Fast Five: Arkansas Press Conference Day

ATHENS - Dean Legge recaps Mark Richt's press conference for the week of the Arkansas game.

1. Mark Richt sidestepped a question from the assembled media during Georgia’s regularly-scheduled press conference about Gurley’s status.

“I just don’t have an aster on (Todd). If there is something worthy to report on that we will report it,” Richt said.

The running back did practice on Monday, but Richt said he still didn’t know Gurley’s future.

“I really don’t know. I don’t know the answer that,” Richt said when asked if if he thought that Gurley would ever play for Georgia again.

The Athens Banner-Herald reported on Tuesday that another person has been linked to the Gurley autographs-for-cash saga. Shane Smith, from Cedartown, “is believed to have been in a car with memorabilia dealer Bryan Allen with Gurley in a video that Georgia officials have seen, a source” told the Banner-Herald.

2. Nick Chubb and his yoga.

“Nick didn’t look sore yesterday,” Richt said of freshman running back Nick Chubb, who had 38 carries against Missouri last week.

The coach went on to say that Chubb lifted weights and did yoga on Sunday “to get the lactic acid out of his system.”

The Bulldogs will have to once more rely on Chubb and backup Brendan Douglas when they travel to Little Rock to take on Arkansas.

“We don't have a lot of running backs that are healthy,” Richt said.

But Richt went on to add that the Bulldogs are not going to change their offensive ways.

“Last year Todd had a high-ankle sprain and Keith had an ACL, and we didn’t change our offensive philosophy,” he said. “We don’t need to make a bunch of wholesale changes.”

3. Six for Six

Georgia has started six different defensive lineups in six games. The change ups on the defensive side of the ball is a result of a mixture of things - including injury.

“Mostly we’ve been trying to figure it out,” Richt said of having six different starting lineups on defense in six games of the year.

The Bulldogs will try to mimic their smothering defensive performance against the Hogs. Georgia allowed only 147 total yards. The 34-0 win was Georgia’s second shutout of the season.

The Bulldogs are now ranked No. 3 in the SEC in scoring defense (18 ppg), No. 2 in rushing defense (101.67 ypg), No. 5 in pass defense (202 ypg) and No. 2 in overall defense by allowing only 303.7 yards per game.

Perhaps the biggest improvement on the defensive side of the ball is turnover margin. Georgia is No. 1 in the SEC in turnover margin. The Bulldogs have turned it over four times this season, but have secured 13 turnovers on defense for a league leading +1.5 turnovers a game.

Meanwhile, Arkansas is allowing 23.8 points a game, 127.17 yards rushing and 246.7 yards passing a game.

4. East vs. West.

Mark Richt isn’t concerned that the SEC West is considered the best division in college football.

“I don’t think comparing the East and the West is important. There’s one really big game with the East vs. the West. The winner of that game wins the SEC,” he said.

Should Georgia beat the Hogs, they will be in tremendous shape in the East race because of the landscape of the division heading into the off week. A loss doesn’t stop the Dawgs’ shot at getting to Atlanta, but it would reduce the margin of error significantly, and Richt is concerned about Arkansas even though the Hogs are winless in the SEC this fall.

“Arkansas is as good as anybody,” Richt said. “I think coaching against Arkansas is a challenge.”

5. Richt still pushing.

That Todd Gurley isn’t playing for Georgia is a national story to be sure, but the Bulldogs and their coach are focusing on what they can do to win without (or with) Gurley.

“We are pushing hard for excellence,” Richt said. “You have to do the little things to become good at what you do. I sound like a broken record, but football is a game of repetition.”

Richt said that the focus of the team is doing their job specifically.

“I think our guys understand that football is a team game,” Richt said. “The best chance we have is to take care of what we are supposed to do.”

Richt added that the Bulldogs got outstanding production from the scout team yesterday.

“Yesterday was our best scout team day of the year. That helps us get better,” Richt said.

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