Georgia is looking at a lot more game film than just Buffalo to get a handle on what it might see from the Bulls‚Äô defense on Saturday.
Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo watched old footage of LSU this week while quarterback Aaron Murray was studying cut-ups of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, an NCAA Division II program.
The reason? To get a read on what veteran coach Lou Tepper might come up with in his first game as Buffalo‚Äôs defensive coordinator.
‚ÄúIt makes it a pain in the butt for us, but we‚Äôre getting it done for sure,‚Äù Murray said.
Tepper has been out of coaching since his last season as head coach at IUP in 2010. He replaced William Inge, who became assistant defensive line coach for the NFL‚Äôs Buffalo Bills.
Tepper is 101-75-2 overall as a head coach, including time at Illinois (1991-96), Edinboro (2000-2005) and IUP (2006-10)
Bobo was late to meet with reporters on Tuesday night because he said he was watching film of Georgia‚Äôs 28-27 win over LSU in 1998, when Tepper was the Tigers‚Äô defensive coordinator.
‚ÄúQuincy Carter was on fire that night,‚Äù Bobo said of a game in which Carter threw for 218 yards and rushed for 41. ‚ÄúI‚Äôm telling you, they couldn‚Äôt even touch him.‚Äù
Buffalo went 3-9 last season, but Bobo said he‚Äôs watching footage from way back ‚Äúto try to get a base of any consistencies of the places he‚Äôs coordinated. There might be one or two blitzes that you‚Äôre not going to rep tremendously but you might mention to your quarterback to say, ‚ÄòHey, we might get this.‚Äô‚Äù
Tepper was defensive coordinator at LSU from 1997-99.
Bobo said Tepper has used both 3-4 and 4-3 looks, but Murray said he sees some similarities with Georgia‚Äôs 3-4.
‚ÄúI‚Äôll be honest with you, we‚Äôre not 100 percent sure what they‚Äôre going to do,‚Äù Georgia coach Mark Richt said. ‚ÄúWe‚Äôve kind of studied the places he‚Äôs been and it‚Äôs not like everywhere he‚Äôs been, it‚Äôs been this type of defense. There‚Äôs been a few different styles and a few different looks.‚Äù
Tepper coached consecutive Butkus Award winners in Dana Howard and Kevin Hardy in 1994-95 at Illinois.
He turns 67 next week.
‚ÄúI liked the fact that he‚Äôs been a head football coach,‚Äù Buffalo coach Jeff Quinn told reporters this week. ‚ÄúHe‚Äôs coached at the highest level. He‚Äôs sat in my chair before.‚Äù
Richt was asked if he would still have the passion to coach if he was nearing 70.
‚ÄúI think if you‚Äôre the coordinator, you have to be,‚Äù Richt said. ‚ÄúYou don‚Äôt have a choice or you got to go. I wouldn‚Äôt count it out.‚Äù