The Georgia football team‚Äôs injury list may not be as lengthy as it was last season, but eight of the nine players on it after Thursday‚Äôs practice came from the offense.
That‚Äôs contributed to the unit not playing up to the standard of offensive coordinator Mike Bobo.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôve had our ups and downs, but way too many downs this spring in my opinion,‚Äù Bobo said. ‚ÄúWe‚Äôve got to get a lot better in a lot of areas. We‚Äôve got a long way to go from what we‚Äôre going to do in the fall against Clemson because right now we‚Äôre struggling to execute.‚Äù
Georgia is missing wide receivers Malcolm Mitchell (leg, knee) and Justin Scott-Wesley (knee) and tight end Jay Rome (foot). Tailback Keith Marshall (knee) isn‚Äôt taking part in any contact work and offensive tackle Watts Dantzler (concussion) and tight end Jordan Davis (knee) were also out again Thursday.
‚ÄúYou‚Äôve got what you got,‚Äù Bobo said. ‚ÄúI know I seem probably a little frustrated but talking to our guys afterwards, `You can‚Äôt get frustrated. We‚Äôre rolling a lot of guys. Just keeping going through your progression, going through your reads and trust what you see. If they don‚Äôt make them or it doesn‚Äôt happen, you can‚Äôt get frustrated by it because I sense some frustration a little bit.’‚Äù
Reinforcements are coming this summer and Bobo said incoming freshmen at tailback, tight end, on the offensive line and even at receiver will be given every opportunity to play.
‚ÄúThere‚Äôs no question that we‚Äôre going to have to have freshmen play for us this year and play meaningful minutes,‚Äù Bobo said. ‚ÄúSome of them, possibly start. We‚Äôve got to get more competition on the field. Obviously getting Jay back at tight end will help but obviously at the tight end position, the receiver position at the running back position and the o-line, there‚Äôs not enough competition at those spots.‚Äù