Mark Richt on Day 6 of Fall Camp; w/ Video
Mark Richt

Posted Aug 7, 2012


ATHENS - Mark Richt spoke with the media following the team's first two-a-days practice.

“We had two practices today. In the morning we got some work on special teams, and I thought it went well. We’re giving a lot of guy’s reps to create as much depth as possible, and continue to make sure we have the guys in the right spots. Also, because we have some new freshmen who seem to have the right body-type and athleticism we wanted to see them. I thought everybody has been doing well. We already have seven under our belt pretty quickly, and I have been pleased so far. I think the guys are in outstanding condition. We feel like once school starts we will have enough practices in the afternoon that we will get acclimated to that.”

Q: Did you get a longer look at your kickers today?

A: “I thought our extra point field goals were not what they need to be just yet. When they hit it really good it looks great, but there is a little bit of inconsistency as they were not deadly accurate. Marshall Morgan probably hit about 75 percent of his kicks. In regards to punters- I thought Colin had some balls with some outstanding hang time. With kickoffs I thought Jamie Lindley and Marshall did a good job.”

Q: How long does it take to figure out the kick coverage and return team?

A: “There are some spots where we know veterans are going to play, but sometimes enthusiasm can beat out experience. It’s kind of a race until the first game for those guys.”

Q: Who do you think you might use on special teams?

A: “At punt return we have had Malcom, Brandon Smith, Rambo, McGowan, Swann, and there might be another. For kickoff return we’re looking at Scott-Wesley, Smith, Mitchell, both freshmen tailbacks, and Gurley.”

Q: Are you seeing any separation between the punters and kickers?

A: “That will be a ways off. I think Linley is very capable of kicking off or kicking extra points, and Marshall Morgan as well. Colin and Erickson would be the next guys. I think all four of those guys can do it.”

Q: How big is the scrimmage tomorrow?

A: “It’s big for a lot of reasons. You want to see your units play well and gain confidence. There will be a lot of individuals who are trying to earn playing time, and everyone will get a chance to get something on film that coaches can evaluate. I think everyone loves a scrimmage because it is the closest thing to football that we can get. Sometimes guys just make plays and you get to see those guys.”

Q: How is the depth chart at tailback?

A: “I’m not too worried about the depth chart at tailback. I just want to see these guys get ready to play SEC football. They seem to have outstanding habits as far as their ball security, but they are still learning how to pass protect. No matter how many drills you put them in it’s hard. Scrimmages are the best gauge at how ready they are. I just want to see what a guy knows.”

Q: Who are you looking at for holder?

A: “I think it is Adam Erickson.”

Q: Jarvis said he wants to make Theus ready for the first game. Is it working?

A: “I think Theus is improving quite a bit. We expect him to fight for a starting role and he is right there for that battle. When Chris Burnette was out with a sickness we moved Watts inside and Theus has been getting a lot of reps.”

Q: How is Josh Harvey-Clemons

A: Very good-he has made some nice interceptions. I can think of four interceptions he’s had since he’s been here. He has good ball skills.”

Q: Jarvis said he wants to do special teams, what do you think?

A: “We need all hands on deck, and we need people to want to be on special teams. The demand has been that we need all people to chip in and help.”

Q: How do you measure how well practice goes?

A: “I gauge it on effort, attitude, and when you have veterans who have expectations of what they want it to look like it makes you feel good. We’re still making mistakes with penalties and missed assignments, but at the pace that we’re going the attitude is amazing. We’re going to keep getting better if we keep practicing like this.”

Q: How are things going with Kolton?

A: “He’s either in or he’s out, but in the meantime we want to keep him clued in-in case he gets to the point where he can play. We’re still hopeful, and we haven’t given up on the possibility of him playing this year.”

Official Georgia Practice release:

ATHENS - The sixth-ranked Georgia football team conducted the first of two two-a-days slated for the 2012 preseason camp with a pair of 90-minute sessions on Tuesday.

The Bulldogs concentrated mostly on special teams in the morning practice at Sanford Stadium, then returned to the Woodruff Practice Fields for the second session in shorts and helmets.

“We had two practices today, and I thought they went well,” said head coach Mark Richt. “We are still working a lot of people and getting a lot of guys reps to create as much depth as possible and also to evaluate in certain spots. It was a good morning.

“This afternoon we installed our one-minute offense. I thought we had a good day. Everybody has been doing well. We already have seven (practices) under our belt pretty quickly, and I’ve been pleased so far. I think we’re on track and I think we’re working hard.”

Tuesday’s special teams practice allowed Richt and his staff to assess the group of kickers and punters that includes true freshmen Marshall Morgan and Colin Barber.

“I thought our extra points and field goals were not what they need to be yet,” Richt said. “When they hit it really good it looked great, but there was a little inconsistency and not as deadly accurate as you want. A lot of it is getting used to going full speed with the live rushers and new holder and just being in Sanford Stadium.

“As far as the punting, I thought Colin had some balls with some outstanding hang time. I think he understands that part. His operation time was pretty good.”

The team will return to full pads Wednesday morning for the first scrimmage of the preseason.

“It’s very big for a lot of reasons,” Richt said of Wednesday’s scrimmage. “You want to gain confidence in your unit. That’s a big part of it. There will be a lot of individuals who will be trying to earn playing time. Everybody is going to get a chance to get something on film that the coaches can evaluate.”

Fall semester classes begin at UGA next Monday, Aug. 13, and the annual Fans Picture Day will be held Saturday, Aug. 18, in the Reed Plaza area of Sanford Stadium. Georgia football players will be on hand for photos and autographs from 3-5 p.m. between Gates 2 and 4. Richt will also be available from 3-5 p.m. for those with ticket coupons.

Georgia will play host to Buffalo in the season opener Sept. 1 at 12:21 p.m., and the game will be televised live by the SEC Network.

Tickets to the home football games against Buffalo and Florida Atlantic (Sept. 15) are on sale to the general public and can be purchased online at http://gado.gs/4a or by calling the UGA Athletic Association ticket office at 1-877-542-1231.


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