Mark Richt: Georgia a young team that ‘will get better exponentially’

Here’s some quotes from players and coaches after Georgia’s 45-42 loss to South Carolina Saturday night at Sanford Stadium. . . .

Georgia Head Coach Mark Richt:

“That was an exciting game. The score didn’t turn out the way we wanted. Losing is no fun.”

“South Carolina is a tremendous team, and I think Georgia’s a darn good team if we don’t help the opponent too much.”

“As head coach, I saw an awful lot of great ingredients in this game. I saw a lit fight from our guys, I saw some outstanding plays at crunch time, I saw banged-up guys sucking it up and going. I saw I a lot of resiliency. We can be very good football team, we just had too many giveaways.”

“I thought we kept fighting. We took the lead a couple of times and never gave in. The clock just ran out on us, basically.”

“I wouldn’t say we’re young across the board, but we have enough young people we’re counting on that we’ll get better exponentially.”

“I think the Eastern Division will be decided down the road and I think we’re going to be in the middle of it. I think everybody needs to wait and let it play out.”

“There were so many bad things that happened to us, it would’ve been easy to lay down and die, but we didn’t.”

On play Murray was sacked and fumbled . . .

“We had a slip screen called and their five technique [tackle] went inside and I don’t think Cordy [Glenn] got a hand on him. If you’re gonna get sacked, you get sacked. But Murray had to hold onto the ball there.”

On Isaiah Crowell . . .

“Isaiah is a dynamic player. He got busted in the ribs early in the game and had a hard time breathing. He showed some toughness to be able to finish.”

“We’ve definitely been through some really tough games, games that take a lot of guts, energy and games where you need the majority of things to go right to get the victories. We lost and we understand that. But we’re going to be a  good football team. We’re resilient enough to shake it off and make the corrections.”

On throwing his head phones and play cards . . .

“I guess I wanted to show people that I could get mad. I threw them pretty far, too. If I had a visor on I would have slammed it down.”

“We have a tight-knit group. Our guys love each other and believe in each other. We will tweak a couple of things and be in good shape. The future is still very bright. We’ve just got to do things to get results on the scoreboard.”

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier:

“I’ve never won a game like this that I can remember,” Gamecocks head coach Steve Spurrier said. “Georgia outplayed us. Give them credit, they outplayed us, but somehow or another we won the game. Sometimes it happens like that. Somebody was looking out for us tonight.”

QB Aaron Murray

On the interception…

“I think I just threw it a little behind Orson [Charles]. There was pressure, it was a tight window, and you have to put those right on the money, and I didn’t. The defender made a great play on it.”

On the game…

“I think we had great plays on both sides of the ball. We had some great plays on offense, and the defense had some awesome plays. We just gave up too many big plays and those mistakes hurt us. We can be a great football team, we have a ton of talent on both sides of the ball, but those four turnovers hurt us.”

On the miscues . . .

“Every mistake we made was big. It stinks to five points away in a ballgame like that. We gave away 28 points tonight. You can’t do that in any game, much less an SEC game.”

TB Isaiah Crowell:

“I hate to lose, but we have to deal with it. We have to come out this week and be ready to work. There isn’t time to put our heads down.”

On what happened on the fumble . . .

“I made a small pocket and the ball hit my hand. It was my fault. I should’ve made a bigger pocket.”

On being put back on the field after the fumble…

“I learned that they have confidence in me. [The fumble] was my fault. I told them it wouldn’t happen again. It was nice to get back out there so I could try to redeem myself.”

On the outlook for the season . . .

“The window is still open to win the East and that’s what we’re focused on.”

LB Christian Robinson:

On the game…

“They made some great plays, and we didn’t do what we needed to do. It’s disappointing, but we’re going to go back to the film room, look at our mistakes and get better.”

On critics…

“It’s our job to get the job done, and we didn’t do that today. It’s not the coaches, it’s us. We played our hearts out and just didn’t finish. I’m looking forward to getting back out there.”

CB/KR Brandon Boykin

On mood in the locker room after the loss…

“People were disappointed, but no matter what, we all know that we have to come back on Monday ready to work. We know that we’re capable of winning a lot of games, and winning close games. We’re ready to get back out on the field.”

On kickoff returns…

“I told [the team] before the game that I was going to give all I got. The blockers did a great job of opening the holes, and I just got myself through the holes. I was happy I was able to give the offense good field position.”

