“Guys that hold that ball have to hold it like their life depends on it,” Richt said on his radio call in show Monday night.
Georgia has eight lost fumbles in nine games, which ranks 12 th in the SEC and 88 th nationally. The Bulldogs had seven lost fumbles in all of last season in 13 games.
Georgia outside linebackers and defensive lineman went through separate drills early in Tuesday’s practice for picking up fumbled balls.
Terry Godwin picked up his fumble out of the wild cat and went 28 yards for a touchdown. Safety Dominick Sanders lost a fumble on an interception return and receiver Isaiah McKenzie another when he switched the ball between hands after a catch.
“I think you’ve got to harp on ball security every single day,” receivers coach Bryan McClendon said. “It’s the quickest way to get beat in this league.”
Sanders, who played Saturday after sustaining a broken bone in his thumb, fumbled on his first interception return. He said he kept the ball tight on his second interception in the game, but Richt said Sanders actually was swinging the ball too loose also on his second interception return.