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Blog: Richt’s Sunday teleconference

Georgia coach Mark Richt answered questions this evening on his regular Sunday teleconference.

It was a relatively short call after the Bulldogs were off this weekend.

“Sunday open date,” Richt pointed out. “It’s a boring night.”

Here’s some of what he had to say:

–On SEC East race: “Right now, I think the best thing for Georgia is to focus on getting better, focus on Kentucky. That’s kind of a boring answer as always, but it’s really what we’ve got to do. We’ve got some things we’ve got to clean up. We’ve been giving up too many big plays. We’ve got to make sure we don’t do that. We’ve got to make sure we get back to running the ball like we’ve been running it early in the year. We’re break even in turnover ratio, which isn’t awful, but we need to get more turnovers. We need to protect the ball a little bit better. We’ve still got some things we need to clean up in some of our special teams areas. We’ve got a lot of things we can continue to get better at.”

–On going forward at midway point of season: “We had the break at the midpoint. We’ve got six games to go. We want to finish strong. If we can keep improving as we go, we’ve got a chance to have some fun at the end here, but we’ve got a ways to go.”

–On if he still thought outside linebacker Jarvis Jones would play Saturday after missing practices last week with a sprained ankle: “Oh yeah. Sure do.”

–On if he watched LSU beat South Carolina: “We were riding from my son Jon’s game (at Mars Hill (N.C.) College). We went to watch his game and then afterwards we had dinner together. We were riding home and we were kind of just checking the computer. As we were going down the road, every so often we would get a score. I think when we got home, we saw just the last couple of minutes of the ballgame. We might have seen the last five minutes of the game. Then I stayed up and watched a little bit of Tennessee-Mississippi State.”

–On if heard from his players about the Gamecocks losing: “I have not talked to one of them yet. Pretty much this weekend was designed for everybody to get away from football as much as they could and relax and get their minds recharged a little bit, get their bodies recharged and ready to go. Not to say everybody wasn’t watching that game, I’m sure most everybody was and I’m sure everybody’s excited about it, but we’ve really got to spend our energy on Kentucky, and Georgia getting better.”

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