Transcript of Richt’s news conference …

Here’s a partial transcript of Mark Richt’s news conference today:

Opening statement:

“Mississippi State, we are going to their house. We are going to the home of the cowbells. Watching TV copy, they ring them. It’s going to be loud. It’s going to be something we are going to have to deal with from an offensive standpoint. I think coach (Dan) Mullen has really done a fine job there. He has his team playing hard. He has his team playing very well, actually. I know they haven’t had the victories they are looking for just like we haven’t, but we know there are a lot of good teams in this league that may not win every week. It’s just hard to do that.”

“I know it’s going to be a loud crowd. It’s definitely going to be a hostile environment. It’s going to be a night game. It will be the first night game for us this year. It will be interesting to actually let the guys sleep in a little bit on Saturday before the game and have a little more time to meet and prepare on that Saturday. We are looking forward to playing it.”

(Note: Richt also provided updates on the status of a number of injured players. Click here for that.)

On Georgia’s offensive preparations for the crowd noise:

“I don’t think we’ll limit what we want to do offensively because of the noise, mainly because (Aaron) Murray has lived through it and handled it well as far as the communication. We had some in the South Carolina game that he had to do and he did well with it, so I don’t think we are in a situation where we’ll have to limit that. Anytime we play where we know it’s going to be loud we try to minimize the amount of checking at the line because the more you do, the more chanced you have of somebody missing it. But there are certain things you just need to get out of or there are certain times you need to get your protection right. If you don’t, you are in trouble so we’ll do it but we do try to minimize it in those kind of games.”

On Kwame Geathers:

“Everyday in practice we want to see it. He did have the one big play in the ballgame, which was a step in the right direction too, but that’s the main thing. Everybody has an opportunity everyday when you put your pads on in practice, so he’ll plenty of opportunities to prove he deserves more playing time. I’m not going to try to predict how many snaps he’ll get.”

On the importance of Caleb King’s return:

“I think it’s important. I think competition is important. I know Caleb, of the three, is the most solid pass-protecting back we have, and he’s an outstanding runner too. He’ll definitely help us. He’s a guy who has been a starter and has played a lot. The more guys you miss who have that kind of experience, the tougher it is on you. We probably could have used him in this last game a little bit.”

On the physicality of both lines of scrimmage for Georgia:

“The South Carolina game, of course we weren’t too pleased with what happened on the defensive front or the offensive front for that matter. I think our lines played much better this past game. We only had one pass protection issue with a lineman as far as a missed assignment that hurt us. We had one time where both tackles got squeezed. It was the play where we were deep in our territory and Murray had the long run where he stepped up in the pocket and I think we were inside the 10, maybe inside the five when we snapped the ball. One time both tackles just got crushed into the quarterback and he had to step up. If they had protected well, we had a guy running in pretty good shape for a deep ball. If Murray would have put it in place, we would have had a heck of a play. Even though we had a nice run out of it, and a first down out of it, getting out of our territory, you still need to do that. Other than that, the protection was very solid. The run-blocking definitely improved. I thought the backs got a little bit better at getting more than what was blocked for, but you still have tight ends that have to keep getting better and fullbacks too. I think they improved.”

On what playing without A.J. Green does to the Georgia offense:

:“I’ve been refraining from making comments about that. I don’t want to sound like we have to have A.J. to win because we don’t. We should be able to win without A.J. He is a special player, no doubt. When he’s allowed to come back and play, we’ll talk a whole lot more about him. I would have to think if I was a defensive coordinator, I would play Georgia differently with him than without him. I would have a different plan, no doubt.”

On Kris Durham:

“It’s been great. Kris has done a great job. I can’t tell you how many times already if we hit him on the run, he’s in the end zone. He’s actually broken out, been behind guys three, four, five yards sometimes and the ball wasn’t quite where he could catch it on the dead run. The good news is the ball was in position where he could catch the ball the great majority of the time, and that’s important too. He’s actually been an outstanding deep ball guy. He’s been blocking his tail off. He’s been leading, as a matter of fact he is one of the guys named captain this week. Not only because of what he’s doing receiving, but how he’s blocking too. He’s just a veteran guy who we know we can count on.”

