Passion Over Penalties

ATHENS – Throughout the preseason, Mark Richt made cutting down on penalties a focus.

Two games into the season, Georgia ranks 109th in penalties, but given the intensity his team has shown, Richt isn't complaining.

"If you have to chose between the team playing the way we played with the amount of energy, fire and enthusiasm the whole game, and if the byproduct of that is penalties, I'll take that over a team that doesn't have a penalty but doesn't have a pulse to go with it," Richt said.

Georgia was flagged 13 times in a win over South Carolina last Saturday bringing the team's total to 20 for the season. The numbers have been offset, however, by a barrage of penalties against the opposition, too. Oklahoma State was whistled for 15 penalties in Georgia's opener and South Carolina had 11 flags, including two that overturned touchdowns, last week.

"Some games get wild," Richt said. "That game got wild."

Richt said the key for Georgia will be reducing the number of avoidable penalties like offsides calls or having too many men on the field. What he doesn't want to see happen is players like safety Reshad Jones, who was flagged for personal fouls in each of the first two games, reduce their intensity on game day.

"I love the way he is playing," Richt said of Jones. "I don't think he has tried to hurt anybody. As far as the sideline play (against South Carolina), I think he was trying to tackle the guy. You are running full speed, and reaching out and grabbing what you can. Going back to the other play at Oklahoma State, I think he did everything right."

Dawg Post Top Stories