Georgia coach Mark Richt hit on a bunch of topics on his regular Sunday evening teleconference:
–First, the latest injury updates.
Safety Josh Harvey-Clemons (foot) “is more likely” than wide receiver Chris Conley (ankle) to play against Florida on Nov. 2. after Georgia’s open date. Richt said he’s “hopeful” that both could play. Both were on crutches after Georgia’s 31-27 loss at Vanderbilt Saturday. Neither will need surgery.
“I’m not going to count anybody out yet,” Richt said.
Top tailback Todd Gurley has “a pretty good shot,” to return from an ankle injury against Florida. Richt said “we’re feeling pretty good” that wide receiver Michael Bennett (knee) can return against Florida.
“Hoping they can get at least one full week of practice with this open date,” Richt said. “I don’t know who’s really farther along than the other, I just heard that Michael’s doing well so I don’t really know what he would do this week. To really be ready to play, you need a week of practice.”
Later, speaking about Damian Swann working the nickel star position in place of Harvey-Clemons Saturday, Richt said “I don’t know how healthy Josh is going to be quite frankly for this next game. I’m sure Damian will be repping a lot inside until we know for sure the deal with Josh.”
–Richt offered his take on the targeting penalties from the Vanderbilt game, something he didn’t do right after the game.
On Ray Drew’s targeting penalty on a hit on quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels that drew an ejection for Drew: “Ray’s may be by the letter of the law and the rule. I guess it fit that description. I don’t think that the rules designed for that type of play, quite frankly. As you write up rules and you try to define it and everybody’s trying to figure out how to call it, it got called. It didn’t look like Ray was trying to blast a guy in any way, shape of form. I think he was trying to pull up. He certainly didn’t drive through the guy or try to him violently in any, way, shape of form. I really believe that the guard was actually holding him with his left hand and when he was losing him, a lot of times when you’re losing a guy as an offensive lineman, you push the defender, try to push him by the quarterback. I think he even got a little shove towards the quarterback actually. In the letter of the law, the officials felt like that it was a foul or at least when it happened in game speed. When it was replayed and they took a look at it, I really don’t know why they didn’t allow him to play. I’m glad that happened in the first half where now he won’t miss any of the game against Florida. That’s the best part about it. I don’t really think that rule was trying to capture that type of play.”
On Ramik Wilson’s targeting call that was reversed against receiver Jonathan Krause (but the 15 yards were still tacked on): “Obviously the one with Ramik was a good clean play and the officials after reviewing it felt the same way. Because of the rule as it states, you still have that 15-yard penalty even though the replay they felt it was a clean play. My guess is that will be one of the hottest topics on this rule is whether or not you’re going to review it and let a guy stay in the game because you don’t think it was targeting than you might possibly take the penalty away.”
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