September 29, 2009

Richt's offensive input a weekly deal

Too many cooks in the kitchen can spoil the stew.

At least that's what head coach Mark Richt seemed to be saying, when asked to describe the weekly input he has with offensive coordinator Mike Bobo.

"My input it mostly throughout the week. I will look at film, I will look at personnel groupings, I'll look down and distance, field position stuff," Richt said. "After that I'll just write things down that I like, make a copy of it and give it to Mike. I'll tell him if you like it, fine, if not, then don't. The coordinator has to decide how much goes in."

Bobo said it actually goes much deeper than that.

"Usually as a staff we break it down in different areas then we come together as a whole staff and put together a game plan," Bobo said. "Coach (Richt) kind of watches everything on his own, and then makes suggestions that sometimes we use and sometimes we don't. But it's always good to have input from all the guys, then you try to decide collectively as a staff the best way to try and execute something."

But while Richt said he leaves the actual play-calling up to Bobo, all the actual game-day decisions still go through him.

Georgia ranks seventh in the SEC with 30.8 points per game, but is next-to-last in rushing offense at just 112 yards per contest. The Bulldogs are fourth in passing offense at 245 yards per contest.

"When the decision is to go for it on fourth and short, that's my call," Richt said. "There are certain things I will say like 'Hey, let's take a shot to A.J. (Green) right now' or I might on certain third downs tell Mike you've got two downs to get the first, things like that. We're always thinking about plays in advance, so I am still involved."

Wood surprised, but glad he's playing

Brandon Wood said Tuesday he didn't think he was going to get to play this year after undergoing labrum and wrist surgery last February.

In fact, Wood recalled an interview he did with UGASports when he announced his intentions to pursue a medical redshirt and come back strong next year.

But two days after conducting that interview, Wood said something changed.

"The Wednesday before the Arkansas game Coach Richt came to me and asked me how I felt," Wood said. "He said I looked good on film going through inside drills and pass rush, and asked how I felt about playing? I said sure, just let me know."

Wood made the trip to Fayetteville before seeing his first action of the last week against Arizona State - at defensive end.

The former Haralson County star figures he got in between 12-13 plays against the Sun Devils, making a pair of tackles.

Wood, who he weighs 285, will be kept at defensive end the rest of the year.

"My labrum is as strong now as it's ever been in the past," Wood said. "As far as making the switch, it's tough. There's a lot more ground to cover at defensive end than tackle, but it's not that bad. I'd much rather line up against a tight end than a guard or center."

King, Samuel to continue splitting carries - for now

Bobo said prior to practice Tuesday he still wasn't sure whether Richard Samuel or Caleb King would get the start Saturday against LSU.

But he hoped to know by later in the afternoon following Georgia's workout in full pads.

"I think today will be a good day to decide who is going to be that guy. We've got to get somebody in a groove, we've got to get our running game going," Richt said. "We've got to find somebody who is going to jump-start the running game."

Last week, both King and Samuel received 11 carries against Arizona State, but it was King who enjoyed the most success, rushing for 55. Samuel managed only 25 yards on his 11 attempts.

"I'm sure any running back would like to have it 25 times to themselves, but what gives us the best chance to win is what we're going to try and do," Bobo said. "We're not going to give it to a guy 25 times a game if he just gets one or two yards at a time."

Injury update

Richt said Tuesday that the Bulldogs will likely still be without the services of linebacker Akeem Dent and defensive end Kiante Tripp, who he listed as doubtful.

Dent has missed Georgia's last two games with a bad hamstring while Tripp has missed the past three with a bad shoulder.

Richt also said that cornerback Vance Cuff (knee) is "likely" for LSU.

Ross named Hartman recipient

Frank Ros, the captain of Georgia's 1980 national championship football team and an executive with the Coca-Cola Company, is the 2009 recipient of the Bill Hartman Award. Ros will be presented the award at Saturdayıs football game against LSU.

Named for the late Bill Hartman, Georgia's long-time kicking coach and chairman of the Georgia Student Educational Fund, the Hartman Award is one of the highest honors given to a former UGA student-athlete. The Hartman Award has been presented annually since 1992 and recognizes former Georgia student-athletes who have demonstrated excellence in their profession and/or in service to others by 20 or more years of superior performance after graduation. Only former varsity athletes who have received a baccalaureate degree from Georgia can be considered for the award.

This and that

Dawg Walk is scheduled for 2 p.m. … Georgia is 1-1 versus top-10 teams at home under Richt. In 2002, sixth-ranked Georgia beat No. 10 Tennessee, 18-13. Last season, eighth-ranked Alabama topped the No. 3 Bulldogs 41-30. … In Richt's era, Georgia holds a 20-5 edge against teams from the SEC West, including 9-1 the past four seasons.

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