Mark Richt and Georgia Football Notes

Mark Richt comments on "Jumping on the Power T", David Greene, and more...

Several Tennessee players have said this week they were angered when a handful of Georgia players stomped on the 'T' logo at midfield in Neyland after Georgia's 26-24 win two years ago. On Thursday, Richt said he didn't blame them.

"There were just a couple guys who were excited, and they stomped on it and they shouldn't have," Richt said. "We shouldn't jump on anybody's emblem. I've told them not to jump on the 'T' (this year), but I told them that two years ago."

RICHT ON ROME: Richt was a guest on Jim Rome's nationally syndicated radio show Thursday afternoon, and he acknowledged how important Saturday's game is for his team.

"This is about as big a must-win if you want to play in that SEC Championship as you can get," Richt told Rome.

GREENE'S LAPSE: Quarterback David Greene has thrown four interceptions in two games since tying the school-record with 176 pass attempts without a turnover. This week, Richt defended his quarterback, to a point.

"In the LSU game (in which he threw two interceptions), I think he played outstanding really," Richt said. "He made good decisions and he directed traffic very well."

Richt also said Greene's first interception against Alabama, on the second play of the game, was forgivable because the safety who made the play first showed one coverage and then sprinted back to the middle of the field.

"He should have thrown the ball much flatter than he did but I could see him doing that," Richt said.

However, he did admit he was disturbed by the second half of the Alabama game when Greene threw an interception that safety Charles Jones returned 30 yards for a touchdown. That play was indicative of his second-half play last week, Richt said.

"That may have been the very first play we put in when we got here, and we said, 'You better know where that safety is,'" he said. "I just saw him lose his focus a little bit for the first time since I've been here. I think he lost his mental edge."

Greene agreed, saying, "You can't let yourself do that."

Richt also said he thought Greene's play suffered from taking too many hits behind a young offensive line.

"A lot of that has to do with the fact that we haven't really protected as well as we'd like for our guys to protect," he said.

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