OLB Jarvis Jones:

If you play this game long enough you’re going to lose a game like this. It’s tough. This is the SEC. You make mistakes and good teams are going to capitalize on it and that’s what they did.”

546 comments Add your comment

Rodney Johnson

September 10th, 2011
10:56 pm

LOL – To hell with UGA! Buncha excuse-making losers!!

Ronnie

September 10th, 2011
10:57 pm

Go Dawgs. Never forgetting 9/11/01 sure puts football into perspective. Lose a game, Life goes on. Never give up. The players are not publicly blaming anyone but themselves (Crowell’s ownership of the fumble). Adversity makes you stronger. When times are always good, you never find out what you are made of. By the way, losing stinks.

ATLDAWG87

September 10th, 2011
11:00 pm

GOOD TO HEAR THAT EVERYBODY IS STAYING POSITVE AND IS READY TO GET BACK AT IT

ATLDAWG87

September 10th, 2011
11:01 pm

sandiegodawg

September 10th, 2011
11:01 pm

Dawgs showed me something tonight- last week they looked lost. A strong finish could easily erase these early losses. Do Work Dawgs.

Harold

September 10th, 2011
11:01 pm

Taco

September 10th, 2011
11:04 pm

I guess Boise could easily win the East? Good moral victory.

Chris

September 10th, 2011
11:05 pm

Crowell looks like the real deal. Defense is great! A lot of young talent! Let richt use this talent for 2 more years before we think about firing him. Looked good today. Sadly the ball didnt bounce our way. GOOD JOB DAWGS!!!! WIN OUT FINISH THE DRILL

Kramer

September 10th, 2011
11:06 pm

Tough loss. However, we played with heart and never gave up. Just too many mistakes. I’m behind the team 100%. last week, not so much.

RedandBlackDAWG

September 10th, 2011
11:06 pm

Those guys played their guts ouit tonight and I am proud of them. The Ol was probably the most improved unit out there tonight and did a terrific job most of the game. Take away one pick and UGA has the victory. S.C. is really not that good, so I think the East division is still wide open. UGA has just got to cut down on the mishaps and they will win. They put forth the effort tonight and the mistakes they made cost them the game. They out played S.C. tonight but sometimes, it doesn’t matter. It is not a moral victory because there is no such thing in football, but it should boost the morale of the entire team.
Anybody that says Crowell is not going to be great is kidding themselves. This kid is going to be a great one before he leaves for the NFL.
It also seemed tonight that CMR had a little fire with him. That had to help the team because they never gave up. They know they could have one it with one more break or one less mistake.

GO DAWGS and GATA

stendek

September 10th, 2011
11:07 pm

Look for Mark Wretch to ballyhoo wins over inferior opponents to compile a smoke and mirrors mark. The two tests true Dawgs fans were interested in have already passed. Both were dismal failures! One was lost shot at return to prominence. Other was SEC killer! True Dawg fans know rest of season is just playing out string. That is the truth!

Chandler going Deep..

September 10th, 2011
11:07 pm

“The Ship Be sinkin”….

KJ

September 10th, 2011
11:07 pm

Awesome that the first comment on all these blogs is from some dimwit troll… warms the heart to know they have no life on a Saturday night.

Has it been mentioned that the best receiver on the field had ZERO catches? And the only time he was thrown to, he shouldn’t have been thrown to (interception). There’s no excuse for that, whatsoever.

just a fan

September 10th, 2011
11:08 pm

The whole team looked better tonight than from last week. We gave up too many big plays but overall the players played well and the coaches came with a good game plan. I am disappointed with the loss but I am encouraged for the rest of the season especially if we can continue to improve from week to week the way we did tonight. Go Dawgs GATA

T2go

September 10th, 2011
11:08 pm

Mistakes cost them today…that said I am proud of the way these guys played. They never quit. I will root for a team like this all day! Go Dawgs!

washking

September 10th, 2011
11:08 pm

Am i the only person that notices that when its “down and 1″ that Bobo calls a pass, like 90% of time??? what happened to GA run on 1st, run on 2nd, and then fake em out and run on 3rd…. or how about an occasional pass to a TE which does not mean O Charles running a post

Web Masters

September 10th, 2011
11:10 pm

“will get better exponentially’”…(once I’m gone), said the troubled coach.

