Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo met with reporters this morning for about a half hour before the start of preseason practices next week.
Here is some of what he had to say:
–On offseason approach leading to attrition: “Since we got back from the bowl game, Coach (Mark) Richt has made it very clear that we’re going to work. …We’ve made it extremely tough around here.” After a 6-7 record, Bobo said there’s been a refocus on `finishing the drill.’ “When you turn up the heat, sometimes you are going to have guys that don’t want to be part of it,” Bobo said.
–On concern on offense heading into preseason: “I look it as more as there are opportunities. Obviously the productivity in yards. You’re losing the top two rushers and the top two receivers. We’ve got to find guys that can make plays.” Bobo added: “We’ve got a chance to be even more productive at the skill positions.”
–On working with the players remaining: “We’ve got to play to the advantage of the guys that we have playing. We can learn from last year not having A.J. Green for the first four games. I probably didn’t play to my other guys’ strength too well because I didn’t give them enough credit.”
–On the lack of depth on the offensive line: “We’re not very deep, but you only need five. We played in 02 with only five linemen. One other year we played six. I feel good about the three seniors we have. I feel good about Chris Burnette and Kolton Houston. He said that he understands that Dallas Lee “is doing 100 times better,” after asthma-like issues in the spring.
–Branden Smith seems like the only defensive back that will work extensively on offense.
“I think we’ve just got to get in practice and see where we’re at,” Bobo said. “There are certain guys that we signed that can play both ways offense and defense. We’ve just got to evaluate those guys and see where they can fit.”
Nick Marshall and Damian Swann are among players that are options to work in on offense. “It’s tough to do that just with practice time, the 20 hour rule,” Bobo said. “You can’t expect a guy to come in and be both early on. You may give them one or two things early on.”
–Bobo said that he hopes that sports information director Claude Felton will keep star freshman tailback Isaiah Crowell off limits to the media “for a while so he can focus on playing football.” He wants Crowell to “Be yourself, don’t try to change anything about fit in here, fit in there. You play hard, you show up for work. That’s the main thing.”
–On Crowell: “He might be the guy that comes in and really helps. It …We’ve got to go out every day . Day one, is he going to be what we want? No. … What percentage he’s going to contribute? That’s yet to be seen.”
–Bobo said that he watched every touch that Richard Samuel got as a tailback in 2008 and 2009. “The guy ran hard and physical,” he said. The problem is he followed Knowshon Moreno, Bobo said, so the bar was set high. “I wouldn’t be surprised if the guy has a big year,” he said. “Good things happen for guys that work hard. The guy’s 240 pounds right now and can still run. Guys don’t want to hit guys over and over.”
–The freshman receivers are pegged to line up this way: Split end: Malcolm Mitchell, Sanford Seay. Flanker-Chris Conley, Justin Scott-Wesley –Freshman tight end Jay Rome could be a hybrid-type like Bruce Figgins and work some as a fullback in some offensive sets.
–More on the impact of Joe Tereshinski’s strength and conditioning program: “Those guys have been through a tough regiment. I know that they feel and believe that they’ve had to fight and push to get through. That can only help.”
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