Some highlights from Mark Richt’s Sunday evening teleconference heading into an open date week on the schedule:
–The injury news was good for offensive tackle Kenarious Gates (ankle) and tailback Keith Marshall (knee), Richt said.
“Anybody who was injured, including those two, any kind of X-rays we looked at, everybody’s fine,” Richt said. “They all came out negative. We’re expecting everybody to play in our next ballgame.
That would be Sept. 21 against North Texas.
–Marshall Morgan will come off his suspension for the North Texas game and take over the kicking duties.
“I know Marshall has been kicking the ball extremely well,” Richt said.
Patrick Beless made all 10 extra points he attempted and the two field goal tries from 22 and 37 yards, but Richt said that Marshall would have won the job if competing with Beless and Adam Erickson in the preseason.
Morgan was suspended for two games after being arrested for boating under the influence.
“Marshall has made a mistake, Marshall’s been disciplined for that and I’m not going to continue to punish him,” Richt said. “Right now, I’m expecting Marshall to come in and take over the kicking duties, but it’s good to know that Patrick is capable and has been in big games and can come in a pinch if we need to.”
–The first thing Richt said stood out when he watched film from the 41-30 win against South Carolina?
“Just watching Gurley run was fun,” he said. “He’s just a powerful back, has got such great balance, speed. I thought our backs pass protected really well. Our linemen really did improve from game one to game two. They protected better overall and they got after it physically.”
–Richt said defensive end Sterling Bailey “played extremely well” and Ray Drew “really made progress.” Inside linebacker Amarlo Herrera continues to get better.
–Wide receiver Jonathon Rumph won’t redshirt, Richt said. He has yet to play due to a hamstring injury.
“We hope he’s 100 percent,” Richt said. “He was close. He practiced some, but he just couldn’t’ cut it loose. He couldn’t go full speed. We didn’t want him to push it. I can’t imagine not being able to go full speed by the time we play this next game. I would hope we can get him going.”
Richt said safety Shaquille Fluker and cornerback Kennar Johnson–both junior college transfers–aren’t close to being ready to play after being set back by some injuries in the preseason.
–Two defensive assistants for South Carolina had to be separated in a heated moment on the sidelines during Saturdays’ game.
Richt was asked if he ever had a similar type of situation on the sideline.
“Not in a game that I can remember, but I really did like coach (Steve) Spurrier’s comments,” Richt said. “That’s probably the same thing I would have said. You know what? At least these guys care. Football’s an emotional game, it’s a physical game, it’s a competitive game and sometimes tempers flare. I’ve had plenty of stuff on the practice field that if it was out in the open, everybody would be like, `What’s going on? Guys are very competitive and tempers get hot every once in a while, but everybody’s fine when it’s over.”
—Georgia will practice Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week. Coaches will go on the road recruiting towards the end of the week. The players will have next weekend off.
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