Mark Richt knows a thing or two about coaching quarterbacks

Mark Richt instructs freshman quarterback Hutson Mason in practice. (Curtis Compton / AJC)

Mark Richt instructs freshman quarterback Hutson Mason in practice. (Curtis Compton / AJC)

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.

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Fellow Dogs .... don't use GT as the indicator

August 4th, 2010
4:38 pm

I am a Dog through and through. When we talk about our rushing game potentials, do not use Tech as the indicator. They could not stop anyone. Remember, they are only ACC small ball and Murphy Candler’s Pop Warner ball ( go mustangs ) is superior.

If we rush it well vs SC, we cannot even use that as the indicator, although they should give us a real picture on where we are, vs the GT game. If we run well vs every one of our opponents up to Florida, then I would think we do have some real upside potential.

I see that kid Carlton Thomas coming in and having some very positive impact on several games. He might be just a situation back ……… BUT with his speed, he could change a game in a hurry.

Go Dogs.

UGA Qbs have been great except for

August 4th, 2010
4:40 pm

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Dawg Stephen

August 4th, 2010
4:52 pm

Yes, I am thrilled to know he is more involved in the QB’s. VERY HAPPY about that.

Follow me on twitter: dawgstephen


August 4th, 2010
4:58 pm

Yes! I do not understand why he stopped!

Richt has to loose the “CEO” concept and stay with what brought him the success he experienced in the early days at UGA, running the offense!

The man is as good as there is at calling the O plays and reading the D.

Hopefully Grantham will provide him that opportunity just as Vangorder did in the early days.

Bremen Dawg

August 4th, 2010
5:01 pm

Yes, Richt needs to be involved with the QB’s. The more Richt and Bobo can work with them, the better they will be.


August 4th, 2010
5:10 pm

Beast of the East,

Indeed it is my hope and it is also my prediction. I do see it as truth. What’s pathetic is Florida fans clinging to the last 20 years as the only history of Florida football. You’ve had your time in the sun and if you think Georgia football won’t step up and surpass Florida’s, you are truly deluding yourself. Georgia stomped a mudhole in Florida’s @zz for 60 years. They returned the favor for neigh of 20 now.

It’s time Beast. You and your mullet jort wearing fans are in line for your abuse. You need not worry about Georgia football stepping up. Just sit back and enjoy the show as much as you can

Ted Striker

August 4th, 2010
5:32 pm

Bill — In a word, “Yes.”

anybody but GT

August 4th, 2010
5:33 pm

Yes, CMR does know a thing or two about coaching quarterbacks. He knows how to not give the back up any reps to help the back up prepare for next season. He knows how to ask the QB to make really tough, high percentage throws that result in incompletions that run no clock and put our sorry defense back on the field, This would be the same defense led by the DC that CMR hired and supported for far too many years. Offense really sucks. Other than that, what a coach! QB or other.

Montgomery Burns

August 4th, 2010
5:57 pm

Um, didn’t Richt have a role in coaching Joe Cox last year? Seems like an odd omission from this article if you’re going to throw out the 2 Heisman trophy winners that he coached over a decade ago.


August 4th, 2010
6:16 pm

Yes Bill, I am pleased to see Richt Coaching the QB position!


August 4th, 2010
6:23 pm

Yep, remember the best and omit the rest!!

Sven Ottke

August 4th, 2010
6:29 pm

And he knows a little about entertainment (yeah right). This is your student recruiting video. Outrageous. No wonder you are the #1 Party School!

Georgia even more.....has always sucked....will continue to suck

August 4th, 2010
6:39 pm

always will.

Beast from the East

August 4th, 2010
7:29 pm

We’re pathetic for “clinging to the last 20 years” but you’re not for clinging to the 60 years prior to that? Are you at least 80 years old? You must be to remember those good ole days. LOL!
Seriously, I do hope UGA can become more competitive with Florida. The 90’s were fun with the Volunteers being a “must” win if UF was to win the East. The latter half of this past decade became pretty lopsided for UF with all the teams in the East. Bama has risen, Auburn is making strides, LSU is always a threat and Ole Miss and Arkansas have become part of the mix in the West. The East has become a one horse show. It would be nice to see UGA step up and challenge again. I grew up watching UGA dominate the series but it really has become similar to playing everyone else. The younger crowd of of my fellow “mullet jort wearing fans” have absolutely no respect for UGA football. It’s a shame because it used to be a great rivalry and I, for one, would like to see it be that way again.
I know you guys catch a ton of grief from several Gator fans on here. You’ll not catch me resorting to the name-calling as I think it’s pretty much for cowards. I do enjoy throwing a “dig” in every now an then, but it’s all in good fun.
Good luck this year and we’ll see you in Jax!