On Kiante Tripp’s career at Georgia:

“I don’t know if I can remember it all, but I know he started out as a defensive player. We liked his size and athleticism and thought he might be a heck of a tackle. He has some bright moments at tackle, but it just wasn’t the best fit for him and we moved him back to defensive end. Then his size, he stayed big and we kind of moved him inside. In our new scheme, he’s called a defensive end, but in reality like in nickel he’s a defensive tackle. He’s playing and he’s doing well. He hasn’t been overly productive as far as getting sacks and tackles for loss, but you could be doing your job up front and not necessarily getting the statistics to prove it. Just the fact that he’s earned the right to play, he’s done well.”

On the pulse of Georgia’s team with an 0-2 SEC record:

“All I would say is everybody showed up to work and we worked. That’s all we can ask right now. We just have to keep grinding right now. No matter how you might feel, I’m not really even worried how they feel right now. I’m more worried about how they work. If they are in a good mood and they work hard or if they are in a bad mood and they work hard, I don’t really care right now. As we get closer to the game, we’ll kind of work on the emotional part of that game. You can get mad and you can get emotional on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, it doesn’t do you a whole lot of good Saturday unless you do it at the right time. Right now my biggest focus is not so much the mood but the work ethic right now and the focus.”

On getting Georgia prepared for the game on Saturday:

“The biggest thing is no mater who you play and no matter what happened last week, I think when guys get close to the game Thursday and Friday they get excited about playing. I’ve never seen a team just not want to play on Saturday or you look at them and say these guys couldn’t care less. You do want to do some things that help them get emotional about the game. Whether it’s things you might say the night before the game or the day of the game, those types of things are what I’m talking about. Just trying to have them peak their emotional interest in the game at the right time, which is kickoff.”

On Georgia’s running game and whether he has looked beyond the top three running backs:

“It has improved already, and I think it will continue to improve. Kenny (Malcome), he actually had a concussion a week ago and he’s still not able to practice, so that’s not an option right this minute. If he was healthy, we would do with him like we do with a lot of young backs, just keep working and if they like they are ready to play like Washuan (Ealey) last year, we’ll keep working them and get in these inside drills and we give those guys reps and if they do well and they continue to learn what to do, then you put them in there.”

On the state of the Georgia program:

“The state of the program is that we are getting ready for Mississippi State. It’s early in the year. We are getting ready to play another Southeastern Conference game and try to get a victory in league play. Some teams have played one game in the league, some teams have played two. I don’t think anybody has played three games in the league, so just keep supporting and keep fighting and we will too.”

On whether being 0-2 in the SEC is a motivational factor:

“I know the guys are desperate for a victory, so that probably takes care of itself. I don’t think that I have to remind them that we are 0-2 right now. I don’t know if that will make a difference right now. Who knows what I might say the day before of the day of?”

On Georgia’s receivers:

“I think our receivers played really pretty fantastic. I thought there were some great catches. I thought Durham had a couple of great grabs. I thought Tavarres King had a couple of great grabs. (Rantavious) Wooten had a nice grab on the sideline. Aron White, before that last touchdown score, on a third down conversion, he caught a ball about at his ankles on a dead run. I thought our receivers really came through and they blocked better this last ballgame than they had all year. So the receiving corps actually did a very nice job.”

On Nick Williams:

“He’s getting a little bit of linebacker look, but mostly safety still. He’s just that hybrid guy. Depending on injuries and things of that nature, when Dowtin got hurt, we wanted to get Nick some work in there in case he had to play linebacker throughout the year. We really weren’t sure how quickly Dowtin would turn around. Those kinds of injuries can be a week or they can be six weeks, so we really weren’t sure. We were getting Nick some work there, but it looks like Dowtin is going to be back so he’ll be spending more time at safety now. It’s a tough spot for that kid. Our last defensive staff, is he a linebacker or is he a safety? Then our new staff comes in and they are trying to evaluate him, is he a linebacker or is he a safety? So he’s kind of been back and forth a bunch. It’s unfortunate that he’s not been able to settle into one position and hopefully before it’s over we’ll get him in the right spot. He’ll run hard. He loves contact. He’s doing very well on special teams now which is a big part of the game, but I’m sure he’d like to have more reps than what he’s getting right now.”

