“It’s not that much different, but there are a couple of new dimensions,” Shockley said.
Such as? The most obvious difference will be Shockley’s mobility. The Bulldogs will call more plays that have him moving out of the pocket to throw and more plays that are designed quarterback runs. It won’t be the base look of the offense, though, D.J. Shockley said.
“That’s only maybe 25 percent of our offense which is on the run,” he said. “Most of the time, I’m in the pocket.”
Another wrinkle will involve tailback Thomas Brown, who said he expects to be split out as a wide receiver in some formations. That move will cause matchup problems for defenses and allow the Bulldogs to get more than one of their talented running backs on the field at the same time. Brown sometimes goes in motion from the tailback spot to line up as a wide receiver and sometimes starts the formation on the outside, he said.
“We’re going to get me out in space a little bit,” he said. “I like it a lot. The way we’re repping it in practice, it looks like you’re going to see it a good bit.”
Brown was a slot receiver as a freshman in high school and for half his sophomore season, he said. Last year, he caught 16 passes for 150 yards coming out of the backfield. In one scrimmage this fall, Brown caught passes for 70 and 30 yards, but Coach Mark Richt didn’t say if those passes were from a tailback alignment or a receiver alignment.
“I feel good about the things we’ve added,” Richt said.