The Spokesman for the East

August 4th, 2010
7:46 pm

ardawg you are just a stupid humping redneck fan. There was no stomping for 60 years. I’m almost 60 and in my life, UF holds the edge. As far as comments of dominance for only 20 years; what would you prefer; dominance for the last 20 or irrelevance since 1980. It’s your choice redneck.

Blue Max

August 4th, 2010
7:48 pm

What will be the excuse this year humpers when you drive the trail of tears back to dog town?

Mel Kiper Jr.

August 4th, 2010
7:51 pm

Yea Richt knows something about coaching QB’s; how many other than pretty boy Stafford did he put into pro football? Charlie Ward was great because he was a phenominal athlete, not because of Helen Hunt’s coaching.


August 4th, 2010
10:37 pm

Mel Kiper I have always thought you were a football god. In this too, you are genius.

Hunker Down

August 5th, 2010
12:04 am

I believe that once upon a time like all great college head coaches Richt tried to delegate authority and oversee. He had as they say too much on his plate. Most top notch coaches do the very same delegate authority. Richt was a student and feel under the mentor leadership of one of the great offensive minds, Bobby Bowdon. when UGA was winning SEC Championships it was richt hard at work with the offense. Today, the offense is more predictable under Bobo and I think Richt rightfully so wants to be a bit more involved. I commend CNR on taking the necassary moves in the off season and look forward to a new and more potent team in 2010.

Dave Cutler

August 5th, 2010
12:39 am

Oh god give me a break…..uga is desperate. mark richt cant develop a QB any better than the rest of them. You are talking about a coach who hasn’t developed a quarterback since David Greene. Shockley was raw talent and threw 50%, Terisnhinsky? Please. Joe Cox? Ha! And yes, Richt managed to not go three seasons and not win the SEC with the NFL’s first draft choicein Stafford. Heck, some would argue Greene was just raw talent and his ability to read defenses. Richt hasnt done squat or made anyone better. Keep dreaming are going 7-6.


August 5th, 2010
12:58 am

Living in Jax is brutal….been back up here in Atlanta for 3 months. Now, about to go back to Jax. A win would make it much easier to live down there for the rest of this year!!! GO DAWGS!! In AJ we trust!!


August 5th, 2010
7:20 am

“And yes, Richt managed to not go three seasons and not win the SEC with the NFL’s first draft choicein Stafford.”

So how does that back up the case that he doesnt know how to develop QBs? wouldn’t you have just made the exact opposite case? Does the NFL use conference championship to guage QB talent or something? There are a few NFL scouts that would be suprised to learn that I am sure.

And who are these “some” arguing about Greene ….whatever that nonsensical point was? I honestly have never heard that argument one time.


August 5th, 2010
7:53 am

Dave Cutler- Thanks for predicting UGA’s record. I’m assuming you have UGA going to a bowl games unless you are that dumb to list them as playing 13 games since the regular season they only play 12. Also when is the last time UGA lost 6 games?


August 5th, 2010
8:03 am

Tide Roll- Since you are the know all when it comes to coaching the offensice line, which university do you coach at?

Fleming Island Dog

August 5th, 2010
8:08 am

South Jax Dog. Hang in there I’m with you on turning thigs right.

Eat and Tweet

August 5th, 2010
8:21 am

Mark Richt and Howdy Dowdle likes Biggie Fries at Wendy’s.

Boxers or Briefs, the Red Panties of Choice For GT

August 5th, 2010
8:28 am

Wow, it took almost the whole 1st page before a GT Troll showed up.

Gatorbait 17-3

August 5th, 2010
8:45 am

Bill King

you wrote:

“The line is the most veteran and battle-tested in the conference”

Pleeeeeeeeeeeez There is no question UGA has veteran line, but to say they
are the MOST veteran and battle-tested is just disingenuous.

I submit a comparison of the UGA and Florida offensive lines, and am not saying who is best, they are very close and if Florida has an edge its 3 offensive line members were
pick preseason all SEC, 1 1st team and 2 2nd, while UGA had just 1 1st member. Another small advantage for the Gators is they are 2 deep at all positions except 1, while UGA as 2 position without a letterman back up. The 3rd and final slight advantage for the Gators would be the rushing yardage from last year.

Having said all that, only time will tell whose line is the most battle-tested and superior, plus several other SEC schools may have something to say about that.