137 comments Add your comment

dawg days

September 21st, 2010
4:19 pm

I hate people who do this, but first?

dawgcrzy

September 21st, 2010
4:23 pm

Georgia Fan 101

September 21st, 2010
4:24 pm

Great article!! i think georgia will be just fine this year. SECOND!!!!!!!!

Bony Tarnhardt

September 21st, 2010
4:24 pm

0 – 3 in the SEC here we come !

Bob Sacamano

September 21st, 2010
4:27 pm

Is everyone aware that we don’t even practice on Mondays?

5150 P.O.A.D.

September 21st, 2010
4:52 pm

You don’t even HIT no matter what day you practice.

5150 P.O.A.D.

September 21st, 2010
4:53 pm

I am going to THUD you Bob.

Bob Sacamano

September 21st, 2010
4:53 pm

True! We tackle on Saturday like we tackle during the week.

NYC Dawg

September 21st, 2010
4:56 pm

Someone ask, “Did you have any influence on the play calling in the 4th quarter on Saturday? We noticed you holding Bobo’s sheet on the sidelines, and we appeared to have an offensive fire in the 4th quarter.”

seriously

September 21st, 2010
4:59 pm

is it swim time again?

dog

September 21st, 2010
5:03 pm

well ark-kansas is still better than the jayhawks

TheTaxJacket

September 21st, 2010
5:09 pm

*** Nesbitt for Heismen ***

(((( 45 – 42 ))))

Bdawg

September 21st, 2010
5:24 pm

With the way that UGA is playing, everyone deserves playing time. As sorry as the play is on both sides with the line, everybody should have a chance to show what they can do in a real game. The S and CBs should be rotated because they are not getting the job done. How can you judge a player by the way that they practice, because with the way that everyone is playing, practice is not going well and needs more intensity. No swim time. Just get back to calling the offensive plays and get rid of Bobo. That’s is a problem if we don’t practice Mondays. UGA needs all the practice they can get, especially in the tackling and blocking category. I hope we recruit better in the RB category, because these two aren’t very talented. One can’t stay off the injury list and the other doesn’t know how to block. Sounds like we need to get back to good old school coaching like Saban does.

ugakev- have some good news dawg nation

September 21st, 2010
5:27 pm

Bulldawg nation I understand the anxiety I have it too but we lost to two good football teams this year I believe that were both more mature than we were in key areas..Dont let the early losses fool you because it does look uglier when you lose early in the season especially two conference games but with that being said I believe we are going to finish 10-2 and win the SEC east…South carolina with their conference schedule is going to finish 5-3 in the conference. Florida will lose to alabama and us and we will get the tie breaker at 6-2 in the conference. Our team has been battle tested against two strong teams early in the season and this only will make things alot easier on us as the season goes by..Arkansas is going to scare Alabama next week folks mark that down. Their offense is going to make fans of many teams question their defensive coordinators..lol. I cant wait for Todd grantham to get his players into the system we will have faster linebackers with closing speed that will stop the little underneath routes to running backs like you saw arkansas do to us. And we will have a taller and more physical secondary, not willie martinez’s secondary. Just give it a year or two on defense. Offensively I have been wanting bobo to go for a long time but if our offensive line would man up it would help things out tremendously and our running backs have NO VISION that worries me so we must get isiah crowell at Georgia next year that can make plays even when the offensive line is not at their best. If you thought murray looked good so far wait until kris durham and aj green are on the field at the same time. I will close by saying firing coach richt this season would be a disaster unless he only won like 4 or 5 games because we need this deep recruiting class bad in Georgia this year! Also for those that say we need to hire kirby smart I am sorry but would be a terrible hire he has proven absolutly nothing to me that would make me believe he is a good head coach. At alabama nick saban is the defensive coordinator not kirby smart I can assure you that. That would be another ray goff in the making! Lets rally Dawg nation behind this team there is a lot of football to be played ….GO DAWGS!!!

