Athens — Jon Richt’s proud parents were on hand when he threw two touchdown passes to help lead Mars Hill to a 28-0 victory at North Greenville on Saturday.
“When Jon threw his first touchdown pass, it was pretty emotional for me and Katharyn,” Mark Richt said Monday. “And his grandparents were there, his aunts and uncles, his high school coach. There were a lot of people there who got to enjoy the moment. It was nice.”
Mark Richt also enjoyed the atmosphere of small-college football.
“What was kind of neat,” he said, “was that after the game both teams shook hands, said a prayer, then just hung out. And all the fans and families and parents came down on the field. Everybody is down there hugging and taking pictures.
“And I was like, ‘Wow, I can’t imagine this happening.’ [At Georgia] we’re, like, ‘Get off the field as soon as you can,’ you know. It was fun; it was really fun. I enjoyed it a lot.”
Bulldog Nation might not fully realize the speed of its new No. 1 tailback, Richard Samuel, who got only 26 carries last season.
“Richard can run. Richard is very fast,” UGA offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said. “When he gets out in the open field . . . compared to some guys that we’ve had in the past, I’d say he’s the fastest.”
Bobo said that assessment covers tailbacks Georgia has had in the nine years he’s been on the coaching staff, as well as when he played at Georgia from 1993-97.
“He’s similar [in speed] to Robert Edwards,” said Bobo, referring to Georgia’s tailback of his own playing days. “Richard might be a little bit faster.”
If you missed it, here’s Monday’s post-practice update on the injuries to Caleb King, Ben Jones and Chris Davis.
It wasn’t a revelation, because Richt had said during the spring and summer that he envisioned a package of plays being designed to utilize the speed and athleticism of dual-threat backup quarterback Logan Gray. But it was noteworthy nonetheless that Richt said Monday he expects Gray to play a bit in Saturday’s opener at Oklahoma State.
“Yeah, I think Logan will play,” Richt said. “There might be some situations we’ll put him in, but we may also give him a series. I don’t know if we’ll do that or not. It wouldn’t surprise me. . . . But there are some situations I think we’ll let him in the game.”
For his part, Gray wasn’t giving away any secrets, but he indicated the Bulldogs have some different dimensions in mind for this game as they seek to put the ball in as many playmakers’ hands as possible to creatively attack the defense.
“I’m just going to be ready to play, you know what I mean?” Gray said. “I really don’t have any idea how many snaps I’ll get or what’s going to happen. It just sort of depends on the situation and how we’re rolling and what Coach Bobo is feeling. Whatever happens, happens. I’m just trying to prepare myself the best I can to be ready when the time comes.
“I’ve got a little bit of speed, so hopefully I can keep a defense on its toes and give them some different looks.”