Hutson Mason hasn’t needed to throw the ball down field. That’s just fine with head coach Mark Richt. The Bulldogs have a loaded backfield who can carry the offense with no problem.
Through three games, Heisman candidate Todd Gurley has 402 yards and three touchdowns. Moving forward, Richt knows that the Dawgs must live and die with the ground game.
“There’s a talented bunch of backs and we’re run blocking pretty darn good,” Richt said to reporters. “It’s not a bad way to play a ball game. It helps our play-action pass, and we like doing that, we always have.”
The Bulldogs have had eight different rushers through three games and have gained 912 yards and 12 touchdowns. Teams know Georgia is going to run the ball down teams’ throats, but Richt said if they needed to open up the offense a bit, they can.
“Like this last game,” Richt said, “we could’ve said, ‘Hey, let’s throw it 50 times a game and see what kind of success we can have.’ But we just felt like it was more important to basically take what they give us.
Tennessee head coach Butch Jones knows that the Vols are going to be challenged when it comes to stopping the run. The Vols have replaced every single starter from last season’s defensive line.
“I think there’s no secret, when you think of the University of Georgia, you think of their stable of running backs,” Tennessee coach Butch Jones said Monday. “And it is a stable. Very, very talented. Very physical.”
Tennessee will need to figure out a way to stop Todd Gurley and the two freshmen (Nick Chubb and Sony Michel) if it has any chance of beating Georgia. The two teams kickoff Saturday at noon.