The staff needed a break after signing 20 new players on National Signing Day, and Mark Richt planned to use the time while the others were away to "clear off my desk," he said.
"This is the beginning of the best time of the year," Richt
"College coaching is a grind from two-a-days through signing day."
Georgia's players, most of whom are currently working out, will begin
their offseason mat drills Feb. 16. That program will take them up to
the start of spring practice on March 20.
The Bulldogs annual spring G-Day game will be on April 17.
Richt said last week he hadn't begun to think about spring practice.
When Georgia's coaches reconvene Monday, they will start that process,
"We'll begin to evaluate what we did offensively, defensively, and
the kicking teams," he said.
One of the Bulldogs' spring focuses likely will be on finding
defensive backs. Georgia has to replace starting cornerback Bruce Thornton and starting safety Sean Jones. DeMario Minter will get the
first shot to replace Thornton, Richt said, and Greg Blue will replace
Jones, but Georgia will have to develop some depth.
The offensive line will again be a priority, but it's uncertain how
many linemen the Bulldogs will have available. Guard Josh Brock is
expected to miss all of spring after having successful shoulder surgery,
and guard Bartley Miller may also require an operation to repair a
Reserve guard Reggie Weeks of Smith Station, Ala., also may not
participate. He missed the Capital One Bowl after emergency surgery to
stop an infection in his knee. Week has had several knee problems and
could be a candidate for a medical disqualification before next season.
Also, Richt said, the Bulldogs will try to improve their red zone
offense this offseason after scoring touchdowns on just 31 of their 61
trips inside the 20-yard line last year.
"We'll visit some (other staffs), and that'll be one of the top
priorities," he said.
Georgia begins short "offseason"
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