He did not make it mandatory, he said, because he was afraid someone might end up getting hurt.
"I watched that movie The Christmas Story, where his mom told him he was going to shoot his eye out with the BB gun," Richt said. "Sure enough, he did. I had visions of that, and I said, ‘I'm not going to make everybody do it.'"
Richt did not plan to participate.
"I would imagine if I'm out there and there are 40 paint guns out there, there would be 39 aiming at me," he said, "and I didn't want to give them that opportunity."
NEAR THE END: Georgia is known to have verbal commitments from 23 players for the class of 2008, but Richt indicated Wednesday that there is at least one more than isn't public yet.
"Sometimes there are commitments that we know about that other people don't know about," he said.
In fact, the Bulldogs are planning to take just one more verbal commitment for a class that is currently ranked No. 2 in the nation by Scout.com, Richt said.
BARNES' DESTINATION: Third-string quarterback Blake Barnes plans to transfer to Division II Delta State University in his home state of Mississippi. The Statesmen were 10-2 this year.
Barnes, a junior, will be able to play immediately.
"He had let me know that he was looking around a little bit," Richt said. "He communicated with me the whole way through, which I appreciated. It's a tough decision to leave your friends and a place that you really enjoy, but he just wanted to step in the huddle and be a leader or at least have the opportunity to do that again."
Georgia will have just three scholarship quarterbacks next year but does not plan to sign one in this recruiting class.