Missouri player: UGA plays ‘old-man football’

Missouri does not enter the SEC shyly. Quite the opposite, based on comments by one player.

According to an article in the Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune on Sunday, Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson was asked after the Tigers’ 62-10 victory over Southeastern Lousiana Saturday night if he watched the Georgia-Buffalo game on television earlier in the day.

“I watched the game. I turned it off, too,” Richardson was quoted as saying. “… It’s like watching Big Ten football. It’s old-man football.”

Then this: “If we execute, nobody in this league [the SEC] can touch us. Period.”

Missouri, which officially became an SEC member on July 1, opens play in its new league by hosting Georgia at 7:45 p.m. Saturday in sold-out Memorial Stadium.

Georgia coach Mark Richt laughed when informed, on his weekly teleconference with reporters Sunday evening, of Richardson’s comment.

“’Old-man football?’ Well, I don’t know what he meant by that,” Richt said. “But bottom line is, we got to get after it and do what we do well, and they’ll be trying to stop everything we’re trying to get accomplished.”

The game provides multiple challenges for Georgia, not the least of which will be the emotion associated with Missouri’s much-anticipated SEC debut.

“It’s a huge game for them, no doubt,” Richt said. “It’s a huge game for us, too, though, because we’ve got our goals. And they’ve got their goals.  Shoot, to me, it’s the biggest game of the year, no doubt. … It’s a monster game.”

Being the visiting team for Missouri’s SEC opener “is not the best draw,” Richt added. “But it is what it is.”

Aside from the sure-to-be-charged atmosphere, another major issue Georgia will face: Missouri’s spread offense, led by dual-threat quarterback James Franklin, a 6-foot-2, 225-pound junior who last season passed for 2,865 yards, ran for 981 yards and accounted for 36 touchdowns (21 passing and 15 rushing).

“It’s a problem,” Richt said of defending Franklin. “A quarterback who can run well is a problem. … And they’re going to spread you out. They’re going to get you in a lot of four- and five-wide looks. … It’s a space game, and space is the enemy of the defenses.”

Franklin had surgery on his shoulder in the off-season but reportedly did not have any problems with it in the opener against Southeastern Louisiana, an FCS team. He completed 13 of 21 passes for 131 yards and ran six times for 39 yards.

Comparing Missouri’s opener with Georgia’s performance in its 45-23 victory over Buffalo, “it looked like [on film] Missouri’s boys played harder than our boys played,” Richt said. But he added that the Bulldogs “probably played as hard we could” considering the heat and humidity in Athens.

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As of Sunday’s teleconference, Richt said he had received no updates on the status of any of  his team’s injured players. … Richt on Connor Norman, a former walk-on who started at safety against Buffalo: “Overall, Connor did a good job. I can think of one play where he missed a tackle out there in space, but just about every safety in America is going to miss a tackle here and there when you’ve got too much space with a back.” Richt said Corey Moore “continues to push hard for playing time [at safety], but right now we think Connor is more ready to play.” … As expected, Richt stayed mum on the status for the Missouri game of suspended players Bacarri Rambo and Alec Ogletree. “We’ll know when the time comes,” he said. . . . Despite Ken Malcome’s hand injury and Todd Gurley’s huge opening game, Richt wasn’t ready to publicly commit to the freshman Gurley as Georgia’s primary running back for this week. “Well, he’ll definitely get the ball, that’s for sure,” Richt said.

– Tim Tucker, AJC

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Augusta dawg

September 2nd, 2012
7:29 pm

Augusta dawg

September 2nd, 2012
7:31 pm

Hopefully vanilla O and D will open up against mizzou. Let Gurley pound em! Dawgs should be amped up as well.

UGA all the Way

September 2nd, 2012
7:36 pm

Congrats Mizz…your team mate just gave bullitin board material to what could be one of the most dangerous defenses in America. As if they needed an excuse to go out and execute next week…you just gave them a reason to go rip your heads off. What an idiot.

Maconbulldog

September 2nd, 2012
7:36 pm

WOW how cocky can you be? May those words he said Haunt him with Todd Gurley running past him.

