Notes and quotes from Richt’s news conference (updated)

ATHENS – A few notes and quotes from Mark Richt’s news conference today:

  • Richt’s opening comment: “It’s good to be undefeated.”
  • And a bit later:  “First game of the year. I know our guys will be excited. . . . We’re just looking forward to playing, looking forward to getting it kicked off, just see what we’ve got.”
  • This is the healthiest Georgia has entered a season in a long time, Richt said. Among players who otherwise would or might play,  linebacker Richard Samuel (leg) and center Chris Burnette (concussion) are the only ones who’ll miss the game with injuries, Richt said.
  • Richt on Aaron Murray’s first start as Georgia’s quarterback: “He’s human. He’s a freshman. He’s going to have nerves like everybody else. I’m a 50-year-old man, and I’ll be nervous, too, which is a good thing.”
  • More on Murray: “Hopefully our fans will realize that he’s a freshman. He’s a rookie. He’s going to make mistakes. He probably won’t just be lights-out as far as his accuracy or decisions and all of those things. I mean, he’s going to be finding his way and hopefully his teammates will help him out, offensively and defensively and in the kicking game.”
  • Richt again had no comment when asked if players have been cleared by the NCAA inquiry that was launched in July. “Well, this is a subject that I’m just not allowed to make comment on, so I’ll just keep it like that.” (A.J. Green took the same approach after practice Tuesday. “Can’t say anything” about it, he said. Asked if he has any doubt he’ll be able to play Saturday despite the inquiry, Green said: “No. I don’t know. I can’t say anything.”
  • Richt reiterated his year-long message to the players that turnovers must be sharply reduced from a year ago. “That’s a big part of what we’re talking about. The goal is to at least make the opponent beat us. Let’s not beat us. Let’s see how good we can be if we don’t help [the opponent]. Let’s try that and see how it goes.”
  • Caleb King will get additional carries because of Washaun Ealey’s suspension,  but “he’s ready,” Richt said. “He’s in great condition. Carlton [Thomas] also will have to step up, and Freddie Munzenmaier might get a few totes at tailback, too.”

Also: Before Richt’s news conference, new AD Greg McGarity met with the gathered media for a few minutes. Click here for Jeff Schultz’s blog on McGarity’s comments.

101 comments Add your comment

Eisendawg

August 31st, 2010
2:07 pm

Good stuff! Keep it coming, and GATA!

Hank Williams Jr

August 31st, 2010
2:09 pm

I’m ready for some football!

L-Dawg

August 31st, 2010
2:10 pm

GLORY GLORY TO OLE’ GEORGIA!!!!

WHAT DO GEORGIA TECH “FANS” AND UGA FANS HAVE IN COMMON??? BOTH ARE OBSESSED WITH ALL THINGS UGA!!! (FOR PROOF, SCROLL BELOW AND SEE HOW MANY TECHIES ARE ON A UGA BLOG)

4 DAYS!!!!!

GO DAWGS!!!!

Sanford Drive

August 31st, 2010
2:13 pm

Great stuff Chip. Keep up the good work!

Hey Dawg fans…… read why UGA fans REALLY need to cheer for Oregon State and Virginia Tech!!! http://dawgdayafternoon.blogspot.com/

Frank Lane

August 31st, 2010
2:14 pm

Anticipation is the best part of life.

Without it, life would be hell, as Dante’s Inferno said, “All Hope Abandon Ye Who Enter Here.”

some guy

August 31st, 2010
2:19 pm

Tech fans know how to use caps lock.

Bryan G.

August 31st, 2010
2:20 pm

4 days until we tee it up Between the Hedges…

Paul H

August 31st, 2010
2:20 pm

L-Dawg where ya been? I completely agree. Here’s another one – what do Tech and Clemson have in common? They both got physically manhandled by their 6-5 SEC rivals last year!

DawgMike

August 31st, 2010
2:21 pm

I’m looking forward to CMR’s post season presser when he makes the same opening comment.

Stildawg

August 31st, 2010
2:22 pm

BirdDog

August 31st, 2010
2:23 pm

I can’t wait until Saturday! Go Dawgs!! I’m excited to see the new D and I hope to see bodies flying all over the place. GATA!

Mark

August 31st, 2010
2:27 pm

being undefeated means the ref’s in the SEC cheat for you!!!

jimmymack

August 31st, 2010
2:34 pm

saturday i hope we run-run run.don’t show a thing on offense or defense that way in week 2 the evil genius won’t know to expect.

30-24 Dawgs - We Run This State!

August 31st, 2010
2:40 pm

Looking forward to spending this Saturday in Sanford Stadium in beautiful Athens, GA!

GATA!

Tim Teblow

August 31st, 2010
2:40 pm

will someone let me know what GATA is? I’m not familiar with that blog lingo.

ed

August 31st, 2010
2:41 pm

go you hairy dawgs!

DawgMike

August 31st, 2010
2:42 pm

Tim, it stands for Get after their @$$…like the D did against you in the 07 game.

