ATHENS — Georgia coach Mark Richt is looking forward to a rare opportunity to spend some time with his oldest sons this week.
As the Bulldogs enjoy their first off weekend since preseason camp opened on August 2, Richt plans on attending his son Jon’s game for Mars Hill College on Saturday afternoon. Jon Richt, 21, is a junior quarterback for the Lions (6-1, 4-0 South Atlantic), who are playing Lenoir-Rhyne (3-3, 2-1) in an important conference game. Mars Hill is ranked No. 24 in Division II.
“It’s a big deal,” Richt said. “Right now Mars Hill is undefeated in league play, which is big. And Jon is doing well.”
Jon, who began his career at Clemson, has passed for 1,514 yards with 16 touchdowns as the Lions’ starting quarterback.
Richt’s second-oldest son, David, also will be performing this weekend. David sings and plays keyboards and piano in several Christian rock bands. On Sunday evening at 6 p.m., he will be one of the musicians performing in the “Jan Smith Student Showcase” at the famous music venue Eddie’s Attic in Decatur. General admission is $13 or $25 with a meal combo and proceeds will benefit the Melissa Carter Transplant Fund.
“He’s in a couple of praise bands,” Richt said of David, 16, a junior at Prince Avenue Christian School. “In this one in particular, he’ll be playing the piano and keyboards and be singing. He does some of that. So I’m looking forward to that.”
Mark and Katharyn Richt have two other younger children, Zach, who is 15, and Anya, 14.
Meanwhile, most of the Bulldogs’ players are getting out of town and heading to their respective homes for the weekend.
Richt said he felt like Georgia’s open date was coming at just the right time. The Bulldogs (5-2, 4-1 SEC) play Florida on Oct. 29 in Jacksonville.
“We all needed it,” Richt said. “You’ve got camp, then you have seven straight games. I think everybody was tired. I think everybody was maybe a little cranky. I don’t know, it may have added to what happened at the end of the [Vanderbilt] game, quite frankly. If you’re a little sleep deprived or worn out and beat up and tired and all that kind of stuff, sometimes that can affect you. So I do think it was a very good time for a break, physically and mentally.”
– Chip Towers