0 dbs
Maybe we should mix plays up so I cannot gues each play on the goal line before it happened
Maybe we roll QB out so he can see

Of course they know what is best.

DUH. DUH .DUH.

UGA = Yawn

October 17th, 2012
12:08 pm

Hard to do that when you get down 21-0 early in the game. Down that much and early, most teams would throw moreso than run.

prpldawg

October 17th, 2012
12:15 pm

WE ARE ALSO TOO SLOW ON BOTH LINES. sOMEONE NAMED MCDAWG HAS OFTEN BLOGGED IN ATHENS ABOUT OUJR SLOWNESS.

Against Clowney our LT should have been given a checkered flag for all we did with him.

Columbus Dawg

October 17th, 2012
12:17 pm

MurfDawg, The problem with folks like you is you can’t see the forest for the trees. The defensive players who stated that they came back to”DO something special”, have been largely a bust on and off the field. Personally, I could care less how much money these players are going to get in NFL. What me and the Georgia faithful I know want from UGA football players is effort, and non embarrassment to the university. Oh, and not to get embarrassed every time they play a decent team. To answer your question, Georgia was ranked #5 in both polls going into the game in Columbia, but I bet I could find a heck of a lot more than five NCAA football teams that would have done better against SC than Georgia did. All of you Richt apologists come off as folks that know NOTHING about college football. The coaches in Athens are in way over their heads. I have tried to remain positive, and to support the current staff, but no longer. One thing is for sure, the Bulldog Nation will remain very divided on this until something is done about it. Yes, MurfDawg, losses to SC, especially in the fashion that transpired in Columbia, and a loss to Florida in a year where UGA desperately needs two in a row on UF to get back a smidgeon of respect on what many UGA supporters call a ‘lost series”, would be a terrible season. I can not help it, I will keep it up until Richt is replaced. First of all, it is beyond me how they can say their goals are still in tact. UGA had a chance to regain some respect nationally with a win over SC. Even a close loss would not have set the team back in that regard in the college football world, but what the team portrayed on the football field in Columbia was just reassurance that the disrespect from pundits was justified. I think the Florida-SC game is going to be a war just like LSU-SC was, and I do not believe that Georgia is in the same category with these teams. I hate to see the powers that be in Athens make the same mistakes they did when Goff was there, and let Georgia sink to rock bottom before making the needed change. A good coaching hire would rather come to a program that has not been run in the ground before admitting that a change needs to be made. The University of Georgia is not about one man, no matter who it is. The worthless excuses , and the “I don’t want to talk about how I got my butt handed to me on national TV” crap from Richt made me sick to my stomach. It is time for Fran Tarkington and the like to start in on Richt again.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

October 17th, 2012
12:20 pm

I thought Bobo was a hot coach in waiting????????

What happened to those posters; havent heard from you in a long time

ugab

October 17th, 2012
12:30 pm

Where is the fire and intensity?

The Truth

October 17th, 2012
12:32 pm

Bobo is as useless as tits on a bull.

The Truth

October 17th, 2012
12:33 pm

GATA Columbus Dawg!