HD Video: Richt's Wednesday Conference

ATHENS - Mark Richt speaks with media following Wednesday's practice before the Tennessee game.

Mark Richt:

Well I think we definitely got better today. I thought the effort was outstanding. The scout team did their part, especially the second-teamers. They really focused on making every play that came their way. That's a good sign of focus.

Gurley's status:

Todd did not practice. There's no drop dead [day]. There used to be that. A lot of times it depends on what type of guy it is. If a guy knows what to do and he feels great on Saturday I feel like I'd still play him anyway.

I'm not going to say for sure on that. It's still just day-to-day. He tried a little today in the green room, but he knew he couldn't go today.

Green and Douglas:

They've been getting that work all along.

Tray Matthews:

He was out there at the end of practice. He tweaked his hamstring yesterday. We'll see how bad it was, but it was bad enough to where he couldn't go today. We have to make some decisions if in fact he can't go.


I think he's very capable of carrying it as many times as we need him to. We've got all these TV timeouts. There's a lot more rest in the game. I think he could carry it 20 or 25 times if we need him to.

Ray Drew:

He's getting a lot more reps. He's playing hard. I think he's gained a lot of confidence and momentum. I think Sterling Bailey is liking that category too. Now you've got these long, athletic ends to go along with Jordan [Jenkins] and Leonard [Floyd]. That's the way we should look.

Tony Ball:

Tony's done a great job. He's a great teacher. We're in a cycle where we've had guys around for a while. We don't have many first-year guys right now because we've got guys who have been around the program for a while. It's just so nice to have the same receivers coach for all that time. Those reps in practice help them play in the game.

O-Line progression:

I think we've got to focus like we focused last game. We've got to be really prepared and understand what we're doing. I just don't think for some reason that we've arrived. I liked it a lot today. I was impressed. There was not one guy I would say was all the sudden thinking he arrived. They were all working together and it was an organized practice.

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