Q&A: Georgia coach Mark Richt just happy to be back in win column

THEY SAID IT

Georgia Head Coach Mark Richt:

“It was good to get a W. A lot of good things happened today because a lot of good things have been happening along, but today we got it in the win column. I think we have a very good team. Today, they did about as well as we can ask them to do.”

“I was proud of the way we came out in the second half. We were able to sub freely and give a lot of guys an opportunity to play. Everybody covets scrimmage downs. That was a good opportunity for them. I think the young guys played well.”

“We have faith in our guys on offense to run the high tempo. There are a lot of benefits from going high tempo, and we’ll continue to do that and master that. We’ll keep getting better as the season goes along.”

“The (backups) were so thankful to get in the game and show what they can do. Games like this are nice for all the men.”

“The goal today (for the defense) was to not let them get started. We did not want their quarterback to get it going. We wanted to dominate the line of scrimmage and not give them much space. If we did that, we thought we could frustrate them and have this kind of day.”

“What was good (in the season opener) was playing in the Dome in a big-time environment away from home. It was a meaningful game with people in the stands and national television. So because of that, we have a better idea of how to handle things on the road. Historically, we’ve done well on the road in the SEC, and we hope we can keep doing that.”

Georgia players . . .

  • QB Aaron Murray:

“Today was a great game and really got some guys fired up. I think we’re ready to get back into SEC play and get going again. We have a lot of guys playing great football right now, and we think we can play with anyone.”

“All down the line, people were making plays — whether it be first team guys, second team guys or third team guys. Guys went out and competed hard.”

“We try to have a different pace and mix it up. The goal is to go as fast as possible, but I thought the tempo today was good and we’re just going to try to get better.”

  • WR Tavarres King:

“We’re really excited. We’re just going to try to keep getting better and keep making big plays. We feel like we’re a  good team and can play with anyone.”

“We have a really talented group of receivers — I’ve said it since day one. We have five or six guys that can get out there and make plays. ”

  • CB/KR Brandon Boykin:

“We wanted to compete hard the entire game on offense and defense. We wanted to stop them as many times as we could, and score as many times as we could, and that’s what we did.”

  • FS Bacarri Rambo:

“The defense did a great job. We went out there, got off the field, and gave the offense chance to score. . . . I think it’s important that we got our confidence back. There were a lot of people doubting us, and we all came together and came out and played a good, physical game. I was proud of the effort.”

  • Coastal Carolina Head Coach David Bennett:

“Georgia is the team we thought they were. After watching the film and studying, we had the ultimate respect for them. We had a lot of mistakes against a really good team. They are a mighty good team and we think the world of Coach Richt and wish the team the best of luck. We learned a lot about our team this week, but we will turn our focus to our opponent for next week and hopefully correct some of the mistakes that we made.”

“It is important for each of our players to experience this type of game. It is the type of the game that we can put some players in and see what they can do and how they respond. I think overall our team handled the atmosphere very well. They didn’t let it get to them and I think they will really learn for this and be ready for the rest of the season.”

“Our running game got better this week but we have work to do though. You have to be balanced to be successful and we have some work to do. I’m trying to teach this team to turn a negative into a positive. It could have been 90-0 but it wasn’t. Our kids kept playing and didn’t let that happen.”

“Games like this help the university and we want the football program to help the university as much as possible. It gives us some exposure that we normally don’t get. I do wish we could have played better though.”

71 comments Add your comment

TampaDawg

September 17th, 2011
11:58 pm

Big Wally Butts

September 18th, 2011
12:09 am

Energy Vampire in Need of a Life

September 18th, 2011
12:11 am

Maybe the Dawgs should drop down to 1-AA so that they can become more competitive.

Big Wally Butts

September 18th, 2011
12:15 am

Nice to see the kids get a reward for all of their effort during the off-season. I expect that they will get to .500 next week unless Ole Miss is really po’d after the Vandy game, which could make them dangerous. Hard to believe Vandy is 3 and 0.

dawggirl

September 18th, 2011
12:20 am

I was at the game wearing my red and black. Pleased to be back in the win column. One step at a time. Let’s have a good week of practice, then go to Oxford and take care of business.