LakeDawg

September 10th, 2011
11:10 pm

Richt has this year only. Moral victories don’t count.

Mark (I want to be their friend) Richt

September 10th, 2011
11:10 pm

fire this clown!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It’s always a young team! He is a nice guY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! F’ there million of nice in America and anyone of them would of be a better coach then him!

Web Masters

September 10th, 2011
11:11 pm

‘GOOD TO HEAR THAT EVERYBODY IS STAYING POSITVE AND IS READY TO GET BACK AT IT”

Scott Howard, would you please quit yelling all the time?

Happy Warrior

September 10th, 2011
11:12 pm

I certainly hope this makes it to the team…..
Guys as you all know by now, UGA fan hate to lose. With that said, y’all played one hell of a game tonight!!! I am proud of the entire team. C.Robinson, I.Crowell, J.Jones, A.Jones, M.Mitchell, and B.Boykin just to name a few. Y’all never quit. Turnovers, and special teams is where we need work. Go Dawgs!! TEAM-me

Jim Moron

September 10th, 2011
11:12 pm

playoffs.. PLAYOFFS??

kydawg

September 10th, 2011
11:12 pm

For once…Spurrier is right…we did outplay them. But we turned the ball over and had a meltdown on their fake punt. No excuses…it all adds up to an “L”.

Jay

September 10th, 2011
11:13 pm

I agree with Chris. We grew up alot and as I read on ESPN.com we’re the only team starting the season with 2 Top 15 oponents. I think we’ll be fine. SC is a good team and Boise is a great team (okay I am a believer now). I think we’ll be fine. Not sure if we’re an 8 or 9 win team but we definitely have the talent and heart to win against anyone else on the schedule. I definitely believe that the play calling was MUCH better than any I’ve seen on both sides of the ball in the last 3 years. Great response Dawgs. If we grow between 2 & 3 as much as between 1 & 2… we’ll be a force by year’s end.

Swingman912

September 10th, 2011
11:13 pm

Aaron Murray should take responsiblity fort this L. The fumble he had sealed the game. Can’t make those plays as UGA’s leader…Crowell had that “factor back” mentality. If Richt doesn’t start him, he’s an idiot…Defense had to stop the run! I know Lattimore is a stud, but Boise State RB found holes the same way. Secondary did ok, but our front seven gotta get to the runners……CHUUUUUUCH.

WnE's Big Brother

September 10th, 2011
11:13 pm

A moral victory is still a loss no matter how you spin it. Mark Richt loses the big game, end of story.

army dog

September 10th, 2011
11:17 pm

Let show support for the Richt..Team played better. Future looks bright. They played two great teams. We should have beat the SC. Last week I was upset as well but I loved the effort tonight. Our runningback Crowell is going to be great along with Mitchell.

llf

September 10th, 2011
11:18 pm

I am very pleased with the strong effort from the team. If they continue that effort, and clean up the problems with protecting the ball, they’ll win a lot of games. As Coach Irk Russell would say, “Gentlemen (and Linemen), you showed tremendous fight today.”

Almost doesn't cut it

September 10th, 2011
11:18 pm

The problem at Georgia, I think, is that it has become a program that lives off ‘what could have been’ and not wins and losses. The fans get excited over the potential, and year after year, settle for medicrity. You don’t see the Alabama’s, LSUs and Florida’s accepting losing, even when they outplay their opponents, but lose the game.

Georgia played much better tonight but that still doesn’t change the fact that our coaching staff is mediocre, at best. I love Coach Richt and the class act that he is, but he is paid to win games, and his record over the past 4 years tells the story. Time for a new regime. No more “let’s give him another year or 2 with these players”. The story will be the same 2 years from now.

Kramer

September 10th, 2011
11:18 pm

I find comfort in knowing that all of you whining and crying could do better…both as a coach or a player. Right. Tech needs fans. Buh bye.

icedawg

September 10th, 2011
11:19 pm

The score is really all that counts and UGA has been coming up on the short end in the big games most of the time over the past few years. Time for a total makeover in the coaching section.

FLA DAWG

September 10th, 2011
11:19 pm

How many more excuses can Richt come up with?

Sickening, absolutely sickenting.

