Some updates from Georgia football coach Mark Richt‚Äôs regular Sunday evening teleconference:
–Former Georgia and Oconee County quarterback Zach Mettenberger‚Äôs return to Athens this week came up several times during the call.
Richt said he won‚Äôt bring up that storyline with the team ‚Äúother than trying to defend the quarterback who happens to be Zach Mettenberger. We‚Äôre not going to be worried so much that he‚Äôs Zach Mettenberger as much as he‚Äôs 6-foot-5, 230-whatever he is and can sling it. We just want to do the best we can to defend him and defend their offense, but I‚Äôm not going to get into anything other than he‚Äôs an opponent that we‚Äôre trying to defeat.‚Äù
–Mettenberger‚Äôs mother, Tammy, will have the week off from her job as administrative assistant in the football office.
‚ÄúShe loves her son, obviously,” Richt said. “It would be awkward for her to be hanging around all week. She won‚Äôt be in this week. I told her enjoy it. Go have some fun and do some things you normally wouldn‚Äôt do this time of the year and enjoy it. We‚Äôve been knowing Zach since he‚Äôs a very young kid. We all really like Zach and want the best for him but we just don‚Äôt want him to win the game this weekend. That‚Äôs the about the only thing that is different than normal is we‚Äôre just competing against him this week.‚Äù
–On Mettenberger‚Äôs performance this season: ‚ÄúHe seems very confident right now. He‚Äôs playing on a great team. He‚Äôs got some great backs and receivers and some big, strong linemen up front. I‚Äôm sure he‚Äôs benefitting from his new coordinator (Cam Cameron) and their great defense. They‚Äôre winning and they‚Äôre excited.‚Äù
Richt said LSU is ‚Äúvery balanced in what they can in that they can do both equally well.‚Äù
–ESPN‚Äôs College GameDay returns to Athens for the first time since the Alabama game in 2008. The blackout that Georgia had that game in a 41-30 loss isn‚Äôt returning, Richt said.
‚ÄúYeah, we‚Äôre not going to do a blackout,‚Äù Richt said. ‚ÄúNo.‚Äù
–Tight end Jay Rome has a sore ankle and isn‚Äôt ruled out yet for Saturday‚Äôs game. ‚ÄúI don‚Äôt even know if he rolled it again. He may have re-sprained it, I don‚Äôt know. We‚Äôll just see how he does tomorrow. We‚Äôre not counting him out for the game.‚Äù
–On looking at kickoff coverage after a 99-yard return for TD against North Texas: ‚ÄúWe‚Äôve been really covering kicks extremely well all year long and then you get one like that, you might think it‚Äôs broken, but it‚Äôs really not broken. We‚Äôve just got to go back to doing what we‚Äôve been doing all year long and that‚Äôs placing the ball where we want it and getting guys down there covering and being in the right spots and making the play when they get there.‚Äù
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