TampaDawg

September 18th, 2011
12:39 am

Yeah, Vandy at 3-0 means an apocalypse could be on the way. Like the extra work that some of the backups got in this game too. Could have been used as a way to pile up stats for starters but instead the smarter move was made.

jim from Atlanta

September 18th, 2011
12:56 am

Hmmm! !!!–St Pius HS could have won that game–premadonna coaches and players–only win this year–Boo-Hoo

Frank Lane

September 18th, 2011
1:19 am

Four good things today: Defense gave up zero points and did not let down. Lots of back ups got to play. No injuries that I know of. Still did not use all of our weapons. Samuels did not play. Boo Malcom only one play, etc.

WestCoast Dawg

September 18th, 2011
1:31 am

Proud of the TEAM effort. GO DAWGS!!!

bking42

September 18th, 2011
2:13 am

Aaron Murray should have been 90% passing against this team…He under/overthrew receivers all day and still tried to force balls to Orson(we all know you’re best friends) when he was covered by 3 guys…He should have thrown 3 picks today, but they had frying pan hands and couldn’t catch the ball…Wooten had 3 steps on a guy in the front corner of the endzone and he underthrew him by 5 yards…this same thing happened all last year and the 2 preceeding games….UGA is gonna be in serious trouble if our QB doesn’t get his head out of his ass and start correcting problems he should have dealt with 3 games into last year…not this year….Unnecessary mistakes and slow starts in halves will be the downfall in games….Go Dawgs

bugsquacher

September 18th, 2011
2:58 am

1ST – Good win Dawgs!

But what does it really mean? Does it mean we are a contender in the SEC? Probably not. Does it mean we can contend with second tier divison one teams? Probably. Is this where the Dawg Nation wants to be? Probably not. Should we expect more out of the Georgia football program? Yes. Why? 1- one of the top football facilities in the country, 2- great booster and fan contributions and support, 3- great recruiting classes …. just to name a few. The facts speak for themselves, we are trending down, we are not feared in the SEC, we are known as a team which cant finish. LOOK AT THE FACTS…… they cant be disputed….
1-GEORGIA is a combined 0-5 against Top 25 teams in 2010 and 2011
2- GEORGIA has lost 10 of its last 12 against ranked teams. (2-10 record)
3- GEORGIA is now 15-14 in his last 29 games
4-GEORGIA is 6-10 in the past 16 SEC games.
5- GEORGIA is 3-5 in their last 8 games going back to last season
6- GEORGIA has won 1 of it last 4. (and it wasnt a powerhouse we beat today)

LETS SEE WHAT NEXT WEEK BRINGS WITH MISSISSIPPI

Jeff

September 18th, 2011
6:20 am

TV was showing the Georgia score right after Ole Miss vs Vanderbilt game. That speaks volumes. t appears now that those that back CMR have decided to attack the fan base that wants to hold him and his staff accountable. I heard the AD and pretty much the entire radio crew state that you just cannot make 10% happy. Unlike a lot of fans who break their team colors out when they do well I wear mine year round and I don’t need paid employees questioning my loyalty or the fams that are tired of seeing this talented team coached down. I’m not impressed with a victory over Coastal Carolina. This was an expensive practice game. Nothing more. Beat a ranked team. Beat teams on your schedule that you’re suppose to beat. Earn that three million dollars plus that you’ve been taking to the bank and quit with the playing the victim.

Nub

September 18th, 2011
6:45 am

Would be great if someone that went to the game share their estimate of attendance …. Thanks

Dennis

September 18th, 2011
6:52 am

Whow! Did what we needed to do? Navy put a scare into USC. Is Navy similar to UGA or did USC have a bad game. All teams even out and get better as the year unfolds. Ole Miss losing to Vandy has nothing to do with next week. UGA is in for some tough games where the last drive or the last stop will dictate the season. The character and the makeup of this team will be seen in guts with the game on the line, and possibly next week.

That's right

September 18th, 2011
8:27 am

Navy was supposed to be an easy game for Carolina to rest ,like Coastal was for Georgia. Instead Carolina had to fight till the end and run Lattimore over 30 times. Lattimore couldn’t take the beating last year and missed several games which were all loses. Take Vandy this week against a tired beat up Carolina. Georgia is back in it in the East.

