October 20, 2009

Richt says Green needs to get ball more

Georgia coach Mark Richt cracked a smile when asked how many times a game he'd like to give wideout A.J. Green the football.

"Oh, if he could stand about 20 I could go for that," Richt smiled. "Realistically, and I don't know what realistic is, you'd love to see him have it a minimum of 8-12 times but not everybody is cooperating all the time. We're shooting it at him a good many times, but sometimes we're not getting it to him."

Take Saturday's 35-10 victory over Vanderbilt, for example.

Green had outstanding day, turning a little hitch-route from quarterback Joe Cox into a 65-yard touchdown to give the Bulldogs a 7-0 lead late in the first quarter.

Amazingly, Green would only catch two more passes the rest of the afternoon, finishing with 95 yards pushing his SEC-leading totals to 41 receptions for 682 yards and six scores.

"I don't think there's any doubt that he's the focal point of everybody's attention. You can absolutely see difference in the way they play all season and the way wherever A.J. lines up. But I think our coaches have done a pretty nice job of doing that," Richt said. "Last year he had the benefit of Mohamed (Massaquoi) on one side, Knowshon (Moreno) running the ball and (Matthew) Stafford was getting it to him. He's getting double-covered pretty much every time and he's still leading the league."

At 6-foot-5, Green has matured, adding approximately 20 pounds to his frame.

"He's put 20 pounds on his frame since he's been here and hasn't lost a step," Richt said. "He's just done a good job and coaches are finding ways to get him the ball. But still, he only got it three last times. He was very productive but we'd like to see him get the ball more than he did."

Dawgs get back to work

Georgia returned to the practice field Tuesday and Richt liked what he saw.

"I thought we had a really productive day," Richt said. "We were in pads and worked a lot on ball disruption and ball security. We're trying to create turnovers and keep them from happening to us. We got some good, physical perimeter blocking drills in. We didn't tackle to the ground but had good, physical thuds. I think the guys did a good job of coming up and striking and doing everything but taking them to the ground."

Later, the team finished with a pair of eight-play drives designed for some of the younger players who don't normally get a lot of playing time.

Against, Richt was pleased.

"(Jeremy) Longo made some plays. He has very active. I saw (Chase) Vasser make some nice tackles. We did have (Rantavious) Wooten play and he had a touchdown pass from (Aaron) Murray," Richt said. "Murray had a couple of nice runs on running plays and in scramble situations."

Richt also got a closer look at Charles White, who was recently moved to fullback.
"We got a taste of Charles White at fullback," Richt said. "He's definitely just trying to find his way and get a little experience."

King continues to play

Running back Caleb King said he's still on a liquid diet as a result of the broken jaw he suffered against LSU, but he will continue to play through the injury.

"I still can't eat," he said Tuesday. "I can barely close my mouth, but other than that I'm fine."

King said he's been able to keep in shape drinking protein shakes as part of the program implemented by head trainer Ron Courson.

King, who scored a pair of touchdowns in Georgia's 35-10 win over Vanderbilt, said he's only lost two pounds since breaking his jaw in the second quarter against LSU.

The redshirt sophomore played the third and fourth quarters against the Tiger before sitting out the following week against Tennessee.

"Lots of shakes, man, lots of shakes," King said. "They keep me filled up."

King said he was unsure how much longer his liquid diet would remain in place.

Owens looking forward to Gators

Senior defensive tackle Jeff Owens is looking forward to getting one more shot against his home-state Florida Gators next week in Jacksonville.

Owens missed last year's contest while recovering from his torn ACL and watched the game from the stands, where he was recognized by a few fans.

Or was he?

"There were a couple of people, but they called me Brandon Wood," said Owens, shaking his head. "He was walking a little ahead of me and people were calling him Jeff."

This and that

Former Bulldog safety Terriel Bierria has been arrested for the murder of a Louisiana man, according to St. Tammany Parish sheriff Jack Strain. Bierra lettered for Georgia from 1999-2001 before playing briefly for the Seattle Seahawks. … The Bulldogs are slowing phasing in linebacker Marcus Dowtin and still expect him to be ready for Florida although Richt sounded less that confident about Dent, who is still no 100 percent. … Wide receiver Mike Moore wore a green jersey after suffering a shoulder burner against Vanderbilt. …Fullback Shaun Chapas (burners) is also expected to be ready for Florida.

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