Richt: Bobo Named Off Coordinator

ATHENS - Richt makes decision to name Bobo to succeed Neil Callaway as Offensive Coordinator

Bobo will succeed Neil Callaway who Sunday was named head coach at the University of Alabama Birmingham. Richt had turned over play-calling duties to Bobo in Georgia¹s last regular season game A native of Thomasville and former Georgia quarterback, Bobo is part of Richt¹s original staff that came in 2001.

A four-year letterman for the Bulldogs from 1994-97, Bobo finished his career leading the team in passing in both ¹96 and ¹97. He currently ranks high in the Georgia passing record books in several categories including season completion percentage (first, 65.0%, 1997); season passing efficiency rating (first, 155.80, 1997), career pass attempts (3rd, 755),career pass completions(3rd, 445),season passing yards (3rd, 2,751, 1997),career passing yards (3rd, 6,334), and career TD passes (2nd, 38).

Bobo also set a Georgia team record completing 19 consecutive passes leading the Bulldogs to a 33-6 victory over Wisconsin in the 1998 Outback Bowl. He completed 26 of 28 passes for 267 yards and one TD and wasnamed the game¹s Most Valuable Player. He was elected team captain in 1996 and ¹97 and the permanent team captain of the ¹97 Bulldogs.

Mark Richt (on naming Mike Bobo Offensive Coordinator):"I have enough peace in my mind right now to name Mike Bobo our offensive coordinator. He's kind of taken on that role since Coach Callaway has a lot to think about. Mike will be our coordinator and I'm real excited about it. He's definitely ready and I'm excited."

Mike Bobo "I'm excited and thrilled with the opportunity and thrilled that Coach Richt has the confidence in me to get the job done. I'm really going to lean heavily on the rest of the offensive staff and try to keep this thing going that Coach Richt has built over the last six years.

"I haven't really thought about this too much because we've got a big challenge in front of us in Virginia Tech and trying to get ready for the bowl game and a tough defense.

"Virginia Tech is very good on defense. I told Coach Richt not to judge me by this game because they're a very good defensive football team. We've got to have our best effort ready to go or it won't be a fun night.

"You have to organize more as coordinator, the meetings with coaches and making sure everyone's on the same page. We have a great group of guys on the offensive side of the football and we all feel comfortable working together. We have a good working relationship and I'm excitedabout it.

"My main job is really to coordinate meetings and practices but with the players my main job is to get Matthew Stafford ready to play because that's the position I coach and make sure he can execute the game plan."

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