ATHENS—–Georgia head coach Mark Richt met with the media Tuesday during the Bulldogs’ weekly press luncheon. Below is the complete transcript of Richt’s time with the media previewing the Mississippi State game, courtesy of Georgia Sports Communications.
Head Coach Mark Richt
“I want to talk to our crowd and our fans and want to educate our fans just a little bit. We need a lot of crowd noise. I know the fans know that part, but when teams no-huddle some times you are cheering and you might not be cheering at the right time. You might get exhausted, so I want to talk a little bit about what we hope will happen in the game. Chris Relf, their quarterback, gets into his cadence and then he looks for the ball and it doesn’t come and then he looks to the sideline. When he looks to the sideline, that’s when we need the fans to go berserk, because that’s when they are going to try to communicate to the line what they’re going to do. So we don’t want them to be able to communicate well. We want them to have trouble hearing each other. We want offensive linemen to jump offsides. So UGA fan base, that’s the time to go crazy. When the quarterback looks to the sideline after he starts his cadence, he’ll look to the sideline and that’s when you go crazy and make all kind of noise. Of course if they are down on the goal line, do that every play every moment.
“Mississippi State, they are an extremely talented and physical football team. Of course they beat us a year ago. They did a great job against us. They really haven’t lost a lot of people. They have eight starters back on both sides of the ball.
“Offensively, they do spread the field, but they spread to the field to run it maybe as much as they spread it to throw it. They are very balanced. Chris Relf actually has more rushing attempts than anyone on their team. Ballard actually has the most yards, but Relf is definitely a dual threat quarterback, a guy who can run well and a guy who can throw well. He’s an outstanding player, big guy, really a good player. We caught him last year just when he was getting going and now he’s really become a dangerous player.
“(Vick) Ballard, their running back, is a very physical runner. We think he has a lot of ability to run downhill and run through people and break tackles. He does have good speed, but we think his greatest attribute is his balance and his power. Perkins has had 30 rushing attempts, and he has some speed to get on the edge. (more…)
Another great action of SEC football is in the books, and here are my bowl projections for games involving SEC teams following week 4 of the college football season.
BBVA Compass Bowl – Birmingham, Ala. — Jan. 7, 1 p.m., ESPN
Vanderbilt vs. Big East #5
Liberty Bowl – Memphis, Tenn. — Dec. 31, 3:30 p.m., ABC
Auburn vs. CUSA #1
Music City Bowl – Nashville, Tenn. – Dec. 30, 6:40 p.m., ESPN
Tennessee vs. ACC #6
Gator Bowl – Jacksonville, Fla.– Jan. 2, 1 p.m., ESPN2
Vanderbilt vs. Big Ten #4/#5
Chick-fil-a Bowl – Atlanta, Ga.– Dec. 31, 7:30 p.m., ESPN
Florida vs. ACC #2
Cotton Bowl — Arlington, Texas — Jan. 6, 8 p.m., FOX
Arkansas vs. Big 12 #2
Outback Bowl — Tampa, Fla. — Jan. 2, 1 p.m., ABC
South Carolina vs. Big 10 #3
Capital One Bowl – Orlando, Fla. — Jan. 2, 1 p.m., ESPN
Georgia vs. Big 10 #2
Sugar Bowl – New Orleans, La. — Jan 2, 8 p.m., ESPN
Alabama vs. BCS
BCS Nat’l Championship – New Orleans, La — Jan 9, 8:30 p.m., ESPN
LSU vs. BCS #2