First sight of RB signee Keith Marshall brings grin to Mark Richt’s face

A lot of news and notes coming out of the Georgia football camp on Monday, starting with Brandon Boykin being named the recipient of the 2011 Paul Hornung Award as the nation’s most versatile player. I’m in the process of putting together a notebook for tomorrow’s newspaper. But, in the meantime, following is a quick summary of the information and quotes that came out of today’s season-wrapup teleconference call with Georgia coach Mark Richt. Enjoy . . .

MARK RICHT

On 5-star running back signee Keith Marshall, an early enrollee who began classes at UGA on Monday:

“He’s a very talented young man. He’s very focused. As a matter of fact, I walked into the meeting last night and he had a playbook in his hand and he was looking over assignments. It just gave me a moment to grin seeing how excited he was about being at Georgia.

“I’m sure he’s a little nervous, too, like a lot of guys. I remember my first night I spent away from home. There’s a little bit of anxiety, but it’s mixed in there with a lot of excitement.”

On what running backs have to do to play better:

“I think the biggest thing will be consistency and maturity. That’s what we have got to get. We played a lot of inexperienced running backs. Those guys have gained some experience and hopefully because of that they will become more mature players and more consistent players. I think that’s going to be the two most important things for me. And as always the fundamental things such as ball security and pass protection are important. We have to do a better job than we have in that area this year.”

On the Bulldogs’ two other early enrollees, quarterback Faton Bauta and offensive lineman Mark Beard:

“Pronounce this man’s name properly . . . it’s Fuh-TONE BOW-tuh. He’s a quarterback for us. Faton is here as well, as is Mark Beard, an offensive lineman for us. Those guys were here at the team meeting last night. They got a chance to introduce themselves to their teammates and got a round of applause from their teammates. They did a good job of welcoming them. And now they’re going to class and getting ready for the off-season program.” [Added that Bauta will definitely play quarterback)

On off-season priorities for trying to get to the next level:

  • "I think there's no doubt that we've got to be a whole lot better on special teams top to bottom. We went through some growing pains with some young guys. We kind of bit the bullet with some true freshmen and some inexperienced guys. But, you know, the good news is they will be a year better. And we will make sure all hands are on deck as far special teams. Whatever it takes. We as coaches also have to review everything we do and make sure we feel very confident that we're doing the right things with the right personnel. That's going to be big for us.
  • "We also want to create as much depth as we possibly can so we can continue to try to finish better.
  • "We definitely want to be able to run the ball extremely well. That's going to be a big challenge for us breaking in some new linemen offensively.
  • "Even defensively we've got to make sure we can finish the games like we start them."

On satisfaction of the 10-4 season:

"I think we came a long way this year. I'm proud of the effort. I'm proud of the progress. But we're still on a journey to do even greater things and that's going to be the goal."

On whether coaching staff will remain intact:

"I certainly hope so. I've had no indication otherwise. I guess I'll just leave it at that. I've heard nothing at all."

On whether sophomore quarterback Hutson Mason will return next season:

"I've talked to Hutson a couple of times and I'm not sure he's 100 percent settled on what he's going to do at this moment. But when that time comes we'll let everybody know."

On decisions of tight end Orson Charles and some other underclassmen to enter the NFL draft or not:

"We had a team meeting last night and all those guys were there. That doesn't guarantee everybody's going to stay, but at least they were all there. I guess it means they aren't 100 percent sure what they're going to do. When is everybody going to decide and have some finality to it? I don't know. Certainly they have to have it by the deadline. I think there's some guys who's heads are spinning still and they're not 100 percent sure what they're going to do.

"There's a bunch of them staying, but I can't sit here and say every guy has nailed it down."

On decision of sophomore cornerback Jordan Love to transfer:

"I just want to say that I really appreciate everything Jordan contributed to Georgia. He's a great kid and I really wish him well." [Knows of no one else leaving]

On whether they’ll sign full allotment of 25 scholarships in recruiting:

“That’s the hope. We’ll see. There’s a lot of things to do and there’s still a lot of great players out there. There’s a lot of decisions to be made. We’re just working our tails off trying to finish this class off as best we can. We’re going to have to wait and see if we get the full allotment or not. But we’ll be shooting for it.”

Goals for 2012 season:

“As always, we want to compete in such a way and prepare in such a way that we’ve got a chance to win every time we go out there. The goals aren’t going to change. We want to win the East. If you win the East and you win the SEC, you’ve got a shot at the next one. So, you know, that’s not going to change for us.”

ALSO:

Offensive lineman Trinton Sturdivant is not expected to return for a sixth season. . . . No changes forthcoming in Strength & conditioning. . . . Spring practice will begin the week after UGA’s spring break [around March 19). . . . Richt favors the $2,000 stipend for student-athletes.

251 comments Add your comment

Billo

January 9th, 2012
4:47 pm

Billo

January 9th, 2012
4:48 pm

OMG…i was 1st. My life is now complete. On a related note, love your work Chip.

kJ

January 9th, 2012
4:56 pm

Good luck in the offseason. Go Dawgs. Preach adaptability to Bobo!