Amelia Island Dawgs

August 31st, 2010
2:43 pm

Run run run and sling it to AJ once in a while.

farley

August 31st, 2010
2:44 pm

can’t wait to get over to athens sat to see the beautiful campus again, the sea of red, the pretty girls, sold out stadium, no worries of being assulted going to the game/leaving the game, no panhandlers to worry about. no interstates in a 40 mile radius. god bless athens and UGA

Tim Teblow

August 31st, 2010
2:45 pm

sweet. Thanks Dawg Mike! I like it. Can’t wait for Saturday and watching the Dawgs surprise some folks this year! Go Dawgs!! Green for Heisman!!

"Da Real" Damon Evans

August 31st, 2010
2:51 pm

Yo Tim Dawg. What up playa.

I will be at the stadium this Saturday hawking red panties. I still need to make a living. :) Keep up the good work bro.

Waste Managment

August 31st, 2010
2:56 pm

We will be ready!!!!

Waste Managment

August 31st, 2010
2:56 pm

I forgot the “E” sorry- WOOF—–GATT

gdawginkalamazoo

August 31st, 2010
3:00 pm

Hey Tim, which USC players will miss the UGA game? And did we win the Fulmer Cup this year?

Really?

August 31st, 2010
3:00 pm

SD Dawg

August 31st, 2010
3:10 pm

How about a “no driving” rule for the next 13 weeks?

Bill W,

August 31st, 2010
3:26 pm

@Really?

I’m a Dawg fan through and through but the minor posession the two Gators were convicted of sounds pretty light. I was popped with minor posession of alcohol myself in Atlanta back in 1989 and recieved a written ticket, no arrest, and my fine was $50. My how times have changed..

gdawginkalamazoo

August 31st, 2010
3:33 pm

Bill W., evidently they arrest you for that in Athens these days.

destin dawg

August 31st, 2010
3:39 pm

Can’t wait to see new Junkyard Defense…. take aways… not giveaways…. no more late hit penalties… more Discipline !!! Go Dawgs !!!!!

Radly Dawg

August 31st, 2010
3:43 pm

To the “Da Real Damon Evans”…….you are one cooooold…..well you know! And of course… you have never screwed up in your whole life right? It ain’t good to kick a man when he’s down….even if that man was totally wrong. You’re probably some disgruntled bumble bee from Atlanta…..I think you guys have a team and a blog out there some where….why don’t you go babble on that for a while!

Go Dawgs!
Radly Dawg

Dawgtards ruin this state

August 31st, 2010
3:45 pm

Great stuff, any arrests during the presser?

1eyedJack

August 31st, 2010
3:53 pm

La. Lafayette is going to be trampled under foot!!

Really?

August 31st, 2010
3:59 pm

Bill W, – my point is at UGA we have a mandatory 1 game suspension for any alcohol related arrest and at UF you actually get praised for being a good leader and no suspension.

hmmmm.......

August 31st, 2010
4:01 pm

So will the game be televised?

gdawginkalamazoo

August 31st, 2010
4:02 pm

“Great stuff, any arrests during the presser?”

Now that was funny.

Sumdawg

August 31st, 2010
4:32 pm

Athens on game day, a new season with all the Ga. nation, owning Tech again, Get Sum DAWGS!!!

SOUTHGADAWG88

August 31st, 2010
4:38 pm

I’m ready for the Gamecoks

dawg fight

August 31st, 2010
4:39 pm

take those amelia ads off please!

run the ball

August 31st, 2010
4:43 pm

You already know what I’m going to say.

AltamahaDawg

August 31st, 2010
4:56 pm

Bill, I agree that those are very minor infractions. What is MOST interesting about the story is that it was nearly a month and a half before anybody even heard about it, and only because the Miami paper dug it up. The Gainsville and Tampa paper had never done so. It’s one thing to have the rival town digging around in the trashcan, but wouldn’t it be nice if the hometown folks were all on the same team?

Washaun Ealey

August 31st, 2010
4:59 pm

We Hit and Run this state!

AltamahaDawg

August 31st, 2010
4:59 pm

BTW, MIP is not an arrest in every town. In some towns it’s still a ticket. Used to be in Athens till a couple of years ago.

OldFan

August 31st, 2010
5:07 pm

I’m just thankful we’re starting this season with no one on the team trying to get his swagger back. UGA swaggered itself into mediocrity last year. Let’s just have some solid football and coach to the level of our talent. Then, everything’s going to turn out just fine.

Awesome Dawg!!

August 31st, 2010
5:16 pm

powderdawgindenver

August 31st, 2010
5:21 pm

SAT10:22AM out here in the west…Bloody’s and Bulldawgs at the new mellow mushroom for fans and alumn…..I do miss athens on Gameday…or any day. GO DAWGS! SIC EM!

Sal

August 31st, 2010
5:56 pm

How about a “no driving” rule for the next 13 weeks?

Hello, anybody home? What would possibly make you think that Richt’s thugs obey the rules?

What an absurd suggestion.

Keith

August 31st, 2010
6:24 pm

Did Warden Richt mention anything about the 43 arrests in the last three years?

And did he say how the famous red panties will be incorporated into the uniforms this year?

Inquiring minds want answers.

Sal

August 31st, 2010
6:26 pm

I am a tard!

Keith

August 31st, 2010
6:26 pm

I love dudes!

Nigel Tufnel

August 31st, 2010
6:42 pm

I hope Isaih Crowell reads the last paragraph. He must be chomping at the bit, knowing we’re going to play a fullback at the tailback position. Crowell take note: If you want early PT come to UGA.