UGA notes: Richt says focus on football, ‘not on the extra-curricular,’ vs. Vandy

No doubt there will be a lot of chatter leading up to Saturday’s Georgia-Vanderbilt game in Athens about the shouting match between Vandy coach James Franklin and  UGA defensive  coordinator Todd Grantham after last year’s game between the same teams. But UGA head coach Mark Richt doesn’t seem interested in feeding the feud.

Richt reiterated on his weekly teleconference Sunday evening what he had said late Saturday night: that UGA will  be “ready” for the game, that he has a lot of respect for Vanderbilt’s team and that “we know it’s going to be a battle.” And “that’s  really about it,” he said.

Pressed on whether  he’ll address with his team the fireworks from the end of last season’s game in Nashville, Richt said: “I think the big thing is to make sure we just concentrate on playing football and not on the extra-curricular. Because those things turn into penalties. … I don’t want anything to take focus  off of executing [or] take  focus off of doing the right things fundamentally and knowing your job and taking care of your responsibility. So that’s what we’re going to focus on.”

Georgia escaped Nashville last season with a heated 33-28 victory.

Other notes from Sunday’s conference call:

  • Georgia is “hopeful” outside linebacker Jarvis Jones, who was held out of  Saturday’s 56-20 victory over Florida Atlantic because of a pulled groin muscle, will play against Vanderbilt, Richt said.
  • Richt had no update on the status of starting left guard Dallas Lee, who left the FAU game with a sprained ankle in the second quarter. After Lee’s exit, Georgia shifted starting left tackle Kenarious Gates to Lee’s spot and played sophomore Mark Beard, a junior-college transfer, at left tackle. “I thought Mark  did a pretty good job out there,” Richt said. “… I thought it worked out pretty good, actually.”
  • Richt on Vanderbilt (1-2 after a 58-0 win over Presbyterian):  “I don’t think there’s any  doubt they’re the most talented Vanderbilt teams these last couple of years that we’ve played in a while. Coach Franklin has really got them revved up and ready to go. They’ve got a lot of belief, and they’re playing to win.” (Vanderbilt opened this season with back-to-back losses to South Carolina and Northwestern, both of whom are 3-0.)
  • Same question, same answer. Asked for an update on the status of suspended defensive players  Alec Ogletree and Bacarri Rambo, Richt said: “We’ll let you know game day.”

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219 comments Add your comment

wag

September 16th, 2012
7:53 pm

VaArmyDawg

September 16th, 2012
7:55 pm

GATA!!! global Go Dawgs!!!

BILLY JACK

September 16th, 2012
7:56 pm

Tell Franklin to stop illegal chop blocks on Jenkins and Geathers and they will be no trouible next sat.

merbertmoover

September 16th, 2012
8:10 pm

excited about this game, where in years past i haven’t been. really need the sec win. glad for the 7:45 kickoff too, bc living in hawaii and 6 hour time difference…

BigDawg

September 16th, 2012
8:18 pm

Jane Franklin crying to Mark Richt last year was too funny! I wonder if he was the kid taking names of those who talked in grammar school. What a tool! UGA, just watch out for dirty plays like $hitzik encouraged in one of his few winning seasons and like UF became famous for under Urban Crier!! GO DAWGS, GATA! Our time, our team…

Steve

September 16th, 2012
8:22 pm

T-Minus two minutes until the nerds and other loses post anti-Georgia comments.

Steve

September 16th, 2012
8:23 pm

Burdell

September 16th, 2012
8:29 pm

Am I too late Steve? Just kidding. Take care of business on Saturday and every Saturday up until that last one in November.

Macclenny_dawg

September 16th, 2012
8:39 pm

We just need 2 get off 2 a good start and learn 2 play 4 quarters. I have a feeling this game we will come out focused.GTA!!! Go Dawgs!!!

Dick Enhand

September 16th, 2012
8:40 pm

tenn.DAWG

September 16th, 2012
8:54 pm

Let’s hope they are coached up to play from the first kick.No excuse to get off to a bad start like they did the first 3 games.If they do, utk will beat them on the 29th and this will be all for not.

ha

September 16th, 2012
9:00 pm

You will lose, mark it down.

BC

September 16th, 2012
9:00 pm

In wondered what happened to Dallas Lee.

bill

September 16th, 2012
9:04 pm

Grantham, a fine molder of young men and sportsmanship. Go ‘Dores!

kingdaddy

September 16th, 2012
9:04 pm

It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish. UGA almost always starts slow. As long as they get a big W, and look good doing it…

Chris

September 16th, 2012
9:08 pm

Richt is “hopeful” that Jarvis Jones will play???? Hell, they said during the game Saturday night that he could have played but was sitting out just to rest his groin. Now he’s “hopeful”?

