September 27, 2011

No-huddle benefits?



When it comes to Georgia's no-huddle offense, quarterback Aaron Murray has no regrets.

Sure, he realizes that the Bulldogs must do a better job in regards to the red zone and putting more touchdowns on the board.

But from the standpoint of getting more plays and more offensive production, Murray said the numbers are there.

The statistics bear this out.

In four games, Murray estimates the Bulldogs are averaging "20-more plays" than they did a season ago, while the team's 1,754 total yards of offense is more yardage than Georgia accumulated during any four-game stretch in 2010.

"There really is a difference in the amount of plays," said Murray, who added Georgia averaged 'around' 60 to 70 plays last fall. "We're getting better and better at it. I think guys are in better shape. They understand what it feels like to go no-huddle for a full game, what they need to do in the middle of the week in order to prepare for it and we're seeing the benefits on the field.
"We're seeing more plays, more stats, more yards and more points on the board."

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Georgia has run 292 plays compared to 247 for its opponents, while the 1,754 total yards are considerably more than the 1,080 Bulldog foes have managed through the first four games.

"The more snaps you get the more chances you have to make plays, the more chances you have to get points on the board," Murray said. "That's basically what we're trying to do."

Now, if the Bulldogs can just take better advantage of their red zone opportunities.

Georgia has been inside its opponents' 20-yard line 15 times, but have come away with just 10 touchdowns, two field goals and left without any points three times.

Murray said having offensive coordinator Mike Bobo up in the press box as opposed to down on the field hasn't slowed down the process of getting in plays.

"The communication is fine. As soon as we get the play on the field, I'm looking over on the side and getting it in," Murray said. "He's (Bobo) really able to see what's going on from up there. I think it's (the no-huddle) working out well."

Waiting word on Owens, Houston

Head coach Mark Richt said he expected to have word later Monday regarding sophomore cornerback Derek Owens, who is rumored to be transferring.

Richt had no update on offensive lineman Kolton Houston, who has missed the first four games while he deals with an "NCAA-related issue."

""Nothing new to report on Kolton," he said. "On Derek, I hope to have some information by the end of the day to be able to address that."

Sanders to undergo surgery

Richt announced that freshman cornerback Chris Sanders will undergo shoulder surgery, but because he has played in only played in three games, is eligible for a medical redshirt.

The Bulldog coach also had updates on some of other of the team's wounded.

"(Damian) Swann, I would say right now is doubtful. Marlon, we are hopeful. Marlon (Brown) actually got a little work yesterday. Chris (Burnette), we are hopeful there too," Richt said. "We are not counting him out, we're more hopeful than a week ago. "

This and that

Richt said he and his coaches are spending extra time on special teams after last week's issues that continue to plague the team. "We're taking some extra time, meeting and field time, yesterday and today and maybe even Thursday, we'll do a little bit of that too. We just have to make sure we have the right people on it and we are doing things the way we need to be doing them." … Richt was asked if he thought the addition of Texas A&M would open up the state of Texas to SEC recruiters than in previous campaigns. "Definitely to the SEC in general, but I would think more so to the Western Division, because of the proximity of the teams on that side or that area of the country. But not to say it wouldn't help the Eastern Division teams to get into Texas too," he said. "We still like our state a lot. We have no complaints about the amount of talent based in our own state. There'll come a time when there will be some more efforts to get into Texas I'm sure."

Anthony Dasher is the managing editor for UGASports
and he can be reached via email at dash@ugasports.com.