October 10, 2010

Richt says Dawgs still have work to do

Waking up Sunday morning felt a heck of a lot better for Georgia coach Mark Richt than it has the previous four following the Bulldogs' 41-14 win over Tennessee Saturday.

"Oh yeah, no doubt about it," Richt said during his Sunday teleconference. "It was good medicine for me personally, the staff, the players and I'm sure our fans. We've worked so hard to get those types of results and win what was really a well-played game. That's not to say there weren't mistakes and things we can do better, but we played well on both sides of the ball; it was a great team effort and a great team victory.

"We enjoyed it, but now it's back to work."

Georgia (2-4, 1-3) entertains Vanderbilt (2-3, 1-1) for Homecoming Saturday afternoon (12:21 p.m., SEC-TV).

The Bulldogs return to practice Monday afternoon, but it won't be under the same scrimmage-type scenario that Georgia went through last week.

Instead, Georgia will put on the full-pads for 1-on-1 work Tuesday and possibly Thursday afternoon.

"We won't be in that same spring ball-mode but we will have a heck of a Tuesday practice where we will continue to hook it up and get after each other," Richt said. "When we come to Thursday we may still keep the pads on to keep the tempo the way it should be."

After all, Richt added, his Bulldogs still have plenty of work to do.

According to Richt, there were still issues of alignment and a pair of fumbles - one by Washaun Ealey and another by Brandon Boykin on a kickoff return - that remain a concern.

"We've got to do a better job of hanging onto the football," Richt said. "There's no question about that."

Richt had good things to say about the play of his offensive line after watching the game on film.

That included freshman Kenarious Gates who made his college debut as the starter at right guard.

"I thought Gates did a nice job. He didn't faint, although I think it helped playing next to Ben (Jones) and Clint (Boling) as they were able to keep him where he was supposed to be," Richt said. "He had one or two busted plays, but even the veterans do that from time to time. He even pass-protected pretty good. I can't think of a time, well maybe one, where a sack was attributed to him but overall he did well."

Richt said the Bulldogs will probably use that same starting lineup going farther, which Saturday included Trinton Sturdivant at left tackle.

"(Sturdivant's comeback) is about what we expected. We started with him knowing he probably wasn't going to be full speed and that it would be a process," Richt said. "But yeah, he got his first start (Saturday) and played most of the game. He was probably a bit more comfortable in pass protection that he was with his run blocking, so he can continue to improve there."

NOTES: Richt said it's too early to tell whether running back Carlton Thomas (hamstring) or linebacker Cornelius Washington (concussion) will be available for Saturday's game. … Meanwhile, cornerback and starting punt returner Branden Smith (concussion) also remains day to day, although Richt is hopeful that wide receiver Marlon Brown (AC sprain) could play against the Commodores.

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