If he’s on one leg, he better get out there and play because our Defense is not the same without him.

Mad Dog One

September 16th, 2012
9:10 pm

@ ha is that half a name as in HaHa whitch is what your predction is. GO DOGS & GATA

Dr.P

September 16th, 2012
9:11 pm

Richt better be up in Grantham’s face about his pathetic first half defense.

Vandy has the #1 first half rush offense, Tenn the #1 first hald pass offense.

Gonna be 2 terrible games ahead for the Dawgs.

Dr.P

September 16th, 2012
9:13 pm

Folks in the stands were making fun of Grantham, calling him ’second half Todd’ and “2 quarters half a coach”.

I’d cut his pay in half, since his defense only shows up half the game.

BigDawg

September 16th, 2012
9:23 pm

Dawgs will smoke Vandy @ home, then Vols get to come take a whupping tween the hedges, 5-0 for damn sure when we go to Columbia to stomp Spurrier! Woof Woof Woof

Super Duty

September 16th, 2012
9:30 pm

BILLY JACK

September 16th, 2012
7:56 pm
Tell Franklin to stop illegal chop blocks on Jenkins and Geathers and they will be no trouible next sat.

Your constant ignorance is funny. The past 4 years illegal chop and chip blocks have been a point of emphasis by officials. Maybe some of the bulldogs should worry about some of those late hits they are known for in the past.

T to the G

September 16th, 2012
9:40 pm

I still havn’t gotten over that punk Franklin calling MY player out at the end of last years game after he kept having his players cut block my d-lines legs from behind. Mark told me he didn’t have a problem with how I took up for my player and I told him i’ll do it again if some crybaby coach of another team gets in my guys face again. He gets it….he just can’t say it publicly.We still watch the video of Tony tattletelling on me to Mark after the confrontation and laugh. I’ll tell all you great Dawg fans one thing for sure and that is that Vandy ain’t scoring a TD this saturday. And after the game i’ll just tell Tony to suck it.

JUNKYARD DAWG

September 16th, 2012
9:45 pm

Super Duty, get a life loser.

Derek

September 16th, 2012
9:55 pm

Ga is a very good team but a good team could lose 4 out of next 5 games. All have DANGER written all over it.

Pj

September 16th, 2012
10:22 pm

When people post “mark it down”, do they think anyone is actually marking it down? Like there is a guy who has reams of notebooks of times he was told to “mark it down”. People who say this are the same people that call a 16 linebacker recruit “sir” on a blog post.
“mark it down”, you need to get a clue.

Super Duty

September 16th, 2012
10:34 pm

JUNKYARD DAWG

September 16th, 2012
9:45 pm
Super Duty, get a life loser.

That is your best argument? Talk about a Loser. It is the truth and you and every doggie fan knows it.

SC

September 16th, 2012
10:35 pm

If UGA can beat Vandy then they should be #1. Alabama is waiting for you.

Super Duty

September 16th, 2012
10:36 pm

Todd Grantham has become that fat Uncle from the family your brother married into and is an embarrassment to the entire program with his dumb behavior.

SC

September 16th, 2012
10:37 pm

Marking it down here boss.

William Gaffney

September 16th, 2012
10:37 pm

That Georgia hothead coach did Vandy a big favor. We had two great prospects from Georgia visiting
Vandy that weekend and the statements by them werenot complimentary of Georgia’s class.
They both did come to Vanderbilt!

icedawg

September 16th, 2012
10:39 pm

Vandy’s no pushover. They can play old man football, too. Dawg’s defense will have to play solid D the whole game.

SC

September 16th, 2012
10:39 pm

Vandy takes control of the SEC this weekend. Mark it down, Bub.

I-DOG

September 16th, 2012
10:40 pm

Super Duty:

That VERY late hit last year by the Vandy OL on the Georgia DL in the back of his legs after the play was over was one of the worst I have ever seen in decades of watching college football.

Luckily, and that is all it was “luck” the young man’s future NFL career was not ruined that night.

I have always like Vandy, been to many games there and I respect the program a great deal. I remember in like 1995 when Vandy came to Athens and played harder than the Dawgs and pulled a huge upset. They had a little tail back with a TON of heart and I actually started to root for the kid as our players were afraid of disinterested in tackling him. He was like 5 9 170.

