What Mark Richt had to say after win over Idaho State

Opening comments:

“Good to have a victory. Good to be 5-5 at this point. And we got a chance to play a couple of great football teams [the next two games]. We start out with Auburn and are looking forward to that. I know Auburn is one of the best teams in the country, so we’re looking forward to that opportunity next week.

“But today was a day I thought our defense and special teams kind of sparked our offense. I thought we were a little bit shaky in the beginning throwing and catching, but once [Aaron] Murray settled down and started hitting his target, everything started to work offensively too. Just a good team victory. I’m glad we got a lot of young guys opportunities to play, and we had a couple of older guys who hadn’t gotten a chance to play much in their careers get in there too. It’s fun to give those guys that opportunity. It means a lot to them. I’m very happy for those guys to get a chance to play and play well.”

On the three interceptions by Georgia defensive backs, including two returned for touchdowns:

“That really sparked us as a team. In that first quarter with a couple of field goals, there’s nothing wrong with that, but we feel like we could have gotten at least one touchdown on the board in the first quarter offensively. But it kind of took the defense to show the way a little bit and just spark the team. And after that, I thought the offense began to play real well. Once we got into the massive substitutions, we started punting again. But the defense definitely sparked us.”

On freshman Alec Ogletree’s first start at safety:

“When he’s been in there, he’s made plays. And he makes plays in practice. He’s a very special player, physically. He’s big; he’s strong; he’s fast. All the things that people thought about him in high school, he is that and more. He just needs the experience, so we want to continue to get him more experience and we felt like now was the time to give him a chance [to start] and see how he responds to it. … From what I saw, he did well. I don’t know if there was a lot of opportunities to make plays or make hits. A lot of their run game didn’t get past the initial wave, and not many balls got thrown downfield either. It was more quick slants and quick outs and things of that nature, so I don’t know how many opportunities he had to really make plays. But it looked like he was getting lined up right.”

Asked who Auburn quarterback Cam Newton reminds him of:

“Oh, wow. Probably a guy like Vince Young in that he’s a big man who can run and throw extremely well and also [is] playing on a football team and in a system that would allow him to be ranked No. 1 or No. 2 in the country. I don’t think there’s any doubt Vince Young elevated Texas, and I think the same is going on with Newton.”

On wide receiver Kris Durham’s status for Auburn after missing the Idaho State game with bruised lung:

“We hope Durham will be back. We do expect him to be back.”

122 comments Add your comment

Dylan

November 6th, 2010
11:29 pm

Can’t wait for Auburn!! Should be a fun, high-scoring game!!

First?

DAWG555

November 6th, 2010
11:31 pm

Sure feels a lot better tonight than it did this time last week

renegade#1

November 6th, 2010
11:31 pm

renegade#1

November 6th, 2010
11:33 pm

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renegade#1

November 6th, 2010
11:34 pm

oops wrong button

DAWG555

November 6th, 2010
11:37 pm

Haha Dylan! Looks like you are. I almost wrote “first”, but it said the article was posted at 11:17, so i thought something must be wrong with my computer. Guess they have already changed their clocks back. Looking forward to the game. Go Dawgs!

Jimmy Womack

November 6th, 2010
11:42 pm

Why do ya’ll suck?

Gator fan

November 7th, 2010
12:02 am

“Good to be 5-5….. OK hahahaha, I know the east is down, but come on Coach, .500 at the end of the season almost is never good

SatillaDawg

November 7th, 2010
12:16 am

Dawgs Bury Spuds!

Next week, Dawgs Pluck War Eagles!

Or if you prefer….Dawgs Skin Tigers!

Headley Lamar

November 7th, 2010
12:29 am

“Good to be 5-5….. OK hahahaha, I know the east is down, but come on Coach,

Its good to be 5-5 when you came into the game 4-5.

MiamiDawg

November 7th, 2010
1:07 am

Its never good to be 5-5. Any coach who thinks so should be fired, especially one who makes what $3 Million…

Stick With Richt, Bobo Gotta Go

November 7th, 2010
2:07 am

@MiamiDawg
November 7th, 2010
1:07 am

would you rather be 4-6?

Mountain Dawg

November 7th, 2010
4:13 am

I guess Richt watched a different game than I did. I saw a QB who couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn. I saw a mediocre running game with mediocre backs. I saw an inept offensive line. I saw Thomas fall down several times. I saw Cuff get burned – AGAIN.

And no, 5-5 is NOT good.

SWGeorgia

November 7th, 2010
4:54 am

wow………..a big win over Idaho State
Who the hell is Idaho State?