73 Xavier Nixon | 6-5, 300, So., 1V
57 Carl Johnson | 6-5, 355, Sr., 3V
77 Ian Silberman | 6-5, 285, Fr., HS
71 Matt Patchan | 6-6, 292, So., 2V

76 Marcus Gilbert | 6-5, 320, Sr., 3V
78 David Young | 6-4, 304, So., 1V
58 Nick Alajajian | 6-4, 295, Fr., RS

57 Carl Johnson | 6-5, 355, Sr., 3V
66 James Wilson | 6-3, 315, Jr., 2V
67 Jon Halapio | 6-3, 312, Fr., RS

66 James Wilson | 6-3, 315, Jr., 2V
74 Maurice Hurt | 6-3, 320, Sr., 3V
72 J. Harrison | 6-3, 300, Fr., RS

55 Mike Pouncey | 6-4, 310, Sr., 3V
50 Sam Robey | 6-4, 293, So., RS
58 Nick Alajajian | 6-4, 295, Fr., RS


60 Clint Boling | 6-5, 304, Sr., 3V
54 Tanner Strickland | 6-5, 335, Jr., 2V
67 Jonathan Owens | 6-4, 298, So., 1V

71 Cordy Glenn | 6-5, 329, Jr., 2V
64 Dallas Lee | 6-4, 295, Fr., SQ

61 Ben Jones | 6-3, 298, Jr., 2V
68 Chris Burnette | 6-2, 291, Fr., SQ
54 Tanner Strickland | 6-5, 335, Jr., 2V

63 Chris Davis | 6-4, 295, Sr., 3V
76 Ben Harden | 6-3, 310, Jr., 2V
55 Josh Parrish | 6-4, 294, Fr., SQ

78 Josh Davis | 6-6, 305, Sr., 3V
66 Kolton Houston | 6-5, 285, Fr., HS

As you can see, Florida is returning 10 letterman that all started at least one
time last year and are 2 deep with lettermen in all but 1 position. Georgia returns
9 letterman,but are 2 deep with letter man at all but 2 positions. Also, I’m showing
the rushing stats from last year. Florida was ranked the # 10 rushing team, Georgia # 47.

Rank Games Att Total Yds TDs Yards per Gm

10 Florida 14 555 3105 5.59 30 221.79

47 Georgia 13 447 2093 4.68 17 161 5

Georgia has 1 first team all SEC offensive lineman,(BOLING OL)
Florida also has 1 (POUNCY C). Georgia zero second team offensive linemen,
while Florida has 2 (JOHNSON OL, GILBERT OL)


August 5th, 2010
8:49 am

I just would like to get back to the point that Florida does not look at their schedule in pre-season and automatically put a W next to the JAX game. It will take a couple of wins in a row for that to happen. No better time to start than now. I know exactly how Gator fans feel. Fun game but they are not worried that UGA will win. We felt the same in the Seventies and Eighties. And until we start winning some games in JAX they will not fear a bunch of fans writing on a blog board.

I think having CMR working with the offense is a good thing. Drink plenty of fluids.


August 5th, 2010
9:24 am

Yes, Sir, I am.


August 5th, 2010
10:02 am

Gatorbait 17-3 good points I think that with UF and UGA the proof of how good the line is will boil down to 1) who is hardest hit with injuries 2) how well the guys that actually start the season jell and how quickly. I would say that IF UGA’s line is injury free they should have a slight advantage as they have more experience working as a unit. But time and the opponents will as you say have a lot to do with it. I think the Gators OL going against the Gator DL will allow them to bridge any experience gap pretty quickly..

Gatorbait 17-3

August 5th, 2010
10:30 am


No problem with your analysis.

I hope King writes about defensive lines——that is the Gator’s strongest suit.

Gatorbait 17-3

August 5th, 2010
10:55 am

Here’s another writers thoughs on the Gator’s O-line at:

Deepest Position:

There’s little doubt that Florida’s deepest position is the offensive line. The Gators return four starters from a year ago, including potential All-American Mike Pouncey. With sophomore Xavier Nixon looking like the future at left tackle and veteran players like Carl Johnson and Marcus Gilbert also starting on the offensive line, the Gators will have one of their most talented units in recent memory. James Wilson is expected to battle Maurice Hurt for the right guard spot.

Throw in capable backups like Matt Patchan, Sam Robey, Jon Halapio and Nick Alajajian and Florida is more than set along the offensive line.

Les W. Moore

August 5th, 2010
10:58 am

I agree with Dave Cutler. What QB has improved greatly under Richt so much more than when they arrived? Maybe David Greene but then Greene was just an above-average college QB, at best. In fact, a few have gone backwards. And yes, guys who have transferred out count in this discussion.


August 5th, 2010
12:35 pm

Les W. Moore its official you and Dave Cutler are morons and know squat about football..dismissed.


August 6th, 2010
5:11 am

Coach Richt and Bobo missed the boat with
…………………………Joe Cox and Logan Gray.

South Jax Gator

August 11th, 2010
12:15 pm

South Jax Dawg, if you live anywhere near me you betta not fly yo little ugly red G flag, you outta yo element lil man.