That play last year was not what sports are all about and not indicative of Vandy’s fine program. Still, to say that Georgia fans shouldn’t be upset about that play last year is what is ignorant.

ed

September 16th, 2012
10:42 pm

Man looks into the abyss, when nothing looks back, that’s when you can measure the lion within. godspeed dreams so real.

SC

September 16th, 2012
10:47 pm

What the hell?

SC

September 16th, 2012
10:49 pm

Put the gun down and call a hot line.

OkieDawg

September 16th, 2012
10:54 pm

Show me a guy named James Franklin and I’ll show you a loser!!!!

ed

September 16th, 2012
10:54 pm

pigskin floating like a milkshake thru a stra/dream of dairy queens playing two handed touch in your grandma’ yard.

funny....

September 16th, 2012
11:05 pm

Is there anything on YouTube showing the chop blocks?

I’d love to see it, if so, I’d love Grantham to unleash Nick Marshall again.

someone post a link

Outer Banks Dawg

September 16th, 2012
11:05 pm

It’s gonna take a solid effort from everyone to win the next 2 vs. Vandy and UT. I’m not as concerned with the defense as much as what the offense does when we begin to face some real tough SEC adversity.

I love the fact that we truly have playmakers all over the field. I like that we have adapted the offense to feature Murray in short shotgun with a TB behind him. Our plays seem to be more ‘quick hitters’ instead of slow developing play action out of the I formation.

I also love that we are going up-tempo a lot and calling most of the plays from the line of scrimmage. Anyone who cannot see that Bobo’s playcalling has definitely evolved is not watching very closely. The offense is much more sophisticated than ever before. They are reading what the defense gives them and taking what’s there.

Also, regarding the defense… Would you rather have a unit that starts a little slow and then makes adjustments and becomes a second half lockdown team, or one that starts like a ball of fire only to tire and breakdown in the second half?

This team has shown the ability to make halftime adjustments and exert dominance through depth and conditioning in the 2nd half.

Finally, you get the feeling watching this team that the ‘next play’ could go to the house. I remember all the Florida beatdowns when we’d play tough, but they would always break the big play. Nice to have that kind of firepower on the red and black!

Go Dawgs! Just win baby!

Outer Banks Dawg

September 16th, 2012
11:05 pm

Sorry for the crazy long post

GTBob

September 17th, 2012
12:00 am

Translation: Todd, try and act like a normal human being for once. We are going to win by 40 points, try and do it with a little class.

rhbDAWG1

September 17th, 2012
12:01 am

To those giving “ha” grief over his “mark it down” instructions – He probably grew up in a household where nobody knew how to read and/or write so everybody had to make his mark or “mark it down”. We can’t all be so lucky to have educated parents and associates so be kind to those of lesser education.

CaliDog

September 17th, 2012
12:10 am

Richt will run up the score to show franklin who is boss in this division. Dogs roll: 38-10!

GTBob

September 17th, 2012
12:28 am

Richt will run up the score to show franklin who is boss in this division. Dogs roll: 38-10!

I am pretty sure Franklin doesn’t think he is the boss. He is 7-9 overall.

bigdawg1

September 17th, 2012
12:28 am

Must beware of the Commodores…given us fits for years! Need JJ as healthy as he can be!

Sautee Dawg

September 17th, 2012
12:55 am

Grantham was simply standing up for his players telling Franklin “Dont discipline my players”.
Franklin had several players on offense trying to chop block our players,
CMR sat Ben Jones out for half a game for this a few seasons ago. Franklin condoned it just like Chizik.
Grantham did what CMR should have been doing. getting in Franklins face.

Glory between the Hedges

September 17th, 2012
1:22 am

FRANKLIN WAS NOT LIKED AT MARYLAND HE TEACHES HIS PLAYERS TO CHOP BLOCK THEY ARE NOT MAN ENOUGH TO PLAY YOU STRAIGHT UP AND WE WILL BE PUMPED SATURDAY FRANKLIN GET READY FOR MAJOR CROWD NOISE AND GET READY TO BE BOOED OFF THE FIELD GO DAWGS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

GaDawgs'emOut!

September 17th, 2012
1:44 am

Dawgs 2nd statement game will be vandy between the hedges. Big Dawgs Eat!

Paddy

September 17th, 2012
6:31 am

BILLY JACK ……..no coach would teach his team to chop block. It is so easy to detect by officials because it always involves 2 offensive players and an already engaged player What player is goinbeing taught a technique that guarantees