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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Richt from Columbus

I caught up with Mark Richt in Columbus today, though I wouldn't characterize the interview as very productive. Richt's flight arrived a half hour late and he was only able to spend about 15 total minutes with the media, which included several TV interviews.

More than the lack of time, however, Richt looked exhausted. He checked his cell phone a few times while answering the TV reporters' questions (although, I'm certain he no longer requires full attention when answering "How do you handle the preseason expectations?") and seemed to get a bit off track in his responses -- more so than usual.

This is Day 2 in a row of Bulldog Club meetings for him, and since I've been basically living out of the trunk of my car for the past week, too, I can empathize with his lack of excitement for another round of questions.

In any case, this is all a long way of saying there wasn't much information garnered from the interview.

Here's what he did say:

-- He recounted the first time someone asked him to autograph their shoe (that was the highlight).

-- He discussed dealing with preseason expectations for the 1,987,865th time.

-- He said Knowshon would get between 15 and 25 carries per game, minimum.

-- He said Caleb King had the inside track on the #2 RB job, but the competition would be open during preseason.

-- He named three guys people aren't talking about who might have big years: DE Justin Houston, K Drew Butler, and RB Carlton Thomas.

(Side note: Given the opponents, what are the odds Moreno isn't leading Georgia in rushing yards after the first two weeks? There's a ton of talent in that backfield. It'll be interesting to see what they do with what could be two mop-up jobs in the second half.)

And finally, asked about the attention he's received and excitement he's seen the past few weeks, here's what Richt had to say:

(David) Greene and (David) Pollack s senior year was as close as it s come here at Georgia. There was a lot of years where Florida State was ranked there, but I don t know if there s anything more intense than what the Georgia fans have been able to produce as far as excitement.

 

3 comments:

Lucid Idiocy said...

Hale, you're already jaded. Sign of a pro.

I read a lot of stuff, but this was the first I heard officially that:

Knowshon would get between 15 and 25 carries per game, minimum.

Caleb King had the inside track on the #2 RB job, but the competition would be open during preseason.

three guys people aren't talking about who might have big years: DE Justin Houston, K Drew Butler, and RB Carlton Thomas.

As for the leading rusher after week 2: Knowshon. That guy's got a whole lot of ready-to-go, ready to go.

David Hale said...

Haha... not jaded yet, hopefully. I've personally heard Richt asked the same questions roughly 900 times in just the past week, so I can only imagine how he feels. I think we're all just excited to get back to answering questions on the field.

Chuck said...

I think Lucid was referring to your comment that the die-hard fans wouldn't find anything new.

I'm with him, some good stuff in there, and you're doing a good job. Better than Ching with regards to responding in the comments section already which is nice.

My only recommendation so far is if there's a way to change your RSS feed settings to display full posts rather than just teaser paragraphs unless that's a conscious decision...

Thank!