September 14, 2010

Richt discounts take on effort

On Monday, linebacker Darryl Gamble and offensive tackle Clint Boling raised some eyebrows when they respectively mentioned examples of a lack of effort on defense and ones of mindset on the offensive line.

During Tuesday's media session at Stegeman Coliseum, right tackle Josh Davis agreed with what Boling said regarding not all of the offensive line being on the same page.

"Did Clint say that?" Davis asked. "Then I concur. If he said it, I agree with him."

Head coach Mark Richt saw it another way.

"I don't know if they really know what to say," said during Tuesday's weekly press conference at Stegeman Coliseum. "They just know that we really didn't do a very good job. We've got to get better."

Richt said Sunday's film session did not show any examples of what either player had claimed, adding that the frustration levels he felt both were feeling likely led to the comments they made.

"I just think they're frustrated, and when they get these things thrown at them, what is the right thing to say? I don't know," Richt said. "There might have been times when they did. We calculate loafs in a game and there was not a game where we said we loafed. We did not see that on film so I don't think it was a lack of effort. There might have been a time where a guy might have gotten tired from the heat and we were not subbing as freely as maybe we should have in a couple of instances, but there was nothing real flagrant in that area. We got knocked back, that was the biggest question."

Munzenmaier agrees Saturday a "must win"

Richt opened up Tuesday's press conference by stating Saturday's game against Arkansas is as big as it gets.

"I know it, the coaches know it, the players know it, the Bulldog Nation knows it," Richt said.

At 1-1 overall, 0-1 in the SEC, Richt knows the Bulldogs can ill afford to drop to 0-2 in league play heading into back-to-back games at Mississippi State and Colorado.

Fullback Fred Munzenmaier took it a step further.

Munzenmaier, who is expected to see the bulk of the action Saturday in place of Shaun Chapas who is recovering from a sprained ankle, said it's a game the Bulldogs have to win.

A must win?

Munzenmaier didn't disagree.

"I don't think it's wrong to call it a must-win," Munzenmaier said. "I don't ever think about not winning, but I think that whatever comes our way I think our team can handle but I'd sure rather win this one."

Injury update

Richt remains unsure as to the status of Chapas, but reports that tailback Caleb King is expected to be able to practice this week and play in Saturday's game against Arkansas.

King was limited in practice last week with a twisted ankle, and although he traveled to Columbia, did not play in the game against South Carolina.

Also, linebacker Richard Samuel remains out with a leg injury.

Williams still fighting for playing time

Although many have question why junior Nick Williams hasn't seen more time at strong safety behind starter Bacarri Rambo, Richt said the answer is actually quite simple.

"At this point we've felt like the other young men were ahead of him in how they performed in practices, scrimmages and everything else," Richt said. "But Nick has done a lot for us on specials and we hope to get him more involved. He is by nature a physical kid who will strike you. He's got to be disciplined in his approach to everything and he will get more playing time."

Richt was also asked about freshman running back Ken Malcome.

"Again, we won't know most of these answers until three or four games into the season," Richt said. "But right now our plan is not to play him - right now."

Richt backs off Wednesday decision on Green

Monday morning, Richt told WSB radio he expected the NCAA to hear Georgia's appeal on A.J. Green sometime Wednesday.

That's not necessarily the case any longer.

"It's less known than I thought," Richt said. "At first I thought it would be today or tomorrow that it could be done, but now I'm being told to just hang lose. They'll let us know when they let us know."

This and that

WSB will televise Georgia's game against Idaho State free of charge. ... With Chapas out, Richt said redshirt sophomore Cameron Allen could see time at fullback along with Munzenmaier.

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