2010 Fall Camp: Media Day Quotes

ATHENS - Head coach Mark Richt and several football players addressed the media during the Bulldogs' first press luncheon. They offered the following comments:

Head coach Mark Richt

 

Opening statement…

"Everybody's here. Everybody reported last night ready to go. Basically half of our offensive unit was walking through assignments and the other half was working in the weight room, and the same thing was going on defensively—half the guys were walking through the defensive assignments and the other half were in the weight room and then they would flip about 45 minutes into it. Then there will be a 15-minute walk-through for special teams. What we are going to cover today which is our pride team, punt team.  Of course we will have our first practice a little later on today. This is where we are at right now. We are just learning. A lot of guys are learning a lot. The quarterback room has got to be the youngest room maybe in the history of college football. You got a redshirt freshman, a true freshman on scholarship and then two walk-ons, and that is all that is in that quarterback room right now so it's scary in there. Coach [Mike] Bobo is going to really earn his pay. But the good news is Aaron [Murray] is really doing a very good job, and he knows the deal extremely well. Just being in the meeting today, I thought all the young QB's were pretty sharp and learning really quick. Hutson [Mason] seemed to have a little better grasp so far on day one. Then when you get in there and you are doing your walk-through with that veteran line, Coach [Stacy] Searels is whipping through stuff in 20 minutes that might have taken him an hour a couple years back because he has a lot of veterans there. So that's good. Defensively everybody is still on a pretty good learning curve right now, but everybody is ready to learn and prepare for this season. We have 29 practices as you all know, and with these walk-throughs that we have that is another maybe 10 or 11 learning opportunities, I'll call them. So we will have at least 40 sessions to teach and train and make sure everyone knows that to do; we are glad we have the time to do that."

 

On the decision to start camp this early…

"I wanted to start as early as we could. I was trying to get to where we didn't have any two-a-days at all; although really I think the last couple years we only had three of them. With the five acclimation days you could have a two-a-day, one-a-day, two-a-day, one-a-day, and a two-a-day until school starts. The last couple of years we might have only had three of them anyway. But what I was trying to do was have as many of these teaching opportunities as possible. When you go one-a-days, you can still have a walk-through in the morning so it gives you more time to install. Because we have a new defense, I thought it would be wise to get as many teaching opportunities as possible. The thing is you also, while all these walk-throughs are going on, are in the weight room lifting. I think that is important to continue getting strong even two weeks into our camp. Where a lot of times once you start camp you begin the two-a-days before you know it, you are breaking down their bodies. So my goal is not to break them down so much physically, but to try to continue to build them up physically and make sure everyone knows what to do. You tend to get more injuries the more fatigued you are also so I'm trying to keep them from being fatigued as much during practice, but we also are practicing in the heat of the day because we know we have to play those first three games in extreme heat. We are just trying to find that really good balance of getting them acclimated to the heat, getting them in condition to play but not losing them along the way. I am trying to get everybody to the gate—healthy and ready to go."

 

Impact of Akeem Dent's injury…

"He was one of the stronger leaders of our defense and he is still there to lead, he can do that. He is not gone; he's going to be going through the process mentally, but as we all know, the more you do something in a sport, the more you physically can do it, the better you're going to get at it, the more comfortable you'll be at it. So it definitely hurt us, but considering there is a chance that he might be back for the first game is good news. He won't lose his season. He deserves to have a real healthy senior year and we need him, quite frankly he is one of our better leaders and one of our better players."

 

The biggest difference in this season from last season both offensively and defensively…

"We really will just have to wait and see. I think offensively there is just a lot more experience. Last year we had a sophomore tight end and a couple freshmen playing, basically. Now I've got two juniors and two sophomores and the sophomores both played as freshmen so they are a lot more experienced. I have receivers that are more experienced. The running back position is healthier and much more experienced right now. And the offensive line is, at this point, healthy and more experienced also. We've got a lot of guys who know what to do, have played in big games and have had success. So they're just excited about getting this season started. I know they're excited about the preparation too, but a lot of it is just review for a great majority of these guys. Now we need to master our craft. Instead of just knowing it pretty good, we need to really be experts at it. That will be the challenge for those guys. Defensively, we've got a little better taste of what we're doing. We are not at ground zero like we were in the spring, but they have a ways to go to learn what to do."

 

On Aaron Murray being compared to David Greene…

"He likes the way Aaron prepares. When David [Greene] was in our meeting rooms, the very first spring when he got to Georgia and we're installing everything, David was just a tremendous student of the game. You could see that he was absorbing it, he was able to verbally tell you what's going on, and then he was able to get on that field and able to take it from the meeting room to the field, so to speak. Aaron has a tremendous work ethic. You can tell he is learning it in a systematic way that when it comes time to make these decisions he should have a better chance of making a good one. You have to train your mind as much as your body when you play quarterback, and I think he's doing a good job of that. He's just got to play. He has earned a lot of respect from his teammates. I was just talking to Chris Davis a moment ago and he was saying he was proud of the job Aaron did all summer and how much more confident he is in today's walk-throughs than even last spring because he worked all summer long mentally and physically. So I think right now he has the confidence of his veteran teammates." 

 

#81 Aron White

On Aaron Murray…

"Aaron is a guy who comes in and works very hard. I've never seen anyone who watches as much film, especially at an early age. He picks things up pretty fast. I think he's growing into a bigger leadership role on the team. He always at the front of the pack, being vocal and making sure guys are working. He's going to do just fine."

 

On whether Murray relaxed after earning the starting QB job…

"I think he relaxed a little bit. Everyone is going to be on edge if they don't know if they're going to play or not. It's pretty clear that he is going to be the guy. He's definitely not resting on his laurels. He's still working and grinding because he feels like he has a lot to prove."

 

#11 Aaron Murray

On the start of fall practice…

"I pretty much haven't been able to sleep the last month or so. I'm extremely excited about this. It's something I've been waiting a long time for. It's going to be a great feeling coming out of this tunnel and going onto the field for the first game."

 

On being the starting quarterback at UGA…

"It's definitely an honor. It's something I've worked hard for and I'm definitely going to have to work hard to be the quarterback. This is just one goal of mine. Leading this team to a national and SEC championship are just two of them. I have to keep working hard and achieve those goals."

 

#94 DeAngelo Tyson

On the new defense…

"We attack more with it, it's more fun. As soon as we learn what to do and how to do it, we can go out and win games. [In the new defense] you're blitzing on your own, attacking more. When you attack you have fun and people who like to attack go out and do it. A lot of guys have been stepping up and becoming leaders like you're supposed to."

 

On a change in his own responsibilities…

"There's not much change. You still have a shade on the center, but you're just more physical at that point and in the 4-3 just have to keep the gaps. Now we're more attacking, more up-field, and trying to cause some confusion."

 

#50 Darryl Gamble

On injuries during spring practice…

"Guys get hurt. You can't save a guy from getting hurt. Even in other programs, maybe it's not the top guy but somebody is bound to get hurt when you're going