The Wild Dawg

ATHENS - At most places it’s known as the “Wildcat.”

Since Georgia is running it, it’s the “Wild Dawg,” right?

“No, it’s a secret, I can’t tell you,” offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said. “You can call it whatever you want.”

Freshman Sony Michel ran out of it this season before his shoulder injury.

Now, it’s Todd Gurley.

“Obviously, we’re having to lean heavy on the run,” Bobo said. “It’s another way for us to find ways to run the football and keep guys off balance. You can’t really get in the I and run out of the I every time or get in a spread look and run it every time so we’re trying to get multiple ways that we can run the football and do things.”

Gurley completed his first college passing attempt for 50 yards out of the formation to freshman tight end Jeb Blazevich. He also scored on a 5-yard touchdown out of the set.

“No matter where he is you have to respect him when he has the ball in his hand,” Blazevich said. “I felt like that drew up the safety and of course the linebacker and I just kept running. It worked out all right.”

Quarterback Hutson Mason lined up wide when Gurley was in the wildcat or Wild Dawg.

He said the defensive back nearest to him “was pirating the run pretty hard. I don’t know if we’ll get coach Bobo to throw a pass to me or not.”

Wide receivers coach Tony Ball was asked if he’s worked with Mason on his ball-catching skills.

“Yeah, I tell him to get out of the way,” Ball said with a laugh.

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