SoCal Dawg

September 21st, 2010
5:35 pm

Either our receivers or our qb had a really bad day. Either our receivers were not getting open or our qb could not find open receivers.

@TheTaxJacket

September 21st, 2010
6:01 pm

You Tech guys do not have a lot to be proud of. We all know and understand that. But is is necessary to post that 45-42 crap everyday. lol. Do you still write the name of that one miss rotten crotch who gave you head at band camp? Sad little man, you are. Just in case that you forget the rest of the scores during the Mark Richt tenure? Let me remind you,
30-24
31-17
15-12
14-7
19-13
34-17
51-7
31-17
All UGA wins. That 45-42 doesn’t look so good in that perspective, does it? So go ahead and enjoy that once a decade win. I’m sure you guys will get another win during the next decade. We are more than happy to throw you sweat bees a bone every now and then. So enjoy that one but gnaw on it slowly because it will be a while before you taste victory again. Another decade.

Freddy

September 21st, 2010
6:43 pm

0-3 in the SEC. Bank on it. Seat is getting VERY warm right now

RxDawg

September 21st, 2010
6:58 pm

I’m starting to like what I’m hearing out of the coach. The SEC may be gone, but I think they can turn this thing around a little bit.

TheTaxiJacket

September 21st, 2010
7:38 pm

“Do you still write the name of that one miss rotten crotch who gave you head at band camp?”

Uhh, I never got head at band camp. Or anywhere else…

However, I did kiss a girl at band camp once! Our braces locked, but it was cool. You ever score action like that, smart guy?

Toole

September 21st, 2010
7:44 pm

If we decide to fire Richt, PLEASE offer Jon Griden whatever he wants.

tdawg

September 21st, 2010
7:50 pm

Some people on here are idiots. I have some responses to some of the statements. They say fire Mark Richt because hes a horrible coach; short memories. Why no FULL tackling in practice; gets people injured. Running backs have no talent?; You try running with 8 guys in the box and a mediocre offensive line.

Go Dogs

September 21st, 2010
7:54 pm

beanuga

September 21st, 2010
8:17 pm

I want MR to get the players fired up before the game. Not b-n 3 and 4 quarters. That is all am asking for this week. Goooooo Dawgs! sicem

JELLO JOCKITCH

September 21st, 2010
8:39 pm

BOBO HAAS TO GO. BOBO HAS TO GO. BOBO HAS TO GO.

kb

September 21st, 2010
8:52 pm

For all of us who are true Bulldog fans, please just simply ignore the 5150 P.O.A.D character as well as those other bloggers who post such insane blogs as well. I’ve found it to be much easier to bypass those “types” as I read other posts. Trust me, it is very effective.

mat

September 21st, 2010
9:27 pm

Is finishing second year after year better than being last? I would like to see the Dawgs win a BCS Championship. Richt is a great guy, we all know that. Georgia is to big of a program not to win it at least every 10-15 years. Look Florida. L.S.U. , Tennesse and (auburn) have won. NO MORE EXCUSE’S

turkey caller

September 21st, 2010
9:33 pm

I have watched replays of the Arkansas game 3 times and it looked to me like Murray was pressured pretty hard. Ballgames are typically won up front on the line. Our offensive line has been a definite disappointment and we lack the size and depth necessary on the defensive line.

Professor Van Nostren

September 21st, 2010
10:11 pm

Let’s just take ‘em to the pool. That’ll solve everything.

TheTaxJacket

September 21st, 2010
11:04 pm

How many more games until Murray suffers a season ending injury??? He’s not going to last long taking hits like those!!!!!!

thwg

bigcalidawg

September 21st, 2010
11:48 pm

Dude…..Kev

You gotta break-up those thoughts with paragraphs.

You said a whole lot. You sound like a dgd, though.

Go DAWGS!

Next 4 games look promising……….

GATA!

@TheTaxJacket

September 22nd, 2010
12:32 am

Just as I suspected…loser!