They Serve Gruel In Prison

September 18th, 2011
8:29 am

Jeff and “fans” like Jeff,

There is a difference between holding people “accountable” and hurting the program with silly posts and comments. If you have ever played or coached football you would know there are so many variables that go into the game that it is not as simple as wins and losses.

CMR can still coach and UGA should be thankful to have him….right now everyone is jumping on the Dan Mullen bandwagon…..these same jacklegs who criticize Bobo for running so much spread (which I also do not like) will get that all the time with Mullen….give CMR and these kids a chance before you call for CMR’s firing.

AugustaDawg

September 18th, 2011
8:39 am

Where is marlon brown???

Go_Bravos

September 18th, 2011
8:53 am

I wouldn’t say everyone is on the Mullen bandwagon. I would rather UGA went after TCU’s Patterson or BSU Peterson as my top 2 choices. It just seems like in every big game Coach Richt and his staff get out-coached. Seems like the last few years the Dawgs find a way to lose the game and always seem underprepared, i.e. the 1st play of the season and what do we get? A penalty of course and just a sloppy game altogether. Against SC, same mistakes that have plagued UGA for years. Seems like with all the time to prepare Richt never has the Dawgs ready to go. GO DAWGS GO BRAVES

He keeps forcing it to OC

September 18th, 2011
9:01 am

AM is very uncomfortable throwing, unless he can find O Charles and when he does, he often tries to force it. AM is too short, nervous and too highly charged with emotions to win at the big boy level desired by UGA fans. His balls sail high or wide and he looks foolish with his bad throws.

He must win out for anyone to consider him even worthy of mention as a UGA QB after two uneventful seasons, so far At UGA. He has not won a big game yet. If he wins them all from here on out or maybe we drop one more and he wins out, then he will have become only an average SEC QB at 9-3, ………………….. oh hum, here comes the Fil A Bowl again vs Maryland or mighty NC State or FSU. He will not be revered with this type of lack luster career performance. He does have two more seasons, as he will not ever be NFL bound.

The great ones win championships like Belue or D Green or DJ Shockly or Mike Cavan or many others, like Ray Goff. So far AM is over rated and over hyped. Hell, John Lastinger was a winner QB as one clear example. 10-9 always in Dallas.

Orson Charles has ALSO shown nothing so far. He too is vastly over rated and over hyped. I would use him as a fullback or tail back for depth. THAT would be a great move.

UGA class of 71 & 73

Joey

September 18th, 2011
9:13 am

Maybe Murray will get a cramp in some game and Richt has to play Hutson Mason. Murray would never get his job back. Mason is much taller, has a stronger arm and appears to be much more accurate. Murray’s accuracy seems to come and go.

Old Dawg

September 18th, 2011
9:13 am

You never know with Navy, especially if its option game is effective. Most teams struggle against the option, even if they have all summer or an off week to prepare for it.

If you’ll remember, UGA struggled against Georgia Southern’s option in the opener of David Green and David Pollack senior seasons and many other teams have had an extremely difficult time stopping Air Force and Navy through the years.

The fact that SC struggled offensively is somewhat of a mystery, but it wasn’t very effective against Georgia either. I guess the Force is no longer with Darth Visor.

Jerry

September 18th, 2011
9:23 am

A win is a win… I believe this team does have the players to compete with any team in the SEC, but only time will tell. My hope is that they do somehow win the east and play the SEC west division winner in the Dome in Atlanta. Win that game and they are back in the National spotlight.

It would nice if this happened and they got to play in a solid bowl game with some experience in winning tough games at the end of the year.

I want to commend the defensive coaches for the new defensive schemes they installed at times, and it will make Georgia’s defense more unpredictable. They played a great game!!

Good job to Mason in relief of Murray.Both of you played well and the offensive line is hopefully becoming more of a hard nosed unit as indicated by their play. Great job all-around to the offense.

Really like what I see in the wr’s and the rb’s are starting to make an impression. It’s all got to continue and spill over onto the up-coming opponents games with wins or it will not matter.

