Bulldogs study up in search of clues to Buffalo’s defense

Georgia is looking at a lot more game film than just Buffalo to get a handle on what it might see from the Bulls’ 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’s defensive coordinator.

“It makes it a pain in the butt for us, but we’re getting it done for sure,” 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’s 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’s 28-27 win over LSU in 1998, when Tepper was the Tigers’ defensive coordinator.

“Quincy Carter was on fire that night,” Bobo said of a game in which Carter threw for 218 yards and rushed for 41. “I’m telling you, they couldn’t even touch him.”

Buffalo went 3-9 last season, but Bobo said he’s watching footage from way back “to try to get a base of any consistencies of the places he’s coordinated. There might be one or two blitzes that you’re not going to rep tremendously but you might mention to your quarterback to say, ‘Hey, we might get this.’”

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’s 3-4.

“I’ll be honest with you, we’re not 100 percent sure what they’re going to do,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said. “We’ve kind of studied the places he’s been and it’s not like everywhere he’s been, it’s been this type of defense. There’s been a few different styles and a few different looks.”

Tepper coached consecutive Butkus Award winners in Dana Howard and Kevin Hardy in 1994-95 at Illinois.

He turns 67 next week.

“I liked the fact that he’s been a head football coach,” Buffalo coach Jeff Quinn told reporters this week. “He’s coached at the highest level. He’s sat in my chair before.”

Richt was asked if he would still have the passion to coach if he was nearing 70.

“I think if you’re the coordinator, you have to be,” Richt said. “You don’t have a choice or you got to go. I wouldn’t count it out.”