GOOD CALL: The rise of South Florida from unknown to No. 6 in this week’s Associated Press rankings has caught many people off guard, but Richt saw it coming several years ago. The Boca Raton, Fla., native was so sure of it that he asked his athletics director Damon Evans not to schedule the Bulls several years ago.
“The administration came to me and was like, ‘How would you like to play South Florida?’ I said, ‘No. They are too fast. They are too talented. They are well coached, and they are a team that would just love to make a reputation by playing us and beating us,’” he said. “I’d rather play a perennial Top 10 team than to play them.”
UPON FURTHER REVIEW: Thomas Brown has gotten plenty of credit for Saturday’s win over Ole Miss thanks to his 180 yards rushing, and Richt singled out defensive linemen Corvey Irvin for a key tackle in the second half. But the play of the game may have come in the third quarter, he believes after having more time to evaluate the game.
The Rebels led 7-0 when wide receiver Marshay Green caught a short pass from Seth Adams and streaked toward the end zone. Linebacker Dannell Ellerbe chased down Green and knocked him out of bounds at the 1-yard line, which seemed a symbolic gesture with Ole Miss had first-and-goal at the 1-yard line. However, Adams fumbled on the next snap and Georgia recovered.
“I didn’t make a big enough point in the public, but it didn’t go unnoticed in the meetings,” Richt said of Ellerbe’s play. “I’ll be honest with you, it was 14-0 in my mind, and then the ball came out and we get on it. The tackle prior to that play might have saved the game. Fourteen to zero, you just don’t know what happens to the psychology of the game at that point. That was a beautiful play.”
INJURY UPDATE: Georgia is planning on playing without starting guard Scott Haverkamp (ankle) on Saturday, meaning it would have only six game-ready linemen available. Richt doesn’t expect Kregg Lumpkin to get into the top of the running back rotation this week due to his health, he said.