Steve

September 2nd, 2012
7:37 pm

Augusta Dawg, grow up on the “first” thing. Nobody cares. Regarding Richardson, why is this thug talking smack? Guess he doesn’t know what he and Missouri are in for in joining the SEC. Thanks for the buletin board material! If they execute, nobody in the league can touch them? Yea I would love to see how they do against Alabama.

Augusta dawg

September 2nd, 2012
7:38 pm

Sometimes the ole man needs to get the new kid in shape. If the D plays as it should (better than this past Saturday) we should be fine. There was no pressure on the QB. Plow Franklin in the new turf and control the clock. Forget this 50 yard pass on every first down. Let murray get in a ryhtym first. He was way off early. Where are the 5-10-15 yard slants and all so he can get comfortable. Use the BEAST (Gurley). Like Marshall as well. He needs to catch better. Can’t believe he dropped Wootens pass. Maybe nerves. Can drop them this Saturday. Make a statement! 

O'Dawg

September 2nd, 2012
7:39 pm

I’m sorry, Coach Richt, but I completely disagree with your assessment of Connor Norman. He was out of position all day and whiffed on more than one tackle. I’m not sure who is next in line (Josh Harvey-Clemons), but we need someone better out there.

Mike Franklin

September 2nd, 2012
7:39 pm

Old man football is dead. It was good sportsmanship… play the game and then, shake hands when its done.

Not a problem… no more ‘Welcome to the SEC’ to Mizzou. They want and enemy? Okee dokee.

Augusta dawg

September 2nd, 2012
7:41 pm

Steve-o. Obviously you care about the first thing if u have to comment on it. Otherwise clam it! Sorry you can’t have fun. 

UGA all the Way

September 2nd, 2012
7:43 pm

We’ll see bama in the dome if they make it. Right now, it’s mizzery we are looking at. A team grows more from week one to week two than any other point in the season anyway. Georgia is much better than you think.
I’m still worried about Gurley missing some blocking assignments against higher class opponents still, but man he looked good!

Bogey

September 2nd, 2012
7:46 pm

Their mind was already in Columbia, Mo. and it showed. Hope it stays there through Saturday night.

The Wise

September 2nd, 2012
7:48 pm

Omg here come the Gurley comments, It was Buffalo People, can we please Let the kid show up in a big game before we throw all our hopes and dreams on him, last time we anointed some one savior they ended up at Alabama State

UGA all the Way

September 2nd, 2012
7:48 pm

I think it will, especially now. I bet Grantham has that post up on the wall for the ENTIRE defense to see everyday before practice, after practice, and I’d be whispering it in their ear during practice. Why would you want to give a defense reason to play harder? Good teams shut up and play on the field. Idiots run their mouths.

jaglaw

September 2nd, 2012
7:49 pm

old man execution, yes. But what an idiot for poking the lion. Of course, it would be nice to see the dawgs with a little swagger.

Augusta dawg

September 2nd, 2012
7:50 pm

A sloppy win is always better than a perfectly executed loss. They always say the greatest gain for a team is from week one to week two. Let’s hope so. GATA. Could be worse. Could be a tech fan like GTBlob!!!

UGA all the Way

September 2nd, 2012
7:51 pm

You can hate if you want wise, but the kid showed excellent potential. I still think Malcome is the guy to start still. At least until Gurley proves himself. You need to give credit where the credit is due. Remember, the rest of the backs played against Buff too, and didn’t come close to making as much of an impact.

mike on lake hartwell

September 2nd, 2012
7:54 pm

i like how richt didnt give any material back to em. hes a smart dawg.

Taco Meat

September 2nd, 2012
7:54 pm

As a Dawg fan, I hate to admit it but we do play old man football.

Augusta dawg

September 2nd, 2012
7:55 pm

No one has anointed Gurley. We can celebrate his accomplishments and hopefully he can accept criticisms like the blocking that needs to improve. He has that burst and strength. Running through a group of people is still tough even if it is buffalo. He’s done that the past couple of years. I agree we shouldn’t annoit him, but fortunately he doesn’t have the baggage that IC had. He has a good head on his shoulders. I do hope IC gets it together. Too much talent.

