September 1, 2010

Reporter's question doesn't trick Richt

It was a nice try by a reporter from the Red & Black, but Georgia coach Mark Richt wasn't about to take the bait.

"Will A.J. play?" the reporter asked.

Richt didn't miss a beat.

"A.J. Harmon? Yeah," asked Richt. "Green," the reporter said, referring to the junior receiver who has been the focus of an NCAA inquiry regarding a party in Miami hosted by a yet unknown sports agent.

The NCAA has forbidden Richt, Green or anybody associated with Georgia to speak publically about the situation.

"You know I can't talk about that. It's a good try, though, but I just can't talk," Richt said. "I don't know the answer other than I'm not supposed to talk about the situation and I really don't know."

Richt has stated that he expects Green to play in Saturday's opener against Louisiana-Lafayette.

Speaking of A.J. - Harmon, that is,

Richt said that Harmon will be one of offensive linemen expected to rotate in and out of the lineup in Saturday's game.

According to the Bulldog coach, Harmon will back up Cordy Glenn at left guard with starting right guard Chris Davis sliding over to center to spell Ben Jones if the situation should arise.

"With Cordy coming off the mono, I don't know if he can take all the plays in the heat," Richt said. "We've got A.J. behind him so we could go that way or put Tanner (Strickland) in there or even swing Chris Davis out. But right now, the plan is to get A.J. in there and we hope he does well."

Besides Strickland, Richt said Trinton Sturdivant and possibly Dallas Lee could see first-game action.

"We'll see," Richt said. "We'll have more guys playing in the game than we have in a while, I think."

Mason now No. 2

Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo confirmed that true freshman Hutson Mason is now officially the Bulldogs' No. 2 quarterback behind starter Aaron Murray.

"If the No. 2 goes in, in any situation, then the No. 2 quarterback would be Hutson Mason," Bobo said.

Bobo said he told Mason of his decision Wednesday, although Richt had not been told when queried later by reporters.

"I will say this. God forbid something happens to our starting quarterback, Aaron Murray, Hutson Mason will definitely play," Richt said. "I can at least say that - that much I can say."

Coaches have not made a decision on who would be the No. 3 QB.

Wooten says he's close

Sophomore wide receiver Rantavious Wooten said he expects to be about 85 percent and that he still expects to play in Saturday's game.

"Mentally, I'm there, but it's also not like I'm huffing and puffing when I run," Wooten said. "It's just a matter of getting back up to full speed, get back with the team and find my way back into the rotation."

Bobo did not rule Wooten out when talking earlier about the wide receivers, including him among the six expected to play, a list that's expected to include Green, Logan Gray, Marlon Brown, Israel Troupe and Kris Durham.

Wooten has missed most of the preseason due to a sprained knee.

This and that

True freshman Alexander Ogletree said he'll take part on the kickoff coverage, punt return and punt return teams for the Bulldogs Saturday. … Along with Ogletree, Richt included twin brother Alec Ogletree, linebacker T.J. Stripling and cornerback Derek Owens among the true freshmen who could play. … With the team close to wrapping up preparations for Saturday's season opener, Richt said today's workout was more like a Thursday session using it as a dress rehearsal. "Our focus was good, the teaching going on, and the scout team work was good," said Richt. "If we have another day like that Thursday, I'll feel like we've done everything we can to be ready." ... Linebacker Richard Samuel (leg) and center Chris Burnette (concussion) will not play Saturday, according to Richt.

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