A FAN ALWAYS !!!!!

Once again, I am happy for the coaches, players and fans for this win regardless of the opponent.
Sometimes all you need is a moment of winning that can take a team all the way. I still I’m hoping for some trademark wins to bring Georgia back on the national scene.

As a fan, I thrilled you won and I still believe if you play to the players abilities and really come together it will go well this season. I was especially glad that some of the back-up’s got to play.

I hope someday to see Malcome get into a game for some time. I still believe he and the other backs can really help, if given the opportunity.

Go Dawgs!!!!

Dawgs Roll!

September 18th, 2011
9:24 am

Mark this down—after that huge blowout win the Dawgs are back! Ga can run the table—ole miss, miss state? Terrible. Auburn, Florida, Tennessee? Don’t have much. Tech? Get real. The Dawgs will finish 10-2!

Dawg Tired

September 18th, 2011
9:33 am

I’m thinking we should join the Big South Conference.

Dawg Man

September 18th, 2011
9:34 am

IT WAS COASTAL CAROLINA

Jordan

September 18th, 2011
9:35 am

GA Fan

September 18th, 2011
9:38 am

Since Richt has been at UGA , when the line in Vegas is 3 pts for GA or Against GA , Richt has a below 500 winning percentage

old dawg fan

September 18th, 2011
9:45 am

Yea Glad to be back in the win column-how great-we beat a High School Team!!! I watched the Florida/Tenn game-we don’t have a prayer against the Gators. We might beat Tenn since their “best receiver” went down. I am predicting we will be right at .500 this year and then “maybe then” Adams will send the “entire coaching staff” home!!!!

sign up

September 18th, 2011
9:53 am

Timbodog

September 18th, 2011
9:53 am

The Richt apologists are, as always, unbelievable.

After that great win, I guess I should be thanking God we have such a great coach at the helm, right?

After watching yesterday’s games, we will lose to Vandy, Tennessee, Florida, Miss State, Tech, and Navy if we had to play them.

But the good news is we looked good against a 1AA team…and we will probably beat Ole Miss.

THE Dixie Redcoat Band

September 18th, 2011
9:56 am

Navy almost beat USC in their house. And we can’t beat USC in our house!
The Gators are back…

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

September 18th, 2011
10:05 am

After re-watching the FL game we will lose AGAIN!!! in Jacksonville

but ol Energy Vampire / Dream Team Richt will stir up the fans and say its not fair we have to play in Jacksonville

Whats not fair coach Richt 40,000 UGA fans and 40,000 FL fans playing in a city since the 1930’s

Stop blaming the venue coach and look in the mirror

UGA Die Hard

September 18th, 2011
10:20 am

Let’s see…Tennessee had 23 first downs vs Florida’s 17. Tennessee had 288 yards passing against Florida. Florida had 213 yards passing and 80 of that came on one play. Florida only had 134 yards rushing; 3.4 yard per rush. Florida had 16 penalties for 150 yards! Tennessee’s best player was injured in the first 5 minutes and couldn’t play the rest of the game. Tennessee had negative -9 yards rushing. Georgia lost to one of the best teams and quarterbacks in the nation and played great on offense and defense against the 12th ranked team in the nation. Take away one of the mistakes UGA made in that game (which they will do in the future) and they beat SC.

I think UGA has a great chance to beat FL and Tenn and run the table. Go Dawgs!

Timbodog

September 18th, 2011
10:22 am

You’re acting like SC is some great team. Did you watch them yesterday? That was NAVY who nearly beat them.

So we’re about on par with Navy right now.

pffft

September 18th, 2011
10:50 am

no your almost on par with navy right now.

Browndog

September 18th, 2011
10:51 am

One game at a time, then judge the results at the end of the year.

Jeff in Columbus

September 18th, 2011
10:52 am

I love the dawgs, always will, but I am done with this regime at UGA. It blows me away reading these comments that we need to give Richt a chance…FOR THE PAST 3 SEASONS WE”VE BEEN DOING EXACTLY THAT!! The spiral downward began in 2008 and has picked up speed at a tremdous rate since. The same ways we lose games today are the same ways we’ve lost for the past 5 years. I’ll pull for my dawgs each and every week, but I am done with teh excuses for richt and ready to make the changes necessary to get GA back to being relevant in the SEC and nation.