At least your not posting:

*** Nesbitt for Heismen ***

(((( 45 – 42 ))))

Do you not understand how pathetic you seem..The only reason you Tech guys even post on UGA blogs is because of the inferiority that you feel. That is understandable. I guess the realization has not yet hit. 1 win. 9 games… That’s it. I know you Techies are so proud of that one that it must be posted daily. What substandard ACC football program wouldn’t be proud of beating a superior SEC school. I can surely name one. Enjoy ! THWGT

@TheTaxJacket

September 22nd, 2010
12:37 am

Just the fact that you were at Band Camp is hilarious!!
You Tech guys are certainly a different breed….lol

tennessee tom

September 22nd, 2010
4:44 am

the sec is just down this yr,ky and SC wll finish ahead of TN,Ga,maybe Fla,,Think we have Alabama and the 11 step children,ugly football is wide spread this season,sad when more than half the teams dont have a QB,TN might not win 4 games,SC is vastly improved,but Garcia will probley cost them a game or 2

Slobodan

September 22nd, 2010
5:30 am

Coach Richt’s quotes: very wordy with double adjectives on nearly every subject. Compare his excuses/explanations with quotes from Saban. I don’t even admire the way Richt talks about football. You can imagine how I feel about his coaching.

georgiadawg70

September 22nd, 2010
7:12 am

It is time to call Chris Peterson.

logic 101

September 22nd, 2010
8:54 am

If Georgia beats Tenn, Florida and GA Tech,———————-I’m good.

Kill Bing: the junkyard homer

September 22nd, 2010
9:20 am

Should Georgia wear pink helmets and blue pants this Saturday?

It's about pride....

September 22nd, 2010
9:24 am

….you could never understand that. @thetaxjackass, rather be a jacket at 1 out of 9 than a leghumper at any record. And just remember, 1 of 9 becomes 2 of 9 this year, then 3 of 9, then 4 of 9 etc, etc. Enjoy your slide into oblivion. 30 long years of frustration for you butt sniffers.

nofightinthesedogs

September 22nd, 2010
9:25 am

Then you won’t be good for a long time logic.

how2fish

September 22nd, 2010
9:26 am

Everyone that supports a team that got beat by Kansas raise your hands !

DawginLex

September 22nd, 2010
9:27 am

UGA 28 MSU 20

I said we would lose in columbia-we did
I said Bobo would blow it vs Arkansas-he did

We will win this week.

We will be 5-2 heading up here to face the Cats.

DawginLex

September 22nd, 2010
9:27 am

it’s about pride,

Would that be gay pride?

how2fish

September 22nd, 2010
9:33 am

It’s about pride….

Would that be Jay Hawk pride?

AcworthDawgs

September 22nd, 2010
9:33 am

I hope we get a win in Starkville… I read an article yesterday that seemed to lay out the season pretty well. The wishful thinking at the end is a little much, but a good read. http://pricezack.wordpress.com/2010/09/21/are-bulldog-fans-realistic-or-optimistic-going-forward-in-2010/

GetOverIt

September 22nd, 2010
9:35 am

Dear UGA,
We will take him.

Sincerely,
Every other school besides UF and Bama

WonderDawg

September 22nd, 2010
9:38 am

North Dakota State > Tech

nofightinthesedogs

September 22nd, 2010
9:40 am

gay pride. Cute, no better response so you go to cheap, school yard insults. Typical UGA loser. Enjoy your ride, it’s gonna get rough.

Gatorzone

September 22nd, 2010
9:41 am

Did not having two a days play into Georgia’s 1-2 record? Just curious as to what their dismal defensive efforts can be attributed.
Speaking of dismal, our offense had 2 a days and look how good we are doing.

how2fish

September 22nd, 2010
9:44 am

nofightinthesedogs you come on a blog about UGA and insult the program and your panties get in a wad when the beat down comes…really? Guess what we are going to beat you like rented mules again this year…now are you going to cry? You got what you had coming..

how2fish

September 22nd, 2010
9:46 am

Gatorzone yeppers you guys are world beaters when the snap exchange works..really watching Poncey to Brantley is worth the price of admission. I guess 2 a days didn’t really help with that part of the game?