What Georgia head coach Mark Richt had to say in Sunday’s weekly teleconference as his team prepares for the Florida Gators this coming Saturday in Jacksonville.
That you shouldn’t need any extra motivation to play the Gators but with the Bulldogs still trying to battle for the East Division title, South Carolina’s comeback, overtime win over previously unbeaten Missouri Saturday night certainly gave him (Richt) some more motivation and should have the players as well.
That in college football you want to win every game but wins in huge rivalry games such as this is certainly good for the health of the program.
That he heard Florida head coach Will Muschamp say that he took his assistants off the road recruiting this past week to “circle the wagons” and get back to the basic fundamentals and that he imagines the Gators will come out Saturday trying to run the football and play physical and fast on defense, with maybe a few trick plays thrown in. That there’s not going to be a major overall by either team.
That the Bulldogs have fought through all their injuries this season by taking pride in themselves and the team and coaches and having the family concept. That they believe and trust in each other and when you get a little turmoil and adversity, it reveals what you’ve got as a team and the Bulldogs have done a good job with that.
That Aaron Murray has exemplified good leadership ever since he got to UGA. That he’s been great as a player, breaking SEC and team passing records and is just a player who received the right coaching in high school and came from a top-notch family.
That he’s noticed all the Florida injuries this season but doesn’t think either team will be feeling sorry for themselves, or each other, when the ball is teed up in Jacksonville Saturday. That with both teams needing a win to stay in the title picture, there’s nothing to feel pity about, as someone suggested that this game now should be titled “The World’s Largest Outdoor Pity Party.”
That even with starting tailback Matt Jones sidelined for the season, the Gators still have two very good running backs in Lithonia native Mack Brown and talented freshman Kelvin Taylor, the son of former Florida great Fred Taylor. That when he was at Florida State, Richt thought he had recruited Fred Taylor for the Seminoles “until he took one final trip to Florida.”
That tailback Todd Gurley practiced last week and will hopefully be full speed against the Gators Saturday. That wide receiver Michael Bennett also did some running around and looked good and hopefully will also be ready to play in Jacksonville. That safety Tray Matthews also ran around some and looked good in a couple of drills. But that wide receiver Chris Conley did not practice and is doubtful for Saturday’s contest. And he’s not certain of the status of strong safety Josh Harvey-Clemons as he hasn’t yet talked to Director of Sports Medicine Ron Courson.
That the Bulldogs are working hard at improving their third down offense, as well as defense, and that with the open week and this coming week to get ready for the Gators, Georgia will hopefully be much more proficient in this area come game time.