UGA all the Way

September 2nd, 2012
7:56 pm

Well put Augusta Dawg!

kingdaddy

September 2nd, 2012
7:58 pm

UGA isn’t Bama, but we aren’t SELouisiana either. Hope they stay overconfident. I also hope the Doggies are in for a ruff practice week, especially from CTG. Hope Theus and MM were sandbagging and are ready to go. We will need them both…

James82

September 2nd, 2012
8:01 pm

I have to agree with Taco…we do play some serious old man football and always will with Richt at the helm. I will definitely take the bulletin board material though.

kingdaddy

September 2nd, 2012
8:03 pm

Didn’t really see Theus do “much” to his ankle. He just sirt of rolled it a little. Tape it up big fella…

UGA all the Way

September 2nd, 2012
8:04 pm

Old man football is Wing-T and option. When was the last time you saw UGA run a pure option. We throw it in every now and then, but it doesn’t work very well in this league because of the hits your QB takes. Since the infasis is now on passing instead of running for the QB, the option has slowly faded out in the SEC. We play an older style of football, but if you run the ball effectively, the I formation is just as deadly as the spread…just ask Alabama how effective the power running offense is. If you run well, you can use play action which really stresses defenses. Not to mention, you can grind the clock and keep the other offense off of the field.

Ware Dawg

September 2nd, 2012
8:05 pm

I think that UGA is way better than they showed against Buffalo. The offense is going to be fine and the defense will get better. If you guys remember Coach Richt said earlier in the week that he wasn’t sure what Buffalo would run. After halftime the defense executed and only gave up one score. Go Dawgs!

UGA all the Way

September 2nd, 2012
8:05 pm

Man Theus is going to be a good one though! He has really good footwork for a freshman! Good size too!

James

September 2nd, 2012
8:07 pm

UGA the most dangerous defense in America? You’ve got to be kidding. UGA has beat exactly nobody with a decent offense the past three seasons. Your numbers are inflated by having a very favorable schedule. Any team you faced with a good offense has torched Grantham. If UGA would have played Alabama, LSU, and ARK last year they would have been a 5 loss team and their defensive numbers would be average. Mizz doesn’t have a great defense either but their offense is solid. Mark it down. It’s going to be a shootout, something like 34-30, either team could win.

The Wise

September 2nd, 2012
8:11 pm

ill take that Augusta, im just saying, not to diminish his work or accomplishments, IT WAS GREAT. but it was Buffalo there was nobody on the other side of the ball in his athletic league, thats why we paid them so much to come get beat, the announcers said there was only one person even close to his 4.3 speed, and that was like 4.41 and it was one person haha. Just saying id like to see him grow some have more games before we start the hype train up fully, he may have a good head but pressure to be our answer to our long Rb hunt can stunt growth, just my two cents.

UGA all the Way

September 2nd, 2012
8:11 pm

James, you are a fool. The reason UGA lost a lot of the games last year was due to turnovers. Remember that LSU didn’t do anything against UGA’s defense for the first half. It wasn’t until bobo pulled the plug on running an agressive offense that LSU began to dominate. UGA looked exhausted because they were. They are better than you give them credit for. Numbers don’t lie, and as “favorable” as their schedule has been the last two years, they still play in the SEC which has dominated other conferences for several years…in other words, a “soft” SEC schedule is still better than a “hard” pac-12 or acc schedule.

Ware Dawg

September 2nd, 2012
8:14 pm

I think UGA should start Gurley and on the first play do a play action pass and hit Tavarres King deep. Assuming Murray could get it to him this time.

Dawgs 32

September 2nd, 2012
8:16 pm

I’m glad we play hard nose “old man” football. I hate that spread crap! It is ruining football, and the NFL hates it also. Sure hope UGA pulls off a win this weekend, and shows Mizzou how MEN play the game. Go Dawgs

DrPabst

September 2nd, 2012
8:22 pm

What? Our scheme is closer to the NFL than theirs is. What does that say? We do need more effort though..all of the time. Bad effort is a bad habit and a bad sign.

