A redshirt season for Samuel? More playing time for Ogletree?
A couple of items from Mark Richt’s weekly radio show Monday night:
- Richt said junior linebacker Richard Samuel, sidelined all season with a knee injury, will practice in pads Tuesday for the first time this fall. That doesn’t necessarily signal that Samuel, a converted tailback, will be playing in a game anytime soon. “He did not redshirt his first or second year, so there’s a chance, going into Game 8 now, I guess it is, we may choose to redshirt him and get him two more solid seasons,” Richt said. Samuel told reporters after practice Monday that redshirting probably would be best for him at this point, if the coaches decide to go that route.
- Richt agreed with a caller about the importance of hard-hitting safeties like former Georgia stars Thomas Davis and Greg Blue. “It makes a huge difference, and I’m searching for that, still,” Richt said. “I think we’re all searching for that. I do think we have guys who are good tacklers, but do we have guys that will really devastate you when they hit you?” He believes freshman safety Alec Ogletree will prove to be such a player.
“I’ve got a sneaking suspicion,” Richt said, “we’ve got one on the horizon in No 9, Ogletree. I really think that kid is the kind of the guy that can make those kind of hits. And sometimes when one guy does it, it becomes very contagious for the rest of them. So I’m challenging big ‘Tree and the rest of those guys to make those kind of hits.”
Ogletree is “starting to work his way into the lineup” and will be getting “a lot more reps,” Richt said. “He’s proved that he’s not going to make any more mistakes than any of those other guys. He’s got to the point where he understands it enough the coaches have a comfort level to let him play more.”