"I don't think there is any doubt it was Blake Barnes' best day today," he said after Wednesday's workout. "They're all unfortunately having their day. They're making it tough on me and (quarterbacks coach Mike) Bobo. The good news is they are really playing well."
"It's without a doubt the tightest race I've been involved with as a coach," he said. "Maybe we'll be the first team in the history of college football to just play all four of them son-of-a-guns."
Consistency will be the key factor in deciding the competition, Richt said.
INJURED LINEMAN: Senior defensive tackle Marquis Elmore missed practice due to a right knee injury, but the injury is not believed to be serious, Richt said.
"We think it's a bone bruise or a bone chip," he said.
Elmore was considered one of the school's marquee signees in the last two decades, but he has played in just 13 games and started none. He didn't record a tackle last year and only has five in his career.
GOOD GROUP: Recruiting analysts sang the praises of Georgia's incoming freshmen in February. Richt gave them some much more meaningful encouragement this week.
"They've done a great job of hustling and doing things full speed," Richt said. "Usually that's what you see first in a young guy, he just doesn't quite have the work ethic, and he sticks out like a sore thumb on effort. These guys have not done that. They are certainly making some mistakes, but at least they're doing it at full speed and with a good attitude."