James

September 2nd, 2012
8:22 pm

UGA all the way….no you are a fool. I am looking at the numbers. You are just making excuses? Turnovers and players being tired? Oh my. Welcome to football! Anyways, just look at Grantham’s time at UGA, in 2010 UGA gave up 287 points. In 2011 UGA gave up 288 points, almost identical despite a difference of several losses (6-7 in 2010 and 10-4 in 2011). I hate to break it to you but that isn’t good enough. If you want to win a national championship you have to be around 130-160 points given up. Defense wins championships and with the exception to Auburn in 2010, you can go back and see for yourself that championship teams win with less than 200 points. You can expect more of the same this year….and no one is impressed you are racking up wins against KY, VY, MISS, MISS ST, SC, deflated Auburn and Tennessee teams…it’s the SEC no doubt but the fact remains UGA has beat nobody in the past 3 years and some of those players are still on the team. Put your money where your mouth is…I will bet you $100 through paypal Mizz scores 30+

UGA all the Way

September 2nd, 2012
8:25 pm

Mark my words, UGA allows much less than 200 points in Grantham’s third year james. You can’t expect a team dedicated to a 4-3 scheme to just turn over to a 3-4 overnight. It takes time. If you don’t believe that, just look at what happened to bama when they did it. You don’t just start off winning. You have to recruit first to fit the scheme. That takes between two and three years. Mizz doesn’t score 17.

Dez Cahones

September 2nd, 2012
8:26 pm

Go Dawgs!! We need better pass protection Boss (David Andrews) seemed a bit timid in pass protect Saturday.If he doesnt play better next game Murray will have a long night!!Connor norman needs to get back on special teams where he belongs or Mizzou will hand us our backsides bengay and a cane !!

Maconbulldog

September 2nd, 2012
8:26 pm

soooo Mizzou D is the best now because they beat up on…wait who did they play ??

Delbert D.

September 2nd, 2012
8:27 pm

I guess “old man” football is everything other than what Mike Leach is running. Washington State lost their opener to BYU, though.

joe jenkins

September 2nd, 2012
8:29 pm

The dl from mizzou is right….the dawgs looked old and wore out yesterday. somebody should anoit connor norman for heisman trophy contention….He is the best safety we have ever had…i hope barrcari is suspended…for this game…i sure would hate to see norman come off the field

James

September 2nd, 2012
8:31 pm

Fair enough. We will see. Given up 23 to Buff isn’t a good start.

17? Wow, that’s bold. Good luck with that.

BILLY JACK

September 2nd, 2012
8:32 pm

That kid from Missouri made a bad mistake-ask him again after the game I bet the answer will be different-welcome to the SEC Missouri its unforgiving.

UGA all the Way

September 2nd, 2012
8:34 pm

No kidding Billy Jack, why would you make that statement this early in the year? Not only did they piss off UGA, they pissed off the league…OMG CHIPPER JUST JACKED ONE TO WIN THE GAME! WE HAD NO CHANCE!!!!!! GO ATL!!!

Dave

September 2nd, 2012
8:36 pm

May be telling the truth with that zinger but possibly hasn’t heard of Bama, LSU and Arkansas. Of course, who knows about UT and Florida. Could be bullitin board material for all the above. Easy to get pumped up when you put up 62 though.

UGA all the Way

September 2nd, 2012
8:39 pm

Yeah…against gilbert high school.

S.E. Dawg

September 2nd, 2012
8:39 pm

Old man football is call the pro style and a lot of what the NFL looks for, not the spread. Just saying.

UGA all the Way

September 2nd, 2012
8:39 pm

Mizz doesn’t win 5 games this year after that line. lol!

kerryb

September 2nd, 2012
8:40 pm

I hope they enjoy that butt kicking they get “old man” style. They are going to see that they are not ready for the SEC yet.

ncmountaindawg

September 2nd, 2012
8:42 pm

Remember the movie “Colors” when Robert Duvall was explaining to the young cop how to take care of business. He said a young bull said to the old bull, “let’s run down there and %$#* one of those cows!” The old bull said, “no, let’s walk down there and %$#* ‘em all!” That’s Old Man Ball!

kingdaddy

September 2nd, 2012
8:43 pm

Way to go Chipper. Great win…

joe jenkins

September 2nd, 2012
8:43 pm

I think after franklin sets an ncaa record against us for rushing yards in one game….i think CTG should get another raise at the end of the year…what do ya’ll delusional dawg fans think about that?

UGA all the Way

September 2nd, 2012
8:44 pm

kingdaddy, he is still the best isn’t he!