CvilleDawg

November 7th, 2010
5:00 am

Cuff? he actually played very well and finished with a pick 6. maybe your thinking about derek owens. I love the situation we’re gonna be playing in next weekend its always great to be a underdog. But anyways, our offense better get intact. Murray seems to be hesistant still. Hopefully we’ll be ready next weekend. God help us.

Never Thought It

November 7th, 2010
5:55 am

Never thought I would hear a UGA coach say “it’s good to be 5-5. Mark, is it good? You’re low key approach to everything makes me sick. Why didn’t you say we’re 5-5 and I don’t like it. We’re going to do everything possible to beat the next two teams. This is how low the UGA program has slipped. 5-5 is not good and is totally unacceptable to the Bulldog Nation. It’s time for you to get some fire and passion or its time for you to get out!

poopdawg

November 7th, 2010
6:05 am

Idiots! 5-5 is better than 4-6 which was the only other option out there yesterday. Its kinda of like trying to win more than 1 a year against UF .

Win P.

November 7th, 2010
6:22 am

Found UGA’s problem, we are in the wrong conference. See no real improvement, prehaps in the arrests. OB decided in the Fla. game to play like the rest of the team, occasionally. The best offensive line in the country pre season evaporated. Does Richt ever give out any useful information? He likes to deal with the obvious. An example, today is Saturday, so tommorrow will be Sunday and yesterday was probably Friday….we won so that means we didn’t lose. Some obvious things he should talk about, UGA is not a good team, we lose games we should win. We are not well prepared, usually. Our game plans vary, mostly bad. Some players are not well coached, slow to learn or both. Frequently, UGA gets out coached by the opposition during games. Thanks to La La and Idaho St., UGA is 5 & 5. In school that would be considered failing. A.J.’s message to Auburn probably gets translated into…”UGA is a joke”

Harpoon

November 7th, 2010
6:24 am

It seems like the best solution is to find the 22 guys that hate to lose the most. Then play those guys.

Buckeye

November 7th, 2010
6:29 am

Birmingham Bowl bound!

JB

November 7th, 2010
6:45 am

This I da Hoe team gave less resistance than our scout team. This meant nothing, and the NCAA ought to not allow this type game. now, Auburn. Once we get down 2-3 TD’s and Richt/Bobo abandon their dumb “Percentage down/yardage” play calling which normally results in us punting, and they HAVE to turn Murray loose,we will score some points….Enough, depends on our D. Newton can scramble, which scares me covering . If we could run the ball, I suggest we do it and eat clock.

Red

November 7th, 2010
6:54 am

To go from 1-4, to 5-5, is pretty awesome, I’m with da coach, 5-5 lookin a whole lot better dan 1-4.

Red

November 7th, 2010
6:55 am

Anybody who doesn’t think 5-5 is better than 1-4, doesn’t have a clue about football.

SadDawg

November 7th, 2010
6:57 am

“Good to have a victory. Good to be 5-5 at this point.”
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It’s good to be 5-5?

UGA may as well just trade coaches with Vandy or Duke!

Where is your football program at when your coach utters a comment like that?

You may feel good to be 5-5, Coach, but there are a few million other Dawgs who don’t . . .

SadDawg

November 7th, 2010
7:27 am

I don’t advocate firing Mark Richt. But the seemingly blind loyalists amaze me.

Apparently, it’s okay that our SEC opponents will beat us as frequently as we beat them. It’s okay that Richt will lose 8 out 10 to UF.

Let’s see is this okay. Remember, Dawg fans made fun of Tech losing to Kansas, who had lost to North Dakota State the week before? Well, that same pitiful Kansas team just put 50+ points and beat Colorado, who beat “you know who.” Yes, Colorado just lost their 5th straight game since beating UGA.

That should be hard to defend for anybody . . .

renegade#1

November 7th, 2010
7:31 am

jimmy womack why do you swallow

Flo-Ri-Duh!

November 7th, 2010
7:35 am

Murray I’m for the Dawgs but I have to tell you that good teams aren’t 5-5. Still I do think that Georgia is due some good luck and maybe the ball will bounce in to their hands and they will fall on it this time. This will be a high scoring game with lots of turnovers on both sides. Cam Newton is bigger than most LB’s and will be hard to bring down…….. good luck Dawgs.

REALIST

November 7th, 2010
7:36 am

UGA has more problems that it can cure right now. The coach has accepted OK as good enough. The fans gets excited that you beat Idaho State that has one 1 game in two years and is a FCS program. UGA has beaten 3 SEC teams with a Conf record of 2 – 15…yet as fans we scream bring on Florida or this week it changes to bring on Auburn. All wins do not count the same guys. I tis time for us fans to demand more from UGA. There is no reason why we are in the miserable place we find ourselves. Coaches shave been in place, recruiting top classes, no one has raided the coaching staff of the quality assistants (insert sarcastic comment here). There is simply no reason for the demise of UGA football. We as fans are part of the problem…Let’s all demand that it gets fixed!

