Bobo wins award for top offensive coordinator

semerson@macon.comDecember 19, 2013 

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Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo, center, and the Bulldogs open the season Aug. 31 at Clemson.

BEAU CABELL — bcabell@macon.com

ATHENS - Mike Bobo's efforts in guiding an injury-riddled Georgia offense have been rewarded with some national recognition.

Bobo was named the best offensive coordinator in the nation this season by 247Sports.com.

Entering the bowl season, Georgia ranks 17th nationally in total offense, with 489.8 yards per game. That's fourth in the SEC, behind Texas A&M, Auburn and Missouri.

Georgia is also averaging 38.2 points per game, which ranks 20th in the nation and fifth in the SEC. That's almost entirely on offense, with Georgia getting just one defensive touchdown this year, and none on special teams.

The numbers are only slightly down from last year, when Georgia had everyone healthy for most of the year. But Bobo didn't agree that he had a better 2013 than 2012.

"The bottom line is winning ballgames, and 8-4 is not where we want to be," Bobo said. "We wanted to be playing in Atlanta and having a chance to play for the championship. You do feel good about how guys responded, and answered challenges when they came their way. ... But at the end of the day, year in and year out the No. 1 goal is to win the East and try to win the SEC championship. And when you don't do that there's a little bit of a letdown."

Bobo, who became the playcaller during the 2006 season, was once the target of heavy criticism from Georgia fans. But in the past two years he has been a finalist for the Broyles Award, which honors the nation's top assistant, won the 247Sports award, and the offense has put up huge numbers.

What's the main reason? Stability, according to Bobo.

"We've had a lot of consistency on this side of the ball," Bobo said, pointing to the fact that offensive line coach Will Friend, hired three years ago, is the most recent hire. "The same guys are coaching the same guys. You've got a fifth-year senior quarterback. I think 2011, we ended up playing pretty well in spots that year. But a large part of that team is still playing right now. So you've had some consistency in coaching and some consistency in players.

"And we're all gonna get better in time. The more things you experience as a coach, the better you're going to be, when you're put in different situations. And the same thing for a player."

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