Georgia Football Press Conference Quotes

By: UGA Sports Communications
By: UGA Sports Communications

Athens, GA - Georgia head coach Mark Richt and a delegation of football players met with the media Tuesday during the Bulldogs’ weekly press luncheon. They offered the following comments:

Head coach Mark Richt
On whether he would remind the Georgia team about other FBS teams losing to FCS teams…
“The closer we get to the game I probably will. My main goal right now is today we have a lot of energy in practice and that we focus on improving. We just have done enough little things that become big things that we have to make sure we make those corrections. I actually added an extra correction period just to say, ‘You go by position and you might have covered it in film and showed them during the game, but I want you to physically remind them in some form of a drill or some form of emphasis to even if you just correct one thing by segment, that’s nine things that we get corrected that will hopefully get better as the season goes on.' When the week gets toward the end you start thinking a little bit more about the motivation for the game, not so much the motivation of the practice. Those things usually get brought up.”

On if he has been to Idaho…
“Never been to Idaho.”

On if Idaho State seems like an improbable opponent…
“They really are. I guess (UGA Associate Athletic Director) Arthur Johnson was in the middle of that and I’m sure he asked me about it. I don’t remember how long ago it was decided. Some of those things kind of happen fast. That is a long way to go. They have played some really outstanding BCS conference teams over the last couple of years. I’m sure part of it is just the revenue that they will generate from it is part of the reason while they’ll come that far. I’m sure it makes sense for them financially.”

On playing non-conference games against FCS schools…
“I know that every time you play a BCS conference team it does take a lot of energy, it takes a lot of emotion. Not to say this won’t, but if every single out-of-conference game was a BSC opponent, we know our league is rough enough as it is, so I don’t know if we need to be doing that.”

On the travel involved with non-conference games…
“It’s tough. I’ll say this, if we were going to Idaho, that would be tough. The travel is tough. It does take a toll on you. I guess the thing about the BCS games are rarely do you get a BCS team just to come and visit you and you don’t have to go back to their place. I think the travel itself is one of the biggest deterrents in my mind in doing the BSC home and away. If you fly through the night, it certainly doesn’t help you. It’s hard to get your sleep patterns back the way they should be. It’s definitely much easier on our team to play a home game like we are now rather than to go to Arizona or go to Colorado or go to Oklahoma like we did with Oklahoma State. That’s tougher on your team to do.”

On Jordan Love…
“He’s done well. He’s gotten some work in our nickel package too. He’s getting some scrimmage downs, and he’s a guy who, of course, last year had a toe injury that caused him to redshirt, but also really didn’t allow him to practice. A lot of guys will redshirt, but they are on the scout team all year and they are running and changing direction and learning to play football. He didn’t get to do a lot of that, so spring was really the first time he got an opportunity to get to work. In some ways it’s a little bit like a true freshman year for him. He’s a guy who we think can get the job done physically. The more he learns and the more comfortable he gets and the more he can prove to Coach (Scott) Lakatos he really understands what to do and can do it physically, he’ll get more work as his career moves on. He’s a very intelligent guy who I think will play a lot of football for us before it’s over.”

On Aaron Murray…
“One thing about Aaron is he’s a great leader. A great leader is going to put it on himself and say, ‘We didn’t win because of what I did.’ So you really have to admire that about him. Was it his best game? It was not, but he made a lot of great plays. I’m sure there were some that, like in any game, you’d like to have back. I was proud of his effort. When you watch a guy, a quarterback and if there is something that happens big early on like that pick the very first throw, it can send a guy into a really bad state of mind and you can just physically look at him and say this guy is shook. I never thought that happened in the game. I never thought he was shook up to the point where I was really nervous about having Mike (Bobo) call anything within our system. I think he handled the adversity pretty well. I’m sure he’ll learn from some of the things that happened. I think he’s had an outstanding first campaign as a quarterback, especially being a freshman. I think he’s doing very well.”

On Georgia’s losses in close games…
“We were kind of talking about it, and in the close games we’ve had some crucial turnovers, we know that. Our turnover ratio overall is actually pretty good. We’re actually the second best in the league as far as penalties. We’ve kind of corrected some of our issues. But when we have had turnovers, they’ve been at crucial times and in crucial games that have been very close. That’s been part of it. We’ve actually had a little bit of misfortune, because even though we’re not penalized that much, I guess the Mississippi State game we had a touchdown called back on a penalty. I think we had an interception called back on a penalty. We also had the fumble inside the five. Even though we haven’t had a lot of those things, they’ve been very untimely. The Colorado turnover, how much more untimely can that get for you? There have been some of those that you can really remember. There are a bunch of little things along the way that maybe if you do them better, you don’t find yourself in that position. We certainly have had some times defensively where we’ve had guys just flat out of position, and a big play occurs because of it. It’s not like it’s over and over and over making you crazy, but all it takes is one or two and you are in trouble. Those have been the main things. We’ve had ourselves in position in the Arkansas game and the Florida game to maybe come from behind, get in position to win, getting back in control of the game when maybe you were kind of chasing from behind. But getting in that moment of truth and not making the plays that need to be made to win, so that’s been a little bit of a factor too. Yeah, we’ve kind of done a laundry list of that. Those are the things we found.”