BDAWG

November 7th, 2010
7:40 am

I’m glad CMR feels good about this win. He shouldn’t. It was Idaho St.. If the offense comes out the next two games and play like they did in the first quarter, we will get blown out. As for Alec Ogletree, he should’ve been in there from the beginning to get the experience because no one else in the secondary has played up to his caliber. He should also start the next two games if they want great play out of the secondary. After making that misstake with Knowshon Moreno, we should have learned something. With the way the season has gone I would have played everybody to get them the experience. Kendrum Malcome should have played because the RBs have not performed up to level. They don’t read the blocking and they don’t hit the hole quick enough. Basically with a new OC next year that will speed up the offense and actually devise a game plan for each opponent we should fair well, that is if we can actually get a talented RB to commit to this lethargic offense. The offense is too boring and too predictable and the defense has too many holes in the secondary. The team needs more enthusiasm and need to get a whole lot stronger and more physical. The RBs go down on the first hit and can’t break tackles. We are not recruiting what we need on defense and we still wait too long to offer players. The overall evaluation of talent is pathetic and we need to do a better job recruiting. Garner and Richt need to pull their heads out of their rearends and learn how to close the deal on the recruits. On recruiting Matt Jones (RB), out of Fla. 2012, he has high interest in UGA and we need to lock him in quickly. We still need to get tougher and that time will start next week with an upset win over Auburn. Go Dawgs!!!!!

BDAWG

November 7th, 2010
7:46 am

Realist, thank you for your comments. It’s about time somebody has come to their senses. Stop setteling for a mediocre team and demand a top rated team. We can’t attract any big time talent. We are not recruiting what we need. They say we need a big physical NT for the 3/4 but, I see no offers or commits for that size player and we only have one LB commit. We should have at least 4-6 Lbs coming in. Still no RBs committed and with the 3 we have, that’s not going to get it done.

RomeDawg

November 7th, 2010
7:54 am

Anyone see any similarities to this years Alabama team and the 2008 UGA team? Wal-Mart better get ready to stock Auburn apparel because you know all these fair weather ‘Bama fans need a new team to pull for. If Auburn wins out, Bama and UGA will both finish third in their side of the division. With all that being said, how many people will start to wonder if Nick Saban should be fired? Clearly he has been out coached twice this season.

PODAWGS

November 7th, 2010
7:58 am

5-5. Middle of the road football. What a shame that UGA’s football program has fallen to this level.

Flo-Ri-Duh!

November 7th, 2010
8:01 am

Saban had to replace most of his defense and both of his CB’s this year and it is showing up against good passing teams. Auburn will destroy Bama if they can get it down the field on deep balls. Of course LSU isn’t really a good passing team but Bama made them look good. Georgia will play Auburn a competitive game but they have been unlucky with turnovers all year. Georgia has to be turnover free to have a chance against Auburn. The defense just isn’t good enough yet to defend a short field like they had to against Florida in the 1st half.

TexasDawg

November 7th, 2010
8:11 am

Dawgs in the last three years have not any teams of substance. We can beat bad teams but look at CMR record record against 500 ball clubs. I don’t know what has happened but DAWGS ARE GETTING WORSE over the past years….yea the D has improved this year…we loose AJ, Duram, sec leading sac leader….I’m so tired of “wait till next year”….

TexasDawg

November 7th, 2010
8:12 am

Soory bout that….beat any teams of substance…

bigdsel

November 7th, 2010
8:13 am

at least were not 1-9. hopefully those dawgs spank up on some war tigers next weekend.
GOOO DAWGS!!!!!
I think we can beat those tiger birds. UGA is due to win a close one. all the games we lost, we were in the games till the last 3 min of the game. I think we can hang some points on Auburn, I just don’t know if our defense can slow them down enough for our offense to keep up or outscore them.

Vick=Dog killing Thug

November 7th, 2010
8:22 am

I do not feel good about 5-5 NEVER have NEVER will. I understand that CMR is saying that 5-5 feels good compared to 1-4 but he should NEVER make remarks like this. Talk about foot in your mouth???

I do have to point out that all of our loses were close games and could of gone the other way very easily. 8-2 would be nice

Gotta wonder …..

