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Blog: Richt Sunday teleconference: Tennessee week

It’s update time from Georgia coach Mark Richt’s Sunday evening teleconference heading into Tennessee week.

Not much news on the call, but it did take less than 10 seconds for a question to be posed mentioning how freshman tailback Todd Gurley is drawing comparisons “to maybe the greatest college running back of all time.”

–On the hamstring injury that bothered safety Shawn Williams during pregame warmups and during the game. ‚ÄúHe thought he pulled it while he was stretching, but it was more of a spasm. It just kind of tightened up on him. It kind of shook him up. He thought maybe he had pulled it. It turned out it wasn‚Äôt thankfully. I‚Äôm not saying it didn‚Äôt bother throughout the game. You‚Äôd really have to ask him how much it bothered him, but he played the majority of the game.‚Äù

–An Associated Press reporter who wasn‚Äôt at the game Saturday night asked Richt for an update on safety Bacarri Rambo and linebacker Alec Ogletree, who are expected to return from suspension this week.

Richt’s answer was familiar.

“We’ll figure it out in pregame warmup, I guess,” Richt said. “Just like last week.”

–Richt reiterated that he didn‚Äôt think defensive end Abry Jones ankle injury was serious. He had not received an injury update today.

–On junior college transfer receiver Cordarrelle Patterson, who signed with Tennessee overGeorgia. ‚ÄúWe knew he was a special player. We wanted him big-time. He just looked like a big-time difference maker, a big playmaker. The fact that he‚Äôs a couple of years out of high school even more of a threat to come in and make some things happen immediately.‚Äù

—Richt spent an hour and a half this afternoon watching Vandy gamefilm with the offensive staff and another hour and a half watching it with the defensive staff, which has had to deal with the suspensions this season.

“There’s definitely room for improvement,” Richt said. “I think to this point our team has done a good job, especially on defense, guys stepping into roles that they probably would have been if there weren’t anybody losing any playing time. …I think everybody who’s had an opportunity to play more than they probably would have has benefited from it. Thankfully, we won to this point through it all so that’s good, too.”

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