“It was a real good day, a bit nippy with the wind, but there was a lot of energy out there and everybody was working hard,” said Georgia coach Mark Richt. “It’s hard to simulate Auburn’s offense, they play with such a tempo that is tough for the scout team to run the plays like they do it. It will take a while to get adjusted to that in the game but we’ll be ready. That will be an interesting part early in the game to see how we do.”
Richt said Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn has a great system that the Tigers have been able to adapt and post some of the top offensive numbers in the SEC.
“It’s not some kind of gimmick, it’s an outstanding system that he has been able to run with players that he inherited,” said Richt. “It worked in high school, it worked at Tulsa, and now it’s working at Auburn.”
The Tigers rank 10th in the nation in rushing offense (230 yards per game) and are tied for 11th in scoring offense (35 points per game). Auburn is on pace to set a school record for total offense. The Tigers have had 24 scoring drives this season that have taken less than two minutes, and 21 of those ended with touchdowns.
Richt said sophomore flanker A.J. Green and sophomore defensive end Justin Houston, have returned to practice and will be available against the Tigers. They missed this past Saturday’s game with injuries.
“A.J. looked like A.J. Green out there today, which is a good thing,” said Richt. “I think Justin might’ve been in a green jersey today but he’s moving around and we expect both will play.”
Richt is hoping for a calmer day weather-wise on Thursday as the Bulldogs conclude their week of practice.
“I think the wind was blowing like 14 to 20 miles per hour today, and that’s not ideal conditions to throw,” said Richt. “We hope tomorrow will be a pretty day like it’s supposed to be on Saturday. We got our work in, we’ve got a solid plan.”