Mark Richt wants to see Bulldog fans out and loud at Sanford this weekend. He said fans will play a big part in the game, just as Clemson‚Äôs played a big part in last week‚Äôs game.
‚ÄúWe really do need our fans to be a part of this game. Crowd noise really is a factor,‚Äù Richt said. ‚ÄúSome of our pass protection issues had a little bit to do with [Clemson‚Äôs] crowd noise. If we were at home, we have the ability to verbalize, change our snap and keep people off balance. Our crowd is crucial in this ballgame.‚Äù
Whether it‚Äôs high school or NFL football, Richt said crowd noise is disruptive regardless of how experienced a team is.
‚ÄúYou have guys that are professional athletes who have been doing it for years still jumping offsides, having issues with a delay of game or having to call a timeout because the communication is not right,‚Äù Richt said. ‚ÄúWe need our crowd to create that atmosphere where it‚Äôs very difficult for South Carolina‚Äôs offense to operate.‚Äù