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Blog: Dobbs responds to Gator lineman; Richt on play-calling, recruits’ whispers and the `Mad Hatter’

Some Monday night news and notes:

–Yes, it’s Auburn week, but I got a chance for the first time to ask Georgia defensive end Demarcus Dobbs to respond to something Florida offensive lineman Carl Johnson said last week

Johnson said the Gators’ no-huddle offense overwhelmed Georgia defensive players in Florida’s 34-31 overtime win, according to the Florida Times-Union.

“It’s fun seeing 300-pound linemen wheezing for air and you’re fine,” Johnson said. “The D-line, they’re wheezing and you’re like, ‘He’s tired. He’s tired.’”

Johnson mentioned Dobbs, who was wearing No. 31 in that game (Quintin Banks’ old number).

“When 31 got hurt, I was pointing (and saying), ‘He’s tired. He’s not really hurt,’” Johnson said. “He was just tired and faked an injury to get out of there, stop the clock. If he didn’t, we were on the ball, ready to go again, they were gassed.”

Dobbs laughed at the suggestion.

“He can check my rap sheet,” Dobbs said. “I play special teams and everything and I’m pretty sure if I couldn’t handle, if I was winded, I would have come off special teams before defense. That’s funny that he said that or what not. If you go back and look at the game, I don’t think they were too dominant as he might think they were on offense. They had big plays, but I don’t think he was the center of it.”

–Asked about Mike Bobo’s playcalling on his weekly call-in show, coach Mark Richt brought up Georgia setting a program record with five straight games of 30 or more points. “We’ve broken a school record offensively. The most times in Georgia football to score 30 points in successive games, five games in a row. That can’t be all bad. We’re plugging along OK.”

–Receiver Kris Durham (bruised lung) remains on track to play Saturday barring a setback, Richt said.

–Georgia has 16 known verbal commitments. Richt suggested there may be some silent commitments or near silent commitments out there as well.

“We feel like we’re in real good shape with the recruits we’ve already got committed and there’s a bunch of them that we’re working on that are very interested in us,” he said. “There’s a couple of them that pretty much whispered in my ear that there’s a good chance they’ll be at Georgia.”

–The daring gambles of LSU’s Les Miles had one fan wanting Richt to take more risks.

“You watched the `Mad Hatter’ this weekend,” Richt said. “It fired you up.”

LSU ran a reverse for 23 yards on a 4th-and-1 in its upset of Alabama.

“It was exciting,” the caller said. “I think it would give a spark to the guys and it would give them confidence.”

“When they don’t work out, you feel like if I didn’t do that, we might could have won this game without doing that,” Richt said. “You can hurt your team as much as you can help it, but there are times when you do need to take the risk.”

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