GAMEDAY: Georgia Virtual Playbook

In our popular virtual playbook, this time we dissect what Georgia's offense and defense will be throwing at the Gators on the field in Jacksonville in what is a very important game for both teams. Take a look at the play diagrams and get a visual idea of what to expect.

The Georgia Offense

The Passing Game

Georgia does little to no bootleg or sprint out passing. The pocket is usually still. This is a welcome sight for the Gator defense as they have had the most trouble with a moving pocket. Greene and company focus on straight drop backs and play action to get the job done through the air. Greens is very good at play action.

Here we see a play action fake to the tailback in a two back set. The backs will stay in and block if blitz is coming otherwise they run flat routes. One of the three receiver routes they like to run is the post and corner combo on the left side of the formation. They want to get the safety and cornerback covering on the play confused.

We call this the "blast pass." If the Gators get caught in a Cover 2 zone defense, the safeties have to account for the receivers running the mid to deep pass routes. In this case, the inside receivers run short corners drawing the safeties away from the middle of the field and to the sideline. Being in a zone, the back runs a "Go" route straight up the middle of the field where there is no safety help and the linebackers are only accountable for the short middle of the field. The Dogs burned the Gators for a touchdown on this play in 2002.

The Running Game

The Bulldogs don't do a lot of long pulling. Their linemen are not fleet of foot and not very good in open space. They run a lot of zone runs and smash runs up the gut.

Here we see an "Iso" play with a lead back. In the blocking up front, the center and left guard double up on the nose guard (N). The blocking illustrates that when the center gets control of the nose guard the left guard brushes off and moves to block a secondary defender (in ths case the MIke linebacker (M)). The fullback leads the tailback through the hole to the left of the left guard and pushes through to the will (W) linebacker. The tailback reads that block and runs on either side of the block and into the secondary. In this play the Gator linebackers have to maintain gaps and pinch the blocks down so that the holes the backs are running through are smaller.

The Dogs also run a guard pulling zone stretch play. Here we see the linemen all flowing in the zone path. The fullback and the playside guard are a double lead on the edge of the line.

Georgia Defense

The defensive coverage scheme the Bulldogs run the most is a base Cover 2. The linebackers have the short middle field and the corners have the short to medium outs. The open spaces are in the deep corners and the middle of the field if the safeties are seperated enough.

There are a variety of defenses that the Bulldogs run that have the ame pre-snap look. Here we see a Cover 1 with the free safety taking the deep middle of the field and the weak side linebacker covering the middle of the field short to medium. All other backers and defensive backs would play man coverage on the five eligible receivers. From this same pre-snap look, they could drop the corners straight back and blitz a linebacker or two in a Cover 3 zone blitz. They could also drop the corners and the linebackers in a straight Cover 3 zone taking more of the field away and applying less pressure.

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