The question (or commentary) to Georgia coach Mark Richt came from someone who watches his program from afar.
‚ÄúCoach from an outside perspective we watch you every couple of years get criticism from inside your own state that frankly the rest if us just think is stupid,‚Äù he said.
That drew a chuckle from Richt towards the end of the Outback Bowl coaches press conference today prior to Monday‚Äôs game.
‚ÄúYou‚Äôre at a bowl game with 10 wins answering questions about expectations,‚Äù the person continued. ‚ÄúHow do you handle that?‚Äù
Richt said he did not ‚Äúworry too much about it.‚Äù He said he has a plan of action that he follows.
‚ÄúAs the leader of the program if I act like I‚Äôm fretting or if I act like I‚Äôm mad at something, it doesn‚Äôt help the staff, it doesn‚Äôt help the players, it doesn‚Äôt help recruiting. It doesn‚Äôt help anything. I know the University of Georgia is a great place to be. We‚Äôve got tremendous facilities, great support from our fans, great support from our administration. We‚Äôve got a bunch of coaches that know what we‚Äôre doing.‚Äù
Then he added this: ‚ÄúWe‚Äôre going to be knocking on the door of the greatest success that you can have in college football. If we keep knocking hard enough, one day we‚Äôll get there. That‚Äôs kind of how I see it.‚Äù
Some other tidbits from Richt:
–Ken Malcome ‚Äúprobably will‚Äù start at tailback agains Michigan State.
‚ÄúI think he‚Äôs going to unless something gets blown up between now and then,” Richt said “which I don‚Äôt think will. Kenny had a good bowl practice back inAthens but also here in town. We feel like he‚Äôs earned the right to start this game.”
Isaiah Crowell, Richard Samuel and Carlton Thomas giveGeorgiaother options behind Malcome.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôve gotten at least four or five guys a lot of reps,‚Äù Richt said. ‚ÄúI imagine you might see as many as four guys in the game. ‚Ä¶You‚Äôd think if you play more backs that they‚Äôll be more fresh individually and can give all they‚Äôve got and know when they‚Äôre in there they need to perform well if they want to get more totes. Yeah, I feel as good as I have about our tailback position in a while.‚Äù
–Senior defensive end DeAngelo Tyson (ankle) won‚Äôt play, Richt said. Inside linebacker Mike Gilliard (ankle) ‚Äúprobably won‚Äôt,‚Äù Richt said but he wasn‚Äôt ruling him out.
–Offensive guard Dallas Lee, who suffered a broken leg against Florida, is available to play, but Richt said ‚ÄúDallas is not what he was before the injury. He‚Äôs not in harm‚Äôs way by practicing or playing at this point, but I don‚Äôt know if he‚Äôs moving quite as well as he was prior to the injury.
‚ÄúHe‚Äôs getting better day by day and I‚Äôm sure a little bit of adrenaline would help him,‚Äù Richt said. ‚ÄúI don‚Äôt know if he‚Äôll get into a rotation or not. If we get an injury, he‚Äôd be the first one to go in right now.‚Äù
–Richt said he has not signed his contract extension yet.
‚ÄúWe haven‚Äôt said one thing about it since we agreed we all love each other,‚Äù Richt said laughing. ‚ÄúWe‚Äôre just focusing on this game.‚Äù
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