LSU Week: Sunday Practice Notes

Posted Sep 27, 2009

ATHENS - Georgia aims to reduce its turnovers this season and continue to improve up front and in the running game, according to Bulldog coach Mark Richt in his weekly Sunday conference call with the media.

The 18th-ranked Bulldogs (3-1, 2-0 SEC) return to Southeastern Conference action Saturday when the play host to the fourth-ranked LSU (4-0, 2-0 SEC). The Tigers will be the highest ranked team to visit Athens since 1995 when third-ranked Florida made a rare trip to the Classic City.

Saturday’s kickoff is slated for 3:30 p.m., and the game will be televised live by CBS.

The Bulldogs are coming off a 20-17 win over Arizona State while LSU held off Mississippi State in Starkville 30-26.

“They (Arizona State) did a good job against us, we definitely have to get better up front,” said Richt. “There’s been some games that the line has played beautifully, but this game was not one of their best of the year. We have to get after it and play smart.”

When asked about Georgia’s running backs, Richt said they are young and still learning.

“There’s a couple of runs each game where you wish they could’ve done this or that, but the key is to get better, and they will,” said Richt. Also, a few times there was just nowhere to go.”

Turnovers continue to plague the Bulldogs as they are minus nine for the year. Opponents have converted 12 Georgia turnovers in to 54 points while the Bulldogs have managed six points off just three turnovers this season.

“We can’t do a whole lot more than what we’re doing in practice,” said Richt. “We may add some more ball-security drills or get our scout team to strip the ball. You can’t simulate a guy getting blasted or whatever it might be when it comes out. And not all the fumbles have been by running backs; we had a punt mishap, one on a kickoff return and some interceptions. We hope the guys who have had issues won’t have them again.”

The Bulldogs will begin their film study and preparations for LSU Sunday night and then take Monday off before resuming practice the remainder of the week starting Tuesday.

“They (LSU) had a close one last week too,” said Richt. “Both of us have been through it. Now we have to see how we match up, and it should be interesting. Right now, we’re just digging in to see what the matchups will be. Mississippi State did a great job defensively against them and we’ll see how they slowed them down.”

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