On Orson Charles…
“Orson does have a great skill set. Orson is very strong. He’s got good speed. He’s got really tremendous hands, strong hands. He can really snatch a ball like a receiver snatches a ball. Some tight ends, you feel like you better throw it right on his body or he’s not going to be able to get a ball, or he’s not going to be able to snatch a ball out of his body, but he can catch it just about anywhere. I’ve seen him dig it off the shoelace, I’ve seen him jump and turn. I’ve seen him do what receivers can do as far as catching the ball. He is an improved blocker, but I think he can get better as a blocker. I think it’s not a strength issue, it’s just a lot of times a footwork issue, sometimes just a fundamental issue. We’re using him more and more, not so much out of box, but it’s not always lining up as that true tight end. We’ve flexed him out a little bit. We’re starting to get a little bit more creative with what we’re doing with him, but he has a lot of ability and he loves football. He loves practice and he loves the game. I think that goes a long way too for him.”

On Georgia’s scheduling of non-conference games and the cancellation of the games with Oregon…
“We feel like if we can get in the SEC Championship game, that spreads the brand good enough. What more do you need than that? I’m not sitting here saying that that was necessarily a bad idea, because when the idea came up I agreed to it, and it didn’t seem like a bad idea. The toughest part of that whole deal was just living out the travel of it. When you have those games sandwiched between two SEC games, I don’t think it’s healthy for your team to go play at South Carolina, then go to Arizona and fly through the night, then the next week you have Tennessee or Arkansas, or whoever it might be. If you’re going to battle, you’d like to be as prepared and well-rested as you can be.”

On getting Georgia’s younger players involved in the next three games…
“My focus is to win these games. Play the best players. If it’s freshmen that’s good too.”

On the caliber of receivers in the SEC…
“I would say just any given year you would think there would be a guy who could be a first rounder. There are NFL-caliber receivers in our league every year. Whether they are first rounders or not, I don’t know how crucial that is, but I think there are always NFL-caliber receivers in our league.

“There are a good bit of them who are bigger and more physical. If they aren’t big and physical, they better be super fast and quick. I think we all know that a lot of these games do come down to a very physical nature, and it’s hard to get a guy who when you recruit him is 5-8, 155 pounds. You want big men to block as receivers, but you also want a guy who can take a shot. If a kid runs an under route or a slant and he’s running through the gauntlet and he gets whacked by some of these linebackers and safeties, they have to be able to hold up. You want guys who are physically big enough to handle it. Like I said, if it’s a smaller guy, he better be really, really fast and quick.”

On whether Kris Durham’s injury is a one-game issue…
“Historically it has been. We’ve had other guys with the same issue, and they’ve missed usually a game. If it was an open date, they might not miss anything. We think if it heals like most guys, he’ll be able to play at Auburn. We were saying questionable (for Idaho State), but I would say after today’s meeting it doesn’t look like he’ll play.”

On whether Brent Benedict, Kolton Houston and Austin Long will be ready for spring practice…
“Brent we think yes, Kolton is already working, and Long is already working, so we do think they will all be there.”

Aaron Murray…
On placing the Florida game behind him…
“It was definitely an emotional game and an emotional loss but you can’t dwell on it too long. There’s still three games left in the year, working on four, and our goal is to go 4-0 the rest of the year. You have to learn from it and, like I said, we’ve still got a lot of work to go to keep getting better.”

On getting over the interception that he threw in overtime…
“It’s been tough to move on from that throw but you have to move on from it. It’s football. It happens. You just have to learn from it. Hopefully I’ll be put in that same situation again, I’ll learn from it and not make the same decision that I made that time. You just have to learn from your mistakes and keep getting better.”

On potentially getting the chance to win in a comeback fashion in the final three games…
“It definitely would be nice to finish off a game. We’ve come back from games, but haven’t had that comeback victory yet. We’ve either won pretty good or lost when it’s really close where we’ve had a chance to win. If you go back, I feel like if we change four or five plays this year, ten at the most, then we’d have a completely different season from this. We haven’t been blown out of one game. Every game we’ve been right in there and we feel that we’ve had the chance to win every game this year. It just hasn’t happened that way. You just have to learn from your mistakes and keep getting better and I feel like we have a lot better team that we did week two, week three, week four. We’ve got a much better team, but we have to keep getting better because there are three games left in the year and you want to win all of those games.”

Kris Durham
On the play of Tavarres King…
“Tavarres has done a lot of good things. He’s made a lot of big plays for us this year. He’s done a lot of productive things when he’s had the opportunity. He’s one of those guys that’s going to work hard, he’s going to get in there and do what he’s supposed to do. He’ll get in there and watch film, try to get better and listen to what the coaches say. I feel like given whatever opportunities we’re able to give him, he’s going to take advantage of it.”

On his health after coming out last game…
“I’m fine. I don’t hurt or anything. I felt fine. It doesn’t really hurt me to breathe or anything. I’ll still continue to play. I could feel the hit coming and I tried to brace myself as much as I could but I had my arms in there air from catching the ball so I was exposed.”

On the prospects of him playing in the NFL…
“I hope so. That’s my goal, to play at the next level. I feel like I’ve taken advantage of the opportunities that I’ve been given but I’m not focused on that right now. I’m focused on trying to do what we can the rest of the season and focused on getting better as a team, rather than just as an individual.”

Tavarres King…
On what it’s like playing against an FCS school like Idaho State…
“It’s fun. It’s going to be a fun game. I’m still going to get the chance to do what I love to do, which is play football. It’ll be interesting and I’ll get the chance to meet some new people. Meet the guys on the other side of the ball.”

On getting to meet the players on other teams…
“I talk a lot so when I line up, I get my scouting report. I learn the DBs names and if I’m around them, I say “What’s up” or something like that. I let them know that I know who they are, so I talk a little bit.”


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