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Mark Richt Press Conf: The Day After A Costly Win For The Bulldogs

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The Day After A Costly Win For The Bulldogs…

It took 60 minutes plus on Saturday for Georgia to stay undefeated in SEC play with their 34-31 win on the road against Tennessee in overtime.  In that win, a few costly players went down with injury.

On Sunday, Bulldogs Head Football Coach Mark Richt confirmed the worst news for some players and the not as severe for others.

“(WR) Justin Scott-Wesley is out for the season with an ACL injury, (RB) Keith Marshall is as well,” Richt said during his Sunday Teleconference.  “(WR) Michael Bennett is going to have a (knee) scope on Tuesday to find out what his deal is.  Don’t know how long he’ll be out, he won’t play this week.”.

As for running back Todd Gurley, Richt says that he is still day to day with the ankle injury.  Richt says they won’t rush him back from the injury, he is still “50-50.”  As for freshman safety Tray Matthews, its unknown how long he’ll miss with a hamstring issue.  Senior safety Connor Norman is still day to day from a concussion.  Junior college transfer wide receiver Jonathan Rumph is still doubtful for this next game against Missouri with a hamstring issue.

Even though it was a win in Knoxville, Richt still says it is a bittersweet feeling for him and the team as they get ready to take on Missouri this week in Athens.

“You see how much work they put in, how they play for you and practice for you in the offseason and all that,” Richt said.  “They know in one play like that it’s taken away from them…  It’s heartbreaking.”

Richt continued on that same thought by saying the pain of those injuries for the players can go pretty deep.

“I don’t know what hurts more, the pain of the injury or the pain of knowing that you’re not going to get to play anymore for a while,” Richt said. “I just feel bad for them.”

Mark Richt was also asked about the possibility that freshmen wide receiver Tramel Terry and running back AJ Turman could get extended playing time now.  Richt says they’re trying to figure out whether or not to play Terry this season.  He is also trying to come back from an ACL injury.  Turman travelled with the team yesterday and remains a possibility to play this year.  Richt added that Gurley’s injury status, plus the play of running back’s JJ Green and Brendan Douglas would determine that.

The good news is that running back JJ Green looks like he’s feeling comfortable playing as a freshman and Mark Richt feels like the fact he enrolled early into Georgia has factored into his playing time.

“If he wasn’t a mid-year enrollee, I don’t know if he’d be playing tailback right now,” Richt said.  “We just didn’t have a lot of (running) backs in the spring and we just wanted to see what he could do there.”

Richt continued by saying they weren’t sure last spring if Green would play receiver or cornerback.

Yesterday, Green ended up carrying the football 17 times to pick up 129 yards.  He also caught the ball once for four yards.

Missouri game week is now officially underway with the Tigers coming to Sanford Stadium on Saturday.  The new AP and Coaches Polls came out on Sunday with the Dawgs dropping to seventh in both polls with their close win over Tennessee and Florida State’s convincing win over Maryland moving them to sixth.  Missouri has found their way up to number 25 in the AP poll.

 

 

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