Athens Dawg

September 10th, 2011
11:19 pm

I know we lost, but I feel good about our team. We can get on a roll here with this schedule coming up. Crowell should be the starter from now on. No doubt about it. If he gets the ball 30 times a game, he’ll carry us to an SEC title. I expect SC to lose more than 1 SEC game. This season is not over by any means. We can still go to the SEC title.

gabloger

September 10th, 2011
11:20 pm

Ricth been saying this for years only no SEC title no Job go Ricth and Bilbo time to let someone else have a shot…

LakeDawg

September 10th, 2011
11:21 pm

You only get so many opportunities to win the game that will turn the program around. CMR is running out of mulligan’s. UGA might have forgotten how to win.However, the turn-around and game plan was a shock to me. Kudos to CMR and Bobo. Just wondering why they didn’t do that against Boise. And that is the crux of it with CMR. He was desparate this week, so he scrimmaged TWICE and UGA ran out of the I and established the run. After UGA runs off about 4 wins in a row against this easy schedule, he will revert back to not scrimmaging in practice and throwing out of the shotgun every down. That’s when he will lose to someone he’s not supposed to lose too and why he won’t beat UF or AU. However, tonights performance gives him the right to try to make something of the seasdon and save his job. I just don’t think he will do it. I hope I’m wrong.

icedawg

September 10th, 2011
11:21 pm

Again UGA did not get the job done on either side of the ball. No excuses. What ifs or could have beens do not change the won-loss record.

Jim Moron

September 10th, 2011
11:21 pm

2-10 last 12 played against Rank teams….. SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

dawgman

September 10th, 2011
11:22 pm

wake up people if UGA doesn’t make a change they will never win a NC game… USC had trouble with that little school they played last week…. Let Ricth take his gang of buddies and go back 2 Flordia

HaHaHa

September 10th, 2011
11:22 pm

HAHAHA the whinning an dpain is such music to my ears. You are a bunch of pathetic trailer monkeys.

Richt's tired excuses

September 10th, 2011
11:23 pm

“This team is young”…..

When will he say “I am not doing a good job and my faith won’t let me keep taking your money”

mcg dawg

September 10th, 2011
11:23 pm

Saw some heart that was missing last week. All you posers go ahead and get your shots in now. Dawgs aren’t finished just yet!

KC

September 10th, 2011
11:23 pm

I was really dissappointed after last week’s game. After todays game not so much. I think we improved by leaps and bounds just had too many costly turnovers. This team showed me a lot of potential and heart. If we can keep improving going forward and hold onto the ball then there’s no doubt in my mind that we will win the majority of our remaining games. One last point that I hope our coaches take to heart is ALWAYS be ready for a fake punt. It seems almost always we get suckered in on the fake punt. Keep your heads up DAWGS and GATA.

Kramer

September 10th, 2011
11:23 pm

See above. Cheese with that whine?

LakeDawg

September 10th, 2011
11:23 pm

9-3 minimum or he should be gone. Moral victories don’t count.

Almost doesn't cut it

September 10th, 2011
11:24 pm

We still lost! Every year he has young players to work with! He had Stafford and Moreno, and still couldn’t win the big games! When will you people stop making excuses and raise the bar high enough for us to once again be considered an elite SEC team? We have lost the respect we once had! We’re no longer GEORGIA!

I’m sick and tired of hearing the excuses!

Kramer

September 10th, 2011
11:25 pm

Hang on, I’ll call the whambulance.

Web Masters

September 10th, 2011
11:26 pm

“doesn’t change the fact that our coaching staff is mediocre, at best. I love Coach Richt … but he is paid to win games, . Time for a new regime. No more “let’s give him another year or 2 with these players”. The story will be the same 2 years from now.”

Lots of crossover between Braves fans and Bullfrog fans. That’s the only explanation for Choir boy and Booby.

Ronaldus Hyattus

September 10th, 2011
11:27 pm

“We’re no longer GEORGIA!”

…and you haven’t been for 30 years.

Dawg Days

September 10th, 2011
11:27 pm

I’m proud of the team today even in defeat. I thought we dominated the game and lost it on 4 plays. Run defense was good today. Offense scored points and left some on the field. Jarvis Jones is a beast. Crowell ran well. Glad to see more of Figgins as a lead blocker and cathing balls out of the backfield. I like the sweep plays when Figgins is the lead blocker. Receivers had a few drops on catchable balls. Cordy Glenn definitely wiffed the block on Murray’s fumble.

Jim Moron

September 10th, 2011
11:29 pm

We’re proud to loose again?