Richt still wants better kickoff returns

Posted Oct 20, 2005

ATHENS - Mark Richt may have figured out why his kickoff return team is no better than it is.

They don’t get much game practice. Georgia, which is 11th in the SEC and 105th in the nation in returns, has only returned 10 kicks this year. Just one league team has had fewer chances. That, of course, is a good thing because it means the Bulldogs aren’t allowing many scores.

“It’s hard to get good at something without doing it much in a game,” Richt said.

Georgia’s kickoff return unit will look particularly bad Saturday when it’s compared to Arkansas’ group. The Razorbacks are third in the SEC and ninth in the nation in returns. Freshman Felix Jones is averaging 29 yards per on 14 returns.

“And we’ve had some issues there, so that really concerns me,” Richt said. “We’re a little undersized on the kickoff coverage team. We don’t have a lot of linebacker bodies in our program.”

Georgia, which is eighth in the SEC in kickoff coverage, has lost five linebackers prematurely since the end of last season.

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