Georgia coach Mark Richt figured the question would be coming about star receiver A.J. Green not getting more involved in the offense in the Bulldogs’ overtime loss to Florida on Saturday
“I had a feeling y’all might ask that so I actually did a little research,” Richt said Sunday evening on his weekly teleconference.
Green was held to four catches for a season-low 42 yards. He caught a 15-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter.
Richt said there were 16 plays called in the 34-31 loss where Green was the primary receiver and six others where he was No. 2 in the progression.
Quarterback Aaron Murray had 37 pass attempts.
“Most of your route concepts have other receivers in the progression depending on what the coverage is, and protection is sometimes a factor or even how well a route was run or whether the quarterback was accurate,” Richt said. “There are so many things that go into it.”
Richt said the 63-yard touchdown pass to Tavarres King could have gone to “a lot of different guys,” including Green.
“There’s a lot of things that go into that that will decide whether the ball gets to him or not,” Richt said. “You could do what we did—throw those fast screens, those quick screens where you throw it to him in the flat. It’s a `him” route only. He can catch the ball and stiff arm a couple of guys and get six or eight yards, which is great, but we’re not complaining about that.”
–WR Kris Durham is questionable for Saturday’s game against Idaho State with a bruised lung.
“He might have some blood in there that you’ve got to deal with,” Richt said. “We’ll see how it goes.”
–Center Ben Jones was bothered by an ankle injury on the play in overtime when Murray threw an interception, but Richt said he was told Sunday that Jones is fine.
–Richt didn’t sound thrilled with the first offensive play call when Murray was picked off by Janoris Jenkins on a hitch route to Green. “If anything, we should have challenged him deep before we just threw a hitch out there in my opinion,” Richt said.
–After nine straight games without an open date, Richt said he would consider if the practice schedule might be changed at all.
“We’ve got to think about that a little bit,” he said. “We’ve got two more games before we do have an open date. We’ve actually been in pretty good shape on the injury front lately. There’s been some guys here and there as we all know, but overall we haven’t had a rash of them. I’m not saying we won’t, but if we do, it won’t be a huge change.”
–Richt said pressure on Murray on the overtime interception forced Murray to throw the ball earlier than he wanted. He also said one route was run too deep.
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