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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