Augusta dawg

January 9th, 2012
4:56 pm

Hope we can finish off the class with a few more big names. Maybe Jenkins tonight!

Chip Towers

January 9th, 2012
4:57 pm

Way to go, Billo. And thanks.

pj

January 9th, 2012
4:58 pm

Thank you Chip. Great updates. Any word on decision times for any of our top targets? I think I saw that Gurley was set to announce

Augusta dawg

January 9th, 2012
4:58 pm

Don’t coaches go visit other coaches and learn offenses and schemes. Go to both pro and college? Hope Bobo does but sometimes not the play itself but when he calls them or with personell. Oh well. Go Dawgs. 2012 can be a memorable one.

Augusta dawg

January 9th, 2012
5:01 pm

Marshall needs to call up some guys from UA game and do some recruiting for us. Hopefully he will help sway 1-2 for us

North Georgia Dawg.

January 9th, 2012
5:01 pm

Time for some running backs to grow up.

outkasted

January 9th, 2012
5:03 pm

Have a great offseason and please young men stay out of trouble!!! Countdown to the 2012 season starts now!!!

ramguy68

January 9th, 2012
5:03 pm

I saw just a little bit of Marshall in the all star game the other night. He can get around the end. Runs hard too.

Destin Dawg

January 9th, 2012
5:04 pm

off season fitness, nutrition , strength and conditioning… come to camp ready to play SEC. football… recruit and coach OL and RB’s… welcome aboard Keith Marshall.. we need you !!! play all 3 QB”s,, no guarantees or seniority for Murray,,, Go Dawgs !!!

ARdawg

January 9th, 2012
5:04 pm

No word on coaching because nothing changes

ARdawg

January 9th, 2012
5:06 pm

quid pro quo

Disappointed Dawg

January 9th, 2012
5:06 pm

I say put Crowell on an individual strength & conditioning plan to whip his wimpy ass into shape. Plus institute 4 game suspensions for failed drug tests with expulsions for the next offense. We are tired of these boys disgracing the program, win or lose.

old dog

January 9th, 2012
5:08 pm

We can improve, and it starts with the O-line run-blocking. Sounds elementary, but we just couldn’t get a run game going at all. Granted, someone needs to tell I.C. to turn the boot upside down; the directions are on the heel. The p*ss will come right out. However, our run blocking against better teams was atrocious. They’re big, so they’re either not as talented as we thought or have not been coached up. I wish Marshall all the success in the world. When the line sees a back will run hard for them, it inspires them. When a back sees the line will block for him, it inspires him. Since running the ball is paramount in the SEC, maybe Marshall can proved the spark, discipline, and effort to make it happen.

Idiot Dawg

January 9th, 2012
5:08 pm

Brian van Gorder going to Awburn as defensive coordinator.

I hope we get some more good recruits and I would really like to see CMB visit some of the pro coaches – or really just anybody – to improve his skills.

ARdawg

January 9th, 2012
5:13 pm

Van Gorder keeps ants in his pants. He’s a good defensive guy though

ub

January 9th, 2012
5:15 pm

Welcome Keith Marshall. Go DAWGS!

bardawg

January 9th, 2012
5:15 pm

Disappoited Dawg, I concur

Vance Duly

January 9th, 2012
5:16 pm

Chip — in the category of “Improving Georgia’s Coaching”, do you know if Coach Richt has the defensive and offensive coaches scheme against each other during the off-season, to identify our weaknesses and predictability, so that we can overcome them? If not, it seems like a great way for both staffs to improve their decision-making. If Coach Grantham could analyze Bobo’s offense and play-calling, and tell him how HE would stop our offense, would it not help Coach Bobo to improve his performance??? Our in-game offensive adjustments and the lack thereof seem to be killing us against the better teams on our schedule. Just an idea………

dawgcrzy

January 9th, 2012
5:17 pm

Richt doesn’t know if we are going to sign all 25? Ala and LSU don’t seem to have that problem.

LP21

January 9th, 2012
5:18 pm

Please ask CMR why we refuse to finish an opponent and take our foot off the gas and let them back in the game. I think it is offensive playcalling more than anything. So frustrating as a fan

FurryDawg

January 9th, 2012
5:19 pm

Goal for 2012?

Beat 4 top 20 ranked teams.

Built Ford Tough!!!

January 9th, 2012
5:21 pm

I would definitely turn Marshall over to Isiah Crowell so that he can learn all the tricks of the trade at UGA.

dawgcrzy

January 9th, 2012
5:22 pm

Richt is the only one that wants the coaching staff to stay intact

CountryBlumpkin

January 9th, 2012
5:22 pm

Furry…I don’t think we are going to play 4 top 20 teams next year.

FurryDawg

January 9th, 2012
5:22 pm

If we get a QB who doesn’t turn the ball over, we will win the SEC.

FurryDawg

January 9th, 2012
5:23 pm

Auburn, South Carolina, SEC West Champ, and Bowl opponent.

That’s the 4 teams we need to beat next year.

If you want to be the best, got to beat the best.

dawgcrzy

January 9th, 2012
5:24 pm

the defense will finish better if the offense will stay on the field a little longer

A person SMART enough to know......

