Offense Sputters in Spring Game for Georgia Bulldogs

Dale Zanine – USA TODAY Sports

The Georgia Bulldogs have their sights set on big things in 2013. They want to get over the hump and win the SEC title before ultimately going on to win the BCS National Championship. They figured to have a great shot at doing so thanks to the strength of their offense which returned every starter and several key backups for next season. But after a mediocre showing in the spring game, should Georgia worry about their big plans next fall?

They have every reason to be optimistic. They get everybody back, headlined by one of the top quarterbacks in college football in Aaron Murray to go along with an experienced offensive line, good depth at receiver and one of the most dynamic backfield duos in the country. The pieces all seem to be there to have one of the more prolific offenses in the SEC and in all of college football. But none of that seemed to materialize in Georgia’s spring game last Saturday.

Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo saw plenty of mistakes that he will coach off of next fall as he tries to iron out what went wrong in the scrimmage. The offense seemed disjointed and failed to really find much rhythm outside of a 75-yard touchdown drive before the half, though head coach Mark Richt still didn’t like some of the chances Murray took while scrambling on that drive. Most disappointing, however, was the running game as Bobo’s Red team ran for just 23 yards on 29 carries.

Georgia will have to do a better job running the ball when the games matter, particularly against the stout defensive fronts of the SEC. Bobo would like to see the offense call more running plays, as well, though he may not be able to if they don’t gain more than a yard per carry. Despite their struggles, Bobo isn’t worried about the unit pulling it together next fall, though. He plans to use this film to spur the Georgia offense when fall camp opens in August.

It was just one scrimmage, one down day in the first week of April, so don’t expect too many Georgia players to hit the panic button just yet. But for a team with national title aspirations after coming so close the last two years, the Bulldogs better hit the ground running when they come back from summer break or risk falling behind in the hyper-competitive SEC.

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