Let’s face it, UGA fans would be a whole lot more worried about starting the season with a quarterback who’s never taken a snap in a college game if it weren’t for all the experience surrounding Aaron Murray on the offense. The line is the most veteran and battle-tested in the conference. The Dogs have the nation’s best wide receiver. The tight end corps is as talented and deep as anyone’s, and the running backs tandem ended last season looking really good.
And there’s one other old hand from whom Murray can draw, a guy who before he became top Dog was one of the best quarterback coaches in the country: Mark Richt.
Reading the various summaries of the second day of preseason practice for the Dogs, an item in The Red and Black’s roundup made me smile. It said that while offensive coordinator Mike Bobo worked with the freshman walk-on QBs Tuesday, it was Richt doing some hands-on coaching with Murray and true freshman Hutson Mason as they worked with the first- and second-team backs.
Richt, who gave up calling the offensive plays at the end of the 2006 season, had already said back in the spring that he was going to be more heavily involved in the offense this season, attending the team meetings and quarterback meetings — not because of any lack of confidence in Bobo, he said, but “because I do miss it” and “I want to add as much value as I can.”
And now we see that he’s actually out on the field coaching the quarterbacks as well.
Now, Bobo’s no chump when it comes to coaching QBs, as he’s shown in the past with David Greene and Matt Stafford. But I really like the idea of having Richt, who developed two Heisman Trophy winners at Florida State, taking a hand in getting Murray ready to play.
Are you as pleased with the idea of Mark Richt, quarterbacks coach, as I am?
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