April 12, 2012

Richt backs Bobo



It's no secret to anybody who has followed Georgia football over the past few years that offensive coordinator Mike Bobo - deserved or not - has received his share of criticism.

Thursday, head coach Mark Richt was asked point blank what he thought about the job Bobo has done.

His answer certainly came as no shock.

"Well, I like what he does or he wouldn't be there, "Richt, adding he's not surprised Bobo has received his share of arrows from some Bulldog fans.

"We don't worry about that. Anybody who is a play-caller is 100 percent guaranteed to be criticized, critiqued and helped and anything else you can imagine," Richt said. "It comes with the territory."

Richt should know.

Prior to coming to Georgia, he served as the offensive coordinator at Florida State (1994-2000).

"We had a pretty good run of victories and offensive output, but I caught heck all the time," Richt said. "I had one guy who was the president of the 'Evict Richt' club. He had his website up and running, and that was before they had websites I think. Anyway, it's just part of it. You can't worry about that."

Last year, the Bulldogs ranked fourth in the SEC in scoring offense with 36.2 points per game and third in scoring offense with 413.8 yards a contest.

Richt laughs off Spurrier comment

Earlier Thursday, South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier was asked by ESPN about playing Georgia in October this fall, rather than the customary Week 2 spot which up until this season has been the case since 1996.

"I sort of always liked playing them that second game because you could always count on them having two or three players suspended," Spurrier was quoted as saying.

Richt smiled, before chuckling at the comment.

"(Laughing) How about that," Richt said. "I think that's funny. Sounds like Steve."

Speaking of suspensions, Richt offered no update on any additional suspensions when asked by a reporter Thursday.

Already missing cornerback Sanders Commings for the first two games, the Bulldogs could also be without cornerback Branden Smith following his recent arrest for misdemeanor possession of marijuana, along with Bacarri Rambo and linebacker Alec Ogletree who allegedly failed a drug test.

"The best answer I can give is probably not a good answer as far as what you're looking for," Richt sad. "When we have something to report about a suspension, we'll report it."

Harrow working at nickel back

Along with playing safety, sophomore Quintavious Harrow said Thursday he's also getting a taste of nickel back.

"It's going good," Harrow said. "I'm just trying to learn one day at a time. Damian Swann has been helping me out a lot."

It's the first time Harrow said that he has ever really played the position.

"It was safety mostly (at Carver)," Harrow said. "I did a little something like that, but not quite like what we do here."

According to Harrow, he, along with Swann, Malcolm Mitchell and Blake Sailors have each seen time at nickel this spring. Harrow said he's currently working with the second team.

"They (coaches) think I can blitz good, I can cover, cover man to man … that's what I do," he said.

This and that

Mitchell (hamstring) missed his second straight practice Thursday, along with Williams (knee) and running back Keith Marshall (hamstring). Rambo only took part in part of Thursday's practice due to a 4:30 class presentation. … Commings worked with the safeties Thursday. … Redshirt freshman Devin Bowman was running with sophomore Damian Swann as the starters at cornerback. … Richard Samuel (concussion) was back at practice, albeit in a green non-contact jersey. Richt said it's possible he will play Saturday … Offensive lineman Zach DeBell missed Thursday's practice with an ankle sprain. … Freshman quarterback Faton Bauta will not play either due to a minor knee injury. "One more week and Faton would have practiced and played, probably," Richt said … The Bulldogs practice again on Friday before closing out with the G-Day game on Saturday at 3 p.m. ESPN3 will show the contest live at 3 p.m. with CSS televising the game at 5 p.m. on a tape delay basis. "It was a pretty good practice," Richt said. "There was a little bit more action and spirit than I expected. Usually this is one where they've had just about enough before the game, so I thought we had good intensity and we got as much out of one hour of practice as you can get. It was a good day." The Bulldogs practiced for one hour in shoulder pads before joining a group of former Georgia players for a letterman's dinner.