Jeff in Columbus

September 18th, 2011
10:55 am

Anf for anyone who thinks we are going to win out needs a history lesson…You know and I know that we are not beating FL. Doesn’t matter if we have the better tealent team or whatever, Richt has provrd he cannot beat these guys. Studying your history is a great way in learning what’s around the corner.

pffft

September 18th, 2011
10:56 am

a well needed win to stop the bleeding, but not an indicator that the dawgs will run the table to get into the NC game. seriously do you want them to beat 3-4 teams they shouldn’t and be stuck with this coaching staff which will bring you yearly 7 win seasons? its nice to be optimistic and support your team, but they beat up a high school team like they should have.

Anon

September 18th, 2011
11:02 am

Did Boykin tackle anybody???

RedandBlackDawg

September 18th, 2011
11:27 am

Dixie Redcoat Band,

You really think that the win yesterday proves the Gators are back. They had better hope they don’t get their two running backs hurt or they are in big trouble. They don’t appear to have a legititmate WR and the QBG to consistently get a ball to them, if they did.
Tenn. has a fairly good QB, who is prone to getting happy feet, and slinging a ball, lord knows where. They have no RB’s and only had one WR available. They are a young team, but it appears they have a ways to go yet. I don’t think, based on yesterdays game, you can say Florida stepped it up and is back. They have problems also.
It appears to me that UGA, Tenn, and Florida are all in the rebuilding stage. S’C’ is no sure bet for the SEC EAST crown based on what they have shown so far. Teams can move the ball thorugh the air on them. The East appears to be wide open, but no matter what, I don’t think any East Conference team, would hold up well against Alabama, LSU and possibly Ark.

GO DAWGS and GATA

UGA Alumnus

September 18th, 2011
11:40 am

Not supporting this team isn’t going to usher in a new coaching staff. A vocal Bulldawg nation has been grumbling about the coaching staff for the past 3 season and it didn’t bring a change.

We don’t have control over who keeps their job and who loses their job in UGA athletics.

The only thing we can control is the quality of our fandom. Being bad fans does nothing but bring the players down.

Let’s step it up and raise up our team. Let’s go Bulldog Nation. Let’s show our support; Win, Lose, or Draw.

Go Dawgs!!!

RICHT'S A BUM

September 18th, 2011
11:50 am

Richt is still a bum who can only win against “high school” teams. Richt, this is not Class 2-A football, you idiot.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

September 18th, 2011
12:04 pm

I like the comment of a certain team loses their RB they have no one

Just like if UGA loses Crowel. And who do we have

Ken Malcolm is in the dawghouse for the year so please inform me of our next RB who is good enough to play

And no one is saying the Gaterds are back just that the way they are playing they are going to win the East.

SC has shown nothing but carrying rabbits feet, and 4 leaf clovers in their back pockets the way they have played the first 3 games

UGA has no D-line and that was shown yesterday when they cannot even pressure a middle schools team QB just like they showed against Boise and SC and who knows what playbook we will bring to a game

richmondDawg

September 18th, 2011
12:27 pm

Regretfully, I have to agree with some of the comments about AM and his lack of accuracy, and with his holding the ball too long…Mason has a nice quick release, and shows a lot of composure in the pocket…would love to see him get some time against an SEC squad to see what he could do….You never know until you get em out on the field…

Irrigation Specialist

September 18th, 2011
12:31 pm

Did Israel Troupe water the hedges like he usually does?

GODAWGS

September 18th, 2011
1:01 pm

@jim from Atlanta – way to spell prima donna correctly!

kybodawg

September 18th, 2011
1:38 pm

if mason doesent get meaningful playing time he will transfer next year. he should play at least one series a half like shockley did so he will be ready when his chance comes.

Calhoundawg

September 18th, 2011
1:45 pm

Is Dooley on the hot seat??

Dawg Tired

September 18th, 2011
1:53 pm

Just thinking – I miss Ronald Reagan, David Greene, David Pollack, and we could really dominate in the Big South Conference.