Q&A: Mike Bobo discusses RB contingency plan


Following Tuesday's practice, Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo discussed what the Bulldogs will do at running back and on offense this weekend against New Mexico State, following the one-game suspensions of tailbacks Isaiah Crowell, Carlton Thomas and Ken Malcome and the injury to tailback Richard Samuel.

Here is some of what Bobo had to say to the gathered reporters:

On who they plan to play at tailback:

"We’re going to go with Kyle Karempelis and Brandon Harton and [Zander] Ogletree will fill in there and then we might have a couple of surprises. We’ve just got to figure out what we do best and work hard at it this week."

On what the offense does now:

"I think it’s an opportunity for a lot of guys to step up, it’s an opportunity for us to change some things up, maybe do some things different, figure out ways to move the ball. And other guys have got to step up and make plays. I feel confident in those two guys and Ogletree and the backs and the tight ends that we’ve got and receivers. There’s a number of things we can do offensively to move the ball."

On Brandon Harton:

"He’s done a good job all camp. He probably would have played some early if he didn’t have a bad sprained ankle before the first game. He was No. 3 actually behind Richard and Isaiah until he had a severely sprained ankle going into the first game. We were planning on playing him then and it just set him back for a few weeks and then he got behind, so I feel confident in him."

On Kyle Karempelis:

"Isn’t he the leading rusher in the state of Georgia? I’m looking forward to seeing him run on Saturday."

More on Karempelis:

"He showed lots of flashes in camp. He’s been on the scout team mostly, but today he got out there and ran behind those big boys and they did a good job opening up holes for him."

On whether they had to trash the offensive game plan because of the suspensions:

"There’s going to be certain things that we’re not going to be able to do and we’re going to have to figure out what our best personnel is and get them in the game and get them on the field and that’s what we’re in the process of doing right now."

On whether they'll throw a lot more now:

"We’re still going to have to do things that we do within our offense. These guys have been at the running back position all year and know what we’re doing, but there might be some things that we add to get guys the football."

On whether Brandon Boykin and Branden Smith might play more on offense this week:

"They could be a possibility, the two Brandons. Nick Marshall could be a possibility, Damian Swann could be a possibility. There’s a lot of guys out there that could be possibilities."