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Blog: Richt telconference notes heading into Missouri week

Georgia coach Mark Richt held his first Sunday evening teleconference of the season with reporters tonight.

Here‚Äôs a quick rundown heading into Saturday’s game at new SEC member Missouri:

–Richt had no injury updates to offensive tackle John Theus (ankle), Ken Malcome (wrist), Malcolm Mitchell (ankle) and Marlon Brown (strained hamstring) since he said a staff meeting that would include the latest information on injuries was after the teleconference. ‚ÄúI‚Äôve not heard a thing other than what I heard yesterday, which was hopefully it wasn‚Äôt too bad of an ankle sprain to Theus but it was an ankle.‚Äù

–From the film Richt saw of Missouri‚Äôs 62-10 win over Southeastern Louisiana, he said the Tigers had more energy than Georgia did against Buffalo.

“It looked likeMissouri’s boys played harder than our boys played,” Richt said. “I don’t know what the temperature was for their game. Did they play in the evening? (The game was played at night and in some rain) That might have helped them a little bit, but it was staggering the heat and humidity was definitely a factor with how hard everybody played in our game. Certainly, what I’ve seen so far in the energy level of the film I’m seeing, I’m seeing a team that’s really getting after it. I’m not saying our guys didn’t play hard, but we probably played as hard as we could considering the elements.”

–This is not just another game on the schedule, according to Richt.

“It’s a big game, it’s a huge game,” he said. “It’s a huge game for them, no doubt. It’s a huge game for us, too, though, because we’ve got our goals and they’ve got their goals and, shoot, to me it’s the biggest game of the year, no doubt. We’ll see. I know they’ll be ready. They’re very impressive with what they do. They’re very impressive just even their body types you see, they’re very muscular, lean, fast, good change of direction, play with a high level of energy like I said. I haven’t looked at their offense yet this year, but I saw what they did a year ago. They’re very, very good at what they do. …It’s a monster game.”

–On former walk-on safety Connor Norman, who started his first game for Georgia: ‚ÄúOverall, Connor did a good job. I can think of one play where he missed a tackle out there in space, but just about every safety inAmericais going to miss a tackle here and there when you‚Äôve got too much space with a back.‚Äù

Norman is ahead of sophomore Corey Moore. Richt said coaches “hope Corey continues to push hard for playing time, but right now we think Connor’s more ready to play.”

–Richt was asked by a St. Louis reporter if it will be Saturday when the status of Bacarri Rambo and Alec Ogletree will be known. ‚ÄúYeah.¬† We‚Äôll know when the time comes.‚Äù Both missed the Buffalo game with suspensions.

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