Thanks to a link via Get the Picture, I checked out a report in the Union-Recorder in Milledgevile on Mark Richt’s appearance last week at the Lake Country Bulldog Club meeting at Rock Eagle, and a couple of his comments provide a clearer focus on where the Dogs stand with a couple of positions.
Talking about the secondary, Richt said, “Prince Miller will start at the wide corner. Usually, he’ll get matched up with the better receivers because teams usually put their best receivers on the wide side of the field. Brandon Boykin is slated to start at the boundary position. And we’ll also have Makiri Pugh, Vance Cuff and Sanders Commings. I’ll bet we’ll have three cornerbacks in a game over 50 percent of our season — because how teams spread things out.”
In other words, don’t look for true freshman Branden Smith to be starting any time soon. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him get in for a few plays at receiver long before he’s a regular in the secondary.
Richt also talked about the tight end position, where junior Bruce Figgins is suspended for the first six games and it appears much more likely we’ll see a true freshman playing early on. The coach said Orson Charles “will certainly play tight end — there’s no doubt about that. … I’d have to say that [redshirt sophomore] Aron White is our leading candidate to start right now, and [redshirt freshman] Bryce Ross and the two true freshmen [Charles and Arthur Lynch] will battle it out. I can say that, from the reports I’m getting from some of our veteran players, they really like Orson and Arthur Lynch. They think they both have a chance to play right away. We’re looking forward to the tight ends playing like Georgia tight ends again.”
That would certainly be great news for the Dogs’ offensive chances. There were quite a few times last season when having a healthy, productive tight end would have made a big difference in both blocking and receiving.
Speaking of Figgins, Richt also addressed the Dogs’ relatively quiet offseason this year in terms of disciplinary problems, giving credit to the team’s seniors who “decided that they wanted to have a disciplinary board. So if any guy got out of line in any way then those guys would get a chance to speak to them and apply some peer pressure. We want to have peer pressure to do things right as opposed to having peer pressure to do things wrong or silly.”
So far, so good.