Mark Richt Finally Pain Free

ATHENS - More than two and a half years after hip replacement surgery, Mark Richt is finally pain-free.

“I’m in a really good place right now,” said the 55-year old Mark Richt. “I’m as healthy as I’ve been in a long time. That hip was bothering me two years prior to surgery and two years after surgery quite frankly. Now I’ve got no pain. I’m able to exercise, which is good.”

Richt shared Wednesday night during his post-practice news conference that he was filming a video for Prostate Cancer Awareness Month with men’s basketball coach Mark Fox and baseball coach Scott Stricklin.

That prompted him to make an appointment and get screened.

“I went and got my prostate checked today,” Richt said. “I just want everyone to know. So all you men out there, time to get on it. I looked it up on the Internet. If you’re 50 or older…then you need to do it once a year. …I actually skipped last year.”

The SEC is honoring retired commissioner Mike Slive, who underwent treatment for prostate cancer, by designating games, including Georgia’s home game against South Carolina on Sept. 19, for prostate cancer awareness.

Richt, who will be an empty nester this fall with wife Katharyn, says he has more time to exercise now. 

Richt starts his 15th season at Georgia on Saturday. That, he said, doesn’t surprise him.

“No,” Richt said. “That was the plan. Really, truly if you go back to old transcripts my goal was to be here and finish my career here and make this my home.”  

This and that for Thursday

Wide receiver Justin Scott-Wesley is doubtful to play this season due to his latest right knee injury, Richt said. Richt had indicated last month Scott-Wesley may not play again and the senior wide receiver at one point told his high school coach he thought he was done playing. Scott-Wesley is serving as a student coach for now. “There’s no point in medically (disqualifying) him,” Richt said. “Somewhere along the way if he feels good and somewhere along the way if we get some injuries…We just want to make that available for him.”

Inside linebacker Reggie Carter (sore shoulder) will be available, but may not play Saturday and if he does it may be limited snaps. “It’s early in the season and we want him to really be as healthy as possible,” Richt said. Pruitt said four or five could play inside linebacker Saturday

Richt wasn’t certain wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie, coming off a pulled hamstring. “More than likely,” he said. “He’ll be available for that.”

Georgia’s Dawg Walk is at 10:25 a.m. Saturday.

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