January 9th, 2012
5:24 pm

FurryDwag you have to schedule some top 20 teams and not run & hide from them when they are on the schedule.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

January 9th, 2012
5:24 pm

Welcome to Athens Keith Marshall! Watched the young man in the UA game and he showed some explosion for sure. Hopefully IC can grow a brain and we can have a great 1-2 Combo for the next 2-3 years. Got to have some Pigs though doing the dirty work upfront though!

BillDog

January 9th, 2012
5:24 pm

I WISH WE WERE GOING TO GET A PROVEN, TOP-FLIGHT OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR. IT WAS SAD TO HEAR CMR DOES NOT PLAN ANY COACHING CHANGES. IT IS A SURE THING NO OTHER COLLEGE WILL OFFER BOBO A JOB.

CountryBlumpkin

January 9th, 2012
5:26 pm

I am willing to take bets on whether Bauta ever takes a snap from center, other than wildcat that is. I like him, but we are deep and he can be used elsewhere.

FurryDawg

January 9th, 2012
5:27 pm

If Keith Marshall doesn’t show up big, then we need to get a Gurley too.

bitter dawgs fan

January 9th, 2012
5:27 pm

all-burn just got really strong on “D”————-look out for van grouder to steal a couple of

tier 1 recruits—-2 tumbs up for cheese-ick—————-now just beat LSUUU AND BAMMER

Augusta dawg

January 9th, 2012
5:27 pm

Dont forget we need to beat mizzou. Early test

peachfuzz

January 9th, 2012
5:28 pm

Is there any conventional wisdom re where Gurley will go.

bitter dawgs fan

January 9th, 2012
5:31 pm

GURLY has to be a tough runner—————got to be hard growing up with that name

kind of like fat hershall as a young kid——got beat up—then just ran over people with those

———————big thighs—————girl-lee————–thanks dad for not hookin that on me—hahah

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

January 9th, 2012
5:33 pm

Brian Van Gorder to Auburn

The Boise St coach is interviewing at FL and AL

Once again this program is stuck in mediocrity and doesnt want to win big

A person SMART enough to know......

January 9th, 2012
5:34 pm

Besides classes in FOOTBALL what will he be studying at UGa?

Lowcountry Bulldawg

January 9th, 2012
5:35 pm

BVG should get crushed on the recruiting trail. How long is he going to be at AU? He was a DC at USCe for a minute,GSU HC for 2 years before getting run off. He CANNOT walk into a Recruits house tell him with a straight face he will be at AU for 4 years. It simply will not happen.

Jim

January 9th, 2012
5:36 pm

Bobo must go go

Jalex49

January 9th, 2012
5:36 pm

I hope if Coach Richt keeps Coach Bobo on his staff he changes the offensive play calling to be more creative. Coach Bobo should look at what Boise, TCU, Florida, LSU, Alabama, and Texas Tech does and incorporate some of the their styple of play. No more running backs up the middle if the offensive line isn’t getting movement on the opposing defense. What happen to Georgia running slants across the field ? They have the speedy receivers to do this.

I hope Bobo takes the job of special teams/qb coach and Georgia goes and gets a top offensive coach that has had success and maybe Bobo could assist him until he gets up to speed.

I hope Georgia starts getting some of the top recruits they have targeted especially Jenkins, Whitehead, Young, Mobley, Gurley, Davis Patterson Wright, Caleb, Tomlinson, Agholor and hopefully M.Anderson. I hope some start commiting soon and thanks to those that have already committed to Georgia. Georgia needs all of you guys and to join those juniors and others that might be coming back could lead to something very exciting for Georgia next year and years to come!

P.S. Congradulations to Coach Van Gorder on the Auburn job.. Wish him all the best except when Auburn plays Georgia.

A person SMART enough to know......

January 9th, 2012
5:36 pm

[Added that Bauta will definitely play quarterback) Hahahaha yes he will. Bobo and Richt just didn't tell him it would just be on the SCOUT team for the next 4 or 5 years.

Pago Pago DAWG

January 9th, 2012
5:38 pm

DAWG fans may be looking at yet another Pre-season # 1.

FurryDawg

January 9th, 2012
5:42 pm

Gurley and Marshall are real tight, I think they want to be a 1-2 punch like Ingram/Richardson were at Alabama. Getting Marshall was a big deal.

I think a lot fo these recruits know if you’ve got Christian Lemay and Keith Marshall on the team, it’s going to be a great team once those 2 greats get on the field together.

We’ve been lacking poise and leadership, these 2 guys ooze it.

Can’t wait till kick off Spring game in April to see them both on the field together.

kybodawg

January 9th, 2012
5:42 pm

going to be interesting when van goter and grantham lock horns next year

ARdawg

January 9th, 2012
5:42 pm

Oh yeah….. Welcome Keith Marshall!

sogadog

January 9th, 2012
5:42 pm

Van Gorder is headed to Auburn; he is a great DC but Grantham is better.

It will be interesting to see how Van Gorder stacks up against Bobo (yikes!) and Richt given their history of coaching together.