Instead of regularly scheduled special teams work, Richt instructed his players via text to get ready for a full pads, full contact practice.
The change marked the first time in Richt’s tenure at Georgia such a physical practice has been held following a game.
“We hadn’t been blocking and tackling real good, so we decided to have a little spring ball today,” Richt said. “Normally we’re in shorts and get in a little running and work on a few things, but we decided to get the pads on and get after it.”
The “spring ball” term meant that Georgia players went through drills, with each offensive and defensive starting unit competing against each other.
The switch in plans led to an “emotional” practice, according to players.
“I look at it like coach Richt said, we’ve been doing the same thing and getting the same result, so throw the curveball and try something different,” said senior cornerback Vance Cuff. “We got after it today and when it came up to the team guys were like, “Yeah, we’re about to get after it.’ Because everybody feels like we’ve got to tighten down and change up and do some stuff. That was a nice curveball to comeback out on Monday and be able to hit. I mean, we are football players, guys like to hit.”
Richt said players displayed, “very good tempo,” and called the session a, “high energy practice.”
And adding to the good news once the dust settled: “Nobody got hurt,” Richt said.
The obvious question seems why Georgia had to endure four losses before making the change.
“I mean, players play, coaches coach,” Cuff said. “He tells me what to do and I do it. I’m sorry I didn’t give the answer, but that’s all I got.”