Georgia enters this week’s game with the Tennessee Volunteers at 3 and 1 this season and ranked at number six in both the AP/Coaches Polls. All of this following the Dawgs 44-41 win over LSU on Saturday.
So with all this being said, you would think the Georgia Football team would have a letdown this week right? No way says Head Coach Mark Richt and players. On Tuesday, the coach addressed the media as he does at the same time every week. As of right now, the Dawgs lead the SEC East and control their own destiny to get back to Atlanta.
“We’re playing Tennessee I don’t foresee a letdown,” Richt said. “We’re playing someone else you might start talking that way, but when you play Tennessee you don’t talk that way.”
Richt is 4 and 2 in his career against the Volunteers at Neyland Stadium and 8 and 4 over his career against Tennessee. Quarterback Aaron Murray also knows the Vols will be ready for the Dawgs on Saturday.
“They’re gonna be excited,” Murray said. “It’s a CBS game, nationally televised so they’re going to be ready to prove to the nation they’re a good team.”
So far this season Tennessee is 3 and 2, with losses to Florida and Oregon on the road. That being the case, Mark Richt believes new Head Coach Butch Jones wants to make Volunteers fans really believe in him.
“Best way to get people to buy in, is to get a signature victory against a top ten or a ranked team,” Richt Said. “That’s what they’re banging away for right now.”
Murray says that Richt has been trying to keep his team humble, after their good start against three top ten teams in the first month of this season. The coach gave his players a very special message this week.
“If this team is not focused, I don’t know how good we are,” Murray said. “I think the reason why we’ve been so successful.”
Murray also adds the team has been very focused on the details both on and off the field, in places like the film room and practice field so far this season.
Another reason why Saturday’s game is of high importance for Georgia, is because the Vols are in the SEC East alongside the Dawgs. In fact, UGA has five games left within their division. This is also the first of four straight games against SEC East teams on their schedule.
Other Tuesday Notes:
RB Todd Gurley was not on the field during the open period for media. He left Saturday’s game with a sprained ankle and did not return. Head Coach Mark Richt says he’s not sure if Gurley will practice this week. He has not given any guesses or comments about his chances of playing on Saturday. In the meantime, Gurley has been getting treatment for his injury.
WR Jonathan Rumph was on the practice field Tuesday going through drills, but still wearing the green jersey to mean he’s still not going through contact drills because of the hamstring. Rumph has yet to take the field this season with that issue, hopefully Tuesday was a great sign towards that trend changing.
Coach Mark Richt was not at practice for that open period, because he was attending the funeral of former player Paul Oliver.
Mark Richt was asked about UGA Basketball Coach Mark Fox dressing with the Spike Squad at Saturday’s game against LSU. To which coach told Fox, he’s not likely going to return the favor at a basketball game this season. Richt jokingly said he would “have to start P-90xing like right now and shave his body.” Might be a little TMI to some, however the Spike Squad got back to me on Twitter and said they could make something work for Coach Richt. Apparently the same group has ‘suit night.’ To which on Twitter I proposed the hashtag, #WearTheSuitMark. So fans, lets get that trending and get Coach Richt in a suit at a game inside Stegeman Coliseum this season.