Richt holds off on draft talks

Georgia’s coaches may have a good feel for whether underclassmen considering leaving for the NFL will go or stay, but Richt didn’t want to talk about that much on the eve of the game

“I don’t know for sure,” coach Mark Richt said. “Nobody’s told me point-blank one way or the other what they’re going to do.”

Linebackers Jarvis Jones and Alec Ogletree, quarterback Aaron Murray and nose guard Kwame Geathers will make their intentions known before the Jan. 15 deadline for player to declare for the NFL draft.

Richt will spend much of next week in Nashville, Tenn., for the American Football Coaches Association convention. He’s now on the board of trustees and is also speaking at the event.

“I’ll be at the convention more than I usually am,” Richt said.

Some of Georgia’s assistant coaches will also be there, too.

“Some of them just take the time to decompress a little bit and spend time with the family. I kind of leave it up to the coaches,” Richt said.

Georgia hopes to hire a new defensive line coach soon, but Richt still isn’t planning on naming a special-teams coordinator. He reiterated that he planned to take a more active role with the kickers.

“I do plan to educate myself better on the fundamentals of doing it,” he said.

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