“We know we’ve got to focus on our business, or [the Florida-South Carolina game] won’t mean anything” said Richt. “…I don’t really worry too much about it. What I am not doing is focusing on it. I’m not going to sit there and have that game become a distraction to the preparation for our game.”
When Georgia kicks off against the Wildcats at 7 p.m. Saturday, the Bulldogs may already know who won the matchup between South Carolina and Florida, which begins at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
Richt said he has no plans to prevent his team from finding out who wins between the No. 3 Gators and No. 9 Gamecocks.
“I don’t think there’s any way to keep someone from finding out what’s going on in college football,” said Richt. “I think everybody is going to know what happened in that game. I’m not expecting that we can keep it a secret or even that I want to keep it a secret.
He added, “Even if I tried to say I don’t want to hear anything, you may get on the bus and the bus driver says something. You gotta clue everybody in because everybody loves college football, and everybody is going to be watching that game.”
Richt said that regardless of the outcome between the Gators and Gamecocks, there are plenty of games left on the schedule.
“The reality is that South Carolina has three more games to play, and we’ve got four more games to play in league play,” said Richt.
All-American Jones’s status still in the air
With Jarvis Jones’s status for Saturday’s game against Kentucky in doubt, freshman outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins is preparing to earn his second start.
“I’ve been thinking on it just in case [Jones doesn’t play],” said Jenkins. “I’m trying to get ready. If he is out, I’m going to hurry up and get some sacks to get to his level and get passed him before he gets back.”
Jenkins started against Florida Atlantic in place of Jones, who sat out with a groin injury. Jones’s status for Kentucky this Saturday is in the air, as the All-American has not practiced since suffering a sprained ankle against South Carolina October 6.
Georgia head coach Mark Richt sidestepped questions Jones’s status Wednesday.
“I don’t really want the whole world to know what’s going on, either, because somebody has to play us and decide whether they are planning for him or not planning for him,” said Richt.
Richt told Atlanta radio station 680 The Fan earlier Wednesday, "If he gets the OK to play, then you play. That's just the way football is."
Grantham: OLB Washington a “team guy”
Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham had high praise for outside linebacker/defensive end Cornelius Washington this week.
“I think he’s played well in the things we’ve asked him to do,” said Grantham. “He’s been a team guy. He has played end, outside linebacker and inside in our nickel stuff, too. He’s shown up a little bit. Sometimes it doesn’t show to the naked eye.”
Washington has started five games this season, racking up 15 tackles and three tackles for loss, but the senior recorded just one solo tackle since the Missouri game and went without a tackle against Florida Atlantic and Vanderbilt.
“He’s played well,” said Grantham. “He doesn’t always get the production plays that make the stats.”
Washington has recorded eight quarterback hurries this season, which ties him for second on the team with Jenkins.
“I think last week was a good week to get him healthy. He was a little banged up. As we move forward, him getting healthy will allow him to be the kind of guy you’re looking for,” said Grantham. “He’s given us everything he’s got, and I think he’s going to help us in the future with what he’s doing.”
Theus not worried about Pollack’s “liability” comment
Prior to Georgia’s matchup with South Carolina two weeks ago, former Georgia star David Pollack, who serves as a broadcaster on ESPN’s College GameDay, called starting tackle John Theus a “liability” for the Bulldogs against the Gamecocks.
“Reporters say stuff,” said Theus. “It is what it is. Pollack was a great player here, and he does his job and he does it well. His opinion is his opinion. It doesn’t bother me at all.”
Theus, a true freshman, was tasked with containing South Carolina’s 6-foot-8 defensive end Devin Taylor, who finished with three tackles, a pass breakup, one quarterback hurry and a half tackle for loss in South Carolina’s 35-7 victory.
“Maybe, if he watched that game, [Pollack] had a different opinion,” said Theus. “There was a lot of stuff that myself and the team needed to improve on. It was a rough game overall, but I think I played decent. I still have a long way to go, but I think I played decent.”
Theus said he doesn’t focus on what the media says, and he learned of the comment after the game was over. One member of his family, however, wasn’t too happy to hear Pollack’s comment.
“Mama doesn’t like that,” Theus said with a smile. “I love my mom to death, and she sticks up for me and my brothers like no other. I love her for that.”
Reporters asked Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo if he had seen the “Honey Bobo” sign that was displayed on ESPN’s College GameDay before the South Carolina game. The sign featured a picture of Bobo with golden, curley hair, akin to the main character in TLC’s “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.” Bobo laughed and said, “I have not seen the show, but I saw the sign. Everybody made sure to send me a picture of it. I wish I had hair like that.”
...Georgia practiced in helmets and shorts Wednesday and will do the same today. Linebacker Dexter Morant (illness) was held out of practice for a second consecutive day.
...On Wednesday, Richt said of his freshman tailbacks Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall: “They’re not in awe of the situation, but they’re enjoying it. Nothing is old hat to them yet. I don’t think they have the expectation of ‘I deserve this. I deserve that’…and I doubt they will because they’re just that kind of people.”