UGA Football Notebook: Richt makes first Hall of Fame

Mark Richt has averaged nearly 10 wins a year in 11 seasons coaching at Georgia. He’s made four trips to the Southeastern Conference championship game, won two SEC titles and has a .736 winning percentage.

That could be future College Football Hall of Fame credentials.

Richt has never made any hall of fame, but that will change tonight.

The Georgia coach will be inducted into the Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame in West Palm Beach, Fla.

“That’s pretty cool, I guess,” Richt said.

Richt played quarterback for Boca Raton High School, earning a scholarship to play nearby at the University of Miami. His senior high school season stands out most for him.

“I think we ended up 11-2 or something like that, went to the semifinals of the state championship, lost to Miami Carol City, 15-12, in Lockhart Stadium,” Richt said. “It was a terrible rain storm. If we could have beat them, we would have played for the state championship, but they beat us. They won the state championship the next week.”

Among the other nine inductees: Baltimore Ravens receiver Anquan Boldin and former Florida State receiver Jessie Hester.

Garcia visits his front-runner

Georgia received a verbal commitment on its junior day Saturday from West Laurens linebacker Johnny O’Neal.

High school recruits weren’t the only prospects there.

Also on hand was offensive tackle Max Garcia, who is looking for a new school after deciding to transfer from Maryland. He was watching the offensive line go through drills early in practice.

The 6-foot-5, 310-pounder from Norcross spoke to the Ole Miss’ Scout.com site after he visited Oxford earlier in the week.

“(Georgia’s) been my front-runner because it’s so close to home,” he said. “But I’ll say this, after my visit to Ole Miss, they’ve moved up to No. 2. I really don’t have a list to be honest, but I can say that I have a high interest in both Georgia and Ole Miss right now.”

Garcia, who will have to sit out this coming season under NCAA transfer rules, said he will also visit Florida and Vanderbilt.

Full-tilt practice in full pads

Richt called Saturday’s first session of the spring in full pads “a very spirited practice.”

There were several fights, according to inside linebacker Mike Gilliard, including one between inside linebacker Alec Ogletree and tailback Isaiah Crowell that a visiting recruit tweeted about.

“Those boys got into it,” Gilliard said. “I’m not really sure what happened. That’s football. … It’s all good. We’re all one team at the end of the day.”

The defense again had the edge on the offense, but Richt said it wasn’t a shutout this time — “which tells me the offense is improving and making progress,” he added.

Said linebacker Jarvis Jones: “Our defense being much older than our offense right now, especially up front, our offense is grinding it out. We’re making plays. They’re getting a bit frustrated. That’s what we want. We want to put them in situations, so they can learn and they can improve in those situations.”

Jones on ‘young’ outside LBs

With Cornelius Washington and Ray Drew working at defensive end this spring, the outside linebacker group includes juniors Chase Vasser, T.J. Stripling and Reuben Faloughi and sophomore Ramik Wilson.

“We’re young, man, we’re really young,” Jones said. “I’ve still got this year and next year left. If you look at it as a whole, we’re really young. … They’re having fun doing it and coach is putting them in the right position to make plays. They’re experiencing it early.”

This and that

 

Austin Long was lined up at first-team right tackle early in Saturday’s practice. Watts
Dantzler
has also worked that spot. … Peach County receiver Demarcus Robinson was among the other 2013 prospects watching practice under sunny conditions in the morning. … The Bulldogs don’t practice again until Tuesday.

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