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Blog: Richt: `We’re going to be knocking on door’ of national title; Malcome poised to start; other updates

The question (or commentary) to Georgia coach Mark Richt came from someone who watches his program from afar.

“Coach 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,” he said.

That drew a chuckle from Richt towards the end of the Outback Bowl coaches press conference today prior to Monday’s game.

“You’re at a bowl game with 10 wins answering questions about expectations,” the person continued. “How do you handle that?”

Richt said he did not “worry too much about it.” He said he has a plan of action that he follows.

“As the leader of the program if I act like I’m fretting or if I act like I’m mad at something, it doesn’t help the staff, it doesn’t help the players, it doesn’t help recruiting. It doesn’t help anything. I know the University of Georgia is a great place to be. We’ve got tremendous facilities, great support from our fans, great support from our administration. We’ve got a bunch of coaches that know what we’re doing.”

Then he added this: “We’re 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’ll get there. That’s kind of how I see it.”

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.

“We’ve gotten at least four or five guys a lot of reps,” Richt said. “I imagine you might see as many as four guys in the game. …You’d think if you play more backs that they’ll be more fresh individually and can give all they’ve got and know when they’re 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.”

–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.

“He’s getting better day by day and I’m sure a little bit of adrenaline would help him,” Richt said. “I don’t know if he’ll get into a rotation or not. If we get an injury, he’d be the first one to go in right now.”

–Richt said he has not signed his contract extension yet.

“We haven’t said one thing about it since we agreed we all love each other,” Richt said laughing. “We’re just focusing on this game.”

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