September 25, 2009

Bobo says offense can still get better

After watching his offense score 41 and 52 points on successive weekends, one would think offensive coordinator Mike Bobo might take a moment - albeit a wee one - to appreciate his squad's recent success.

Not hardly.As the 21st-ranked Bulldogs put on the final touches for Saturday night's game against Arizona State (7 p.m., ESPNU), Bobo is still trying to come up with ways to ensure the offense keeps clicking along.

That includes cutting back on the amount of unforced errors, or penalties, which despite the Bulldogs' recent offensive success, have kept Georgia from putting even more points on the board.

"We just talk about being more disciplined and focus, the little things that can get you beat," Bobo said. "We've harped on that a little more this week, but at the same time, it was good to see that despite the penalties we didn't drop our head and were able to fight through and overcome some of those penalties."

Still, Bobo would just as soon not keep tempting fate.

Georgia ranks next-to-last in the SEC in penalties with 34 for 259 yards, numbers that belie some of the recent offensive highlights, including red zone proficiency which has Georgia a perfect 9-for-9 (five field goals, four touchdowns).

"Right now we're just trying to preach good habits," Bobo said. "We're trying to focus on the little things like making sure we have the snap counts, other little things like that which are just inexcusable."

But all is certainly not all doom and gloom.

Bobo is excited about the way redshirt freshman Tavarres King continues to improve.

King caught his first career touchdown pass on a 50-yard bomb from Joe Cox against the Razorbacks, taking advantage of Arkansas' decision to roll their coverage toward sophomore A.J. Green.

Of course, King wasn't the only one. Tight ends Orson Charles and Aron White also took advantage of the coverage to burn Arkansas for touchdowns, something Bobo hopes continues against Arizona State.

"They've got to keep doing that," Bobo said. "You watched the game, they were doubling No. 8 (Green) so other guys had to step up and make plays. Those guys (King, Charles, etc) are young but they came here to make plays and they're going to get the opportunity to make them."

Bobo hasn't ruled out freshman wideout Marlon Brown becoming part of the mix.

The former four-star performer has only taken a couple of snaps for the Bulldogs, but Bobo said the Memphis native is getting close to seeing more time.

"Marlon is starting to show some progress. Sometimes it happens at different speeds for different guys, how fast they pick things up and become acclimated to the system," Bobo said. "We're not at all disappointed in Marlon. Sometimes we put certain expectations based on what a ranking says, but Marlon has just as much potential as anybody on this team. It's just a matter of him learning and picking up what he's doing and doing what it takes to be successful."

As for backup quarterback Logan Gray, Bobo said he had hoped to get the redshirt sophomore more playing time, but with the way Cox has played, the opportunities simply have not presented themselves.

"Joe has really done a nice job the last two games and we haven't wanted to break his rhythm as far as what we're doing offensively," Bobo said. "On the flip side, Logan is getting more reps in practice than the normal No. 2 guy and that's helped him tremendously, although he does not have a lot of snaps."

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