There weren’t a lot of surprises that came out of UGA’s turn in the spotlight at SEC Media Days. We heard that Mark Richt wasn’t too thrilled with his running backs last season, but we already knew that. He also indicated that some of the players who have “gotten off the bus,” as he put it, “got a little bit of help” in making that decision. But we pretty much already had that idea, too.
Richt said he isn’t looking for a freshman like Isaiah Crowell “to come and carry our program,” but that there’s no question “we will need help from our freshman class to become a championship team, I don’t have any doubt about that.”
Richt also let us know that, like everyone else who watched a Georgia game last year, he recognizes what has to happen in the second year of Todd Grantham’s defense to keep from repeating last year: “If we can get off the field when we get them in the third-and-long, we’re going to be a whole lot better team.”
We heard a very encouraging report from Aaron Murray about incoming wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell and lots of the usual talk about how everyone’s committed to working hard and doing what it takes to win. But we heard that least year and the year before. And we also heard from Murray that maybe not all of the players last year were that committed, that he’d call a meeting and not everyone would show up. It remains to be seen if this year is really different.
As for all the hot seat talk, Richt handled that like he usually does. Asked about the difficulty of being the coach at an SEC school for more than a decade, he summed the situation up beautifully when he said, “It’s not difficult if you win nine, 10, 11 a year, win the Eastern Division every other year, win the SEC every three or four years. It’s not a problem at all. It’s when you get 6-7, that’s when it’s a problem.”
But, he added, “greater days are coming. The best is yet to come.”
Doesn’t sound like a guy who’s feeling the heat.
Let’s hope that a year from now we’re not remembering that with irony.
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