Mike Bobo’s coaching style hasn’t changed in the seven years he’s served as Georgia’s offensive coordinator. The Thomasville native doesn’t believe change equates to success.
Bobo stressed that point to reporters prior to a UGA Day event held Wednesday night at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center, in which Bobo was a special guest.
“I still coach the same way, still recruit the same way, still go about my business the same way, how we prepare. There’s stuff we do different every year, as far as scheme wise and stuff like that, but I think you’ve got to believe in what you believe in,” Bobo said. “I think guys that are successful in this business have a plan in what they believe in and stick with it. Kids know that you believe in it and they buy in and believe. That’s when you can have success.”
Georgia was very successful in 2013. Despite a plethora of injuries that sidelined wide receivers Justin Scott-Wesley and Malcolm Mitchell, and running backs Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall, the Bulldogs still set school records for points per game (38) and yards per game (489). Much of that credit was due to quarterback Aaron Murray, a four-year starter who was selected in the NFL Draft last weekend by the Kansas City Chiefs in the fifth round.
If the Bulldogs are to duplicate that success in 2014,Georgia will look to red-shirt senior Hutson Mason. Mason played in five games last year but had to start the final two against Georgia Tech and Nebraska in the Gator Bowl following Murray’s season-ending injury against Kentucky. Mason guided Georgia to a thrilling 41-34 victory over Tech with 299 passing yards and two touchdowns.
Much like Bobo’s collegiate career at Georgia when he followed legendary signal-caller Erik Zeier, Mason must do the same following in Murray’s footsteps. Bobo’s advice to Mason is to not try to be Aaron Murray but to be himself. Message received.