Georgia football OC James Coley ‘spin on things’ includes more throws to backs
ATHENS — The Georgia football offense is evolving under the direction of first-year coordinator James Coley, and ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit believes it’s moving in a positive direction.
The Bulldogs have four practices left in the spring football session, including the annual G-Day scrimmage at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 20.
“I wouldn’t expect to see exactly the same offense,” Herbstreit told DawgNation, “but I do think you’ll still see an offense that has a chance to be very productive.
“I think a lot of it is trying to build some confidence in camp and try to hit the ground running.”
Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart indicated the offense has made some explosive plays at the defense’s expense this spring.
“I thought that the inconsistency showed up in being able to sustain drives and then explosive plays (against the) defense,” Smart said, recapping last Saturday’s scrimmage. “We gave up a couple of explosive (plays) ….”
The best offensive plays, Smart said, were passes to the tailbacks out of the backfield.
It’s a trend that seems to be emerging under Coley.
“It’s a part of who we are offensively, to have those running backs get those catches in the game out of the backfield is huge,” UGA quarterback Jake Fromm said. “We think that’s a matchup that goes in our favor. The more they catch out of the backfield, the better for our offense.”
Tailback D’Andre Swift, not surprisingly, agreed.
“(Coley) is getting us as running backs involved more in the pass game,” Swift said. “A lot of exotic stuff on offense that the world will have to look out for this season form the Georgia Bulldogs.”
The base run plays aren’t expected to change much, and Herbstreit sees that as a positive after Coley spent last season beside the departed Jim Chaney as Georgia’s co-offensive coordinator.
“I’ve known James for a long time in his years, especially down at Florida State in the ACC at Miami, great guy,” Herbstreit said. “I think the fact that there’s continuity from within always helps in any staff.
“But I think he’ll put his own spin on things.”