Richtified

Richtified

Quotes and Quips from Georgia head coach Mark Richt following UGA's second day of practice for the Jan. 2 Sugar Bowl versus West Virginia.

Opening Statement: "We had our first practice today. We had some conditioning on the front end to see where they were. Just about everyone did very well. A couple of guys, it got to them a little bit. It got to the big men a little bit. Most everybody seemed to be in good condition. We had a good practice. I think the guys seemed to be focused. I didn't see anybody not having the right type of attitude towards this first practice. Last night, the guys had a great time at ESPN Zone. I appreciate the Sugar Bowl providing that for us."

WVU also went to the ESPN Zone.

Update on Shawn Bailey: "Shawn Bailey is out. He'll have ACL surgery. Kenneth Harris will be the guy who'll start in his position. T.J. Gartrell has really not been doing well. He has not been able to practice during bowl preparations. We thought by now, Gartrell would be ready to go. A.J. Bryant should get more of an opportunity at the flanker position."

On impact of loss of Shawn Bailey: "Shawn (Bailey) had a great first game and a great last game. In between he did OK. He was not as productive as I thought he would be. He had some problems dropping the ball as some other guys have had this season. He is a deep threat. He is a great route runner. Usually he has great hands. He'll be missed.

"Kenneth Harris has really come on for us. I'm confident he'll do a great job. It'll be nice for A.J. Bryant to get some more reps and competition. A.J. is a great player waiting to happen. If he gets a little bit of confidence and more reps he could really do some great things for us. He'll do OK but losing Shawn will be a big blow for us."

On being in the Sugar Bowl in Atlanta: "They are familiar faces, going back to 2002 and even before that, when I was at Florida State. They are the same hospitable people that they've always been. It's a new venue. It feels like a BCS bowl to me. It's a great opportunity for us as the game and Atlanta is a great city. It's early, but so far, last night the event was great. The little things, like they did not run out of food. Everyone had a great time last night at ESPN Zone."

On feelings about D.J. Shockley going into 2005 Season: "The only uncertainly I had was if D.J. would be a hero every down. If he tried to run the ball, would he cough it up. I told him, look, if hang on to the football, you protect that ball, if you run it you secure it. If you throw it, you have a dadgum reason to throw it. If you do that, you'll have a good year. If you get into the rhythm of what you can do, you'll have a great season.

"I can't hardly remember, he might have had one or two fumbles as a runner and very few picks and very few balls that should have been picks. The Boise State game was huge for him. He has an All-American type off performance. For the fans and the media, there were some that did not believe he could do well. I think the game helped the public perception of him. I don't think he has ever doubted that his teammates and coaches believed in him."

On West Virginia: "Schematically, West Virginia is pretty different than most anyone we've played, offensively and defensively. The scheme, defensively, we've seen before but not very recently. It's been two or three seasons since we've seen that alignment. When we're talking about scheme, I think Florida's intention was to run a lot of things that Coach Rodriguez is running right now, but with Chris Leak's talent, it really did not jive or mesh with a that philosophy with a lot of the quarterback run.

"We've seen a little of that in the pas with the quarterback at Arkansas (Matt   Jones), he had a lot of that stuff. We've seen some quarterback run before, but this season in particular we did not see a lot of that. There's not a lot to draw from. When it comes to personnel, West Virginia is very much like the talent base that we see in our league. They've done a great job of recruiting. They have a lot of speed and play a physical brand of football."

"We had a good practice today. We want to thank St. Pius (High School). This is a great facility with a field turf surface, and they have accommodated us well. We're thankful the rain held off today. I felt like the guys started to get back in the groove of things out here this morning."

BlueGoldNews.com Recommended Stories