Tenn. Tech Week: Sunday Practice Report


Posted Nov 1, 2009


ATHENS - Georgia return to Sanford Stadium this Saturday for a Homecoming date with Tennessee Tech.

Georgia (4-4) spent most of October on the road, traveling to Tennessee twice and to Jacksonville this past Saturday. When the Bulldogs play host to the Golden Eagles (5-3) Saturday, 35 days will have passed between home games. The Bulldogs had a stretch of 42 days between home games in 2008.

Speaking on his Sunday conference call with the media, Georgia coach Mark Richt said the Bulldogs have returned to work with their focus on the upcoming game with Tennessee Tech.

“We’re 4-4, and we need to win the game,” said Richt. “If we’re truly men of integrity like we try to be, when things don’t go well, we have to work as hard just like when things are going great, and we plan to work hard. There have been teams over the years that give in, and we’re not going to be one of those, we’ll keep fighting and practicing hard each week like we have been. That’s our goal to keep chopping wood.”

Richt was asked about any potential lineup changes and said he and his staff evaluate everybody at every position each week.

“We just got done looking at the film, and there’s nothing to report now,” said Richt. “Any time a young guy is playing, it bodes well for the future. Any decision I make or we make as a staff, it’s based on the best chance we have to win this year. We owe that to our seniors, our fans, to everybody who bust their tail every day.”

The Bulldogs are minus 15 in turnover margin and part of that has been Georgia missing out on recovering fumbles. Georgia has forced 10 fumbles and only recovered one.

“We went in to this last game (Florida) with nine forced fumbles and we’d had gotten one, and some of that is just the way the ball bounces,” said Richt. “There was one yesterday around the 30, we forced it and Florida got that one back. We have not been able to get on it, and that’s been a problem.”

Georgia has 14 fumbles and lost eight of them plus have thrown 13 interceptions while the Bulldog defense has recorded five interceptions. Opponents have scored 88 points off Georgia’s 21 turnovers this season. Sixteen of those turnovers have come inside Georgia territory. In the loss to top-ranked Florida, the Gators scored 17 points off four Bulldog miscues.


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