REALIST

November 7th, 2010
8:23 am

More to the point I made earlier…we fans are a major part of the problem. What makes you think UGA can play with Auburn? We lost to Colorado, we lost to Miss State, lost to SC that has proven to be a very up and down team. We lost tot he worst Florida team in nearly a decade and certainly one of the worst offenses they have fielded. UGA has shown nothing in three years to demonstrate they can beat a top program. They have not beaten a top team in years…and they do not even compete against the better teams from another conference. UGA has fallen into a dismal spot. UT plays Oregon, we get beat by Colorado. Auburn plays THE USC while they are on top, we play Idaho State, Alabama plays Va Tech, we open with La Directional. We have fallen low…very low…

wins-by-a-link

November 7th, 2010
8:24 am

This game was a warm up for Auburn, I think the Auburn game will be a good indication of how good this team is, If we get blown out then we know we are not very good but if we win we will know that the close losses were just plain bad luck and not the lack of talent or coaching. I hope for the latter.

Pago Pago Dawg

November 7th, 2010
8:25 am

5-5 for a major college program is not good. And,would some of you guys learn what a “paragraph” is, gessh.

Spike

November 7th, 2010
8:37 am

How many passes by Mason were dropped by Munziemeir? Wow. Please bench Vance Cuff. How many times does he have to get burned before he sits? How many missed tackles? I thought Mason looked pretty darned good yesterday.

Time for a Change

November 7th, 2010
8:39 am

So, Ogletree got his first start? AWESOME!! Took them long enough to realize that Bacari (I’m too much of a domesticated house cat to hit someone and I’m constantly out of position) Rambo isn’t the answer at safety!!! Well done CTG, about 8 weeks too late, but well done!! Rambo is a perfect example that not every football player with a great football name can play football. I hope enjoys that free scholarship ride and takes advantage of it, cause there ain’t no way in hell that kid is going to plat at the next level!!! Welcome Ogletree now take advantage of the opportunity that has been presented to you!

Time for a Change

November 7th, 2010
8:41 am

Oh yeah and its “Good to be 5-5″?!?!?! I mean really? When is it ever good to be 5-5? Uhhh NEVER!!! Time for a change!!

Dboy Jones

November 7th, 2010
8:53 am

Time for a change,
Ogletree didnt start in front of Rambo he started at the FS spot in from of Williams and Hamilton. I agree Rambo does have to improve tho.

tell me again

November 7th, 2010
8:58 am

Once again the beer drinking, porch sitting, did not go to UGA and never sent a dollar in donations crowd is out posting negative stuff about the game and program. This team is so close to being 9-1 and if we upset Auburn Saturday then all of you dregs will be complaining about that win too. It’s been a rough year – it got off to a bad start with the off field situations and our “soft ” schedule turned out to be filled with top 20 teams. Still, I am PROUD of the way these kids have fought back and now they have scored more points in the last 5 games than any team in UGA history…..they could have packed it in at 1 – 4 and said “Woe is us” … but they didn’t didn’t – the coaches have not quit and any fan worth listening to has not given up on them either – all of you posers who claim to be fans that never have anything good to say need to go to a college somewhere and find out what it means to be invested in an institution and its programs. Now go sit on your porch with your moon pie and beer and shut up.

really??

November 7th, 2010
9:01 am

You dummies are typically taking his statement out of context. He added “at this point.’ Do you really think Richt is happy with 5-5 overall? He’s talking about being 5-5 after starting 1-4 and with all the things that have gone wrong this season. If you want to criticize Richt, at least use half your brain, and find something real/

edumacated

November 7th, 2010
9:04 am

You fans who got all optimistic about beating that high school team yesterday need to get real. Mark Richt needs to prepare for the certainty of an embarrassment in Auburn. I can hear him now…..”they are a great team, we showed some improvements, we are going to get back to work for GT, the goal now is to win our last game…..blah, blah.” This team has made no significant improvement from what we saw in week one.

edumacated

November 7th, 2010
9:07 am

tell me again,

“This team is so close to being 9-1″

What in the world are you smoking? That is the absolute dumbest thing anyone has posted all year.

SadDawg

November 7th, 2010
9:11 am

“…..all the things that have gone wrong this season.”
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Other than AJ missing 4 games, what has gone wrong? No significant injuries. Few penalties. In the plus in turnovers.

The only thing that has gone wrong this season is all of the losing, especially to Colorado. That’s very “wrong.”

And if we are blaming no AJ in the lineup for three of the losses, what’s gonna happen next season without AJ, Durham, or Justin Houston?

Time for a Change

November 7th, 2010
9:12 am

Want to voice your opinion about the state of the BullDawg nation? Here is the email of President Adams – presuga@uga.edu

Now in order to get the point across don’t be ignorant and just blast a bunch of rambling crap in your email. Simply state how unsatisfied you are with the program and ask for a change to be made! Ignorant ranting emails will get deleted I can guarantee it. He will read your email as long as you are respectful.

Time for a change people!! Voice your opinions!!