Off Week: Sunday Press Teleconference

ATHENS - Georgia head coach Mark Richt held a teleconference Sunday to discuss the Bulldogs' come-from-behind 20-17 victory over Vanderbilt this weekend heading into a bye week.

On the importance of Knowshon Moreno's role with the injuries at the RB position:

"Any time you don't have depth at a position you have to guard the guy at the top, and that's where Knowshon is now. Jason Johnson definitely knows what to do and he's a physical football player and a senior who has been in some big contests before. (Shaun) Chappas knows what to do as well. Calvin Daniels has also gotten some work. He will probably come over with the varsity group to get him more ready when the time comes."

On if Brannan Southerland will be getting more carries with the RB injuries:

"I wouldn't doubt it. He's a guy who can handle it. He's been to war and been holding the ball with people trying to pound at him."

On how Knowshon is feeling after the amount of carries he had at Vanderbilt:

"I think he's pretty good, even though I'm sure he's tired and beat up. It will be a blessing for him and the rest of the team."

On the team's passing offense:

"It's not quite where you want it to be. But if you look at the overall picture, we threw for 200-plus yards, threw no interceptions and made big plays when we had to. It was not awful by any means. It was actually pretty decent. It's not exactly what we want, but we're moving in the right direction."

On the Georgia players appearing to be jumping on the Vanderbilt logo after the game:

"I apologized for our guys doing that. I don't think that's the right thing to do at the end of a ballgame. We should be celebrating, but not in a way that would incite people's emotions like that. I told them we did that in 2001 when we didn't know what it meant to win on the road, but now we're not going to accept that."

On getting the win heading into an open date:

"It's great to have a win before you have two weeks to prepare for your next opponent. I didn't want anyone to think about football today unless they were watching the NFL. I told the coaches not to come in, and we'll get going Monday morning and wrap up Vandy and begin work on Florida. It's definitely a good medicine. If you're sitting there with a loss, it gnaws at you. If it gets at you for two weeks instead of one before you can redeem yourself, that's tough."

On Matthew Stafford leading another game-winning drive:

"He's not going to get bent out of shape (after falling behind.) He has an even keel and a competitive spirit. He wants to win, and he's not afraid of the challenge. He gets excited about it. I think he would like the game plan to be on his shoulders more often. He's that kind of guy. He's willing to take on any responsibilities you give him."

On facing a player like Florida QB Tim Tebow in two weeks:

"No one sees a guy like him. He's like no one else in America. Most running QBs are swifter guys in the 185-200 range, where Tebow is probably closer to 225. He's a bruising runner and he has great speed. He's got the speed to get outside and then can punish you after contact. He'll be a big issue."

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