Richt’s Sunday call: talking Tennessee and more
A few quick notes from Mark Richt’s weekly conference call this evening:
- Safety Shawn Williams thought he pulled a hamstring while stretching in warmups before Saturday’s game against Vanderbilt, “but it was more of a spasm,” Richt said. “It just kind of tightened up on him and kind of shook him up. … It turned out it wasn’t [pulled], thankfully. I’m not saying it didn’t bother him throughout the game … but he played the majority of the game.”
- Familiar question, familiar answer. “We’ll figure it out in pregame warmup, I guess, just like last week,” Richt said to the obligatory inquiry about whether suspended defensive stars Alec Ogletree and Bacarri Rambo will return, as expected, from four-game suspensions this week.
- “I don’t think it’s serious,” Richt said of the ankle injury that forced defensive end Abry Jones from the game Saturday. But Richt pointed out that he had not yet received an update from the medical staff.
- Next up for Georgia: Tennessee at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in Sanford Stadium. Richt on Tennessee’s offense: “They’re throwing and catching it extremely well, and their run game is starting to come around, too. … They want balance in their attack, but it’s hard to have balance when you’ve got the kind of receivers they’ve got. You want to throw the ball, and you want to throw it down the field. You want to take some shots because these guys can really go. And they’re not only fast, but they’re tall and they’ve got leaping ability. … It’s hard not to want to throw the football with those guys and a quarterback who can throw it like Tyler Bray.” (Bray has thrown for 1,301 yards in four games this season. His top receivers have been 6-foot-4 junior Justin Hunter (30 catches for 410 yards) and 6-foot-3 junior-college transfer Cordarrelle Patterson (19 for 259). Patterson was recruited by Georgia before signing with the Vols.)
- Richt on Patterson: “We knew he was a special player. We wanted him big-time. He just looked like a big-time difference maker, a big playmaker. The fact he’s a couple of years out of high school [made him] even more of a threat to come in and make some things happen immediately.”
COMPLETE COVERAGE OF GEORGIA-VANDERBILT GAME:
Game story: No drama this time as Bulldogs rout Vandy 48-3
In the spotlight: Huge night for Aaron Murray
Mark Bradley column: Yeah, it was only Vandy. It also was utter domination by UGA
Quotes: What players, coaches said after the game
Photo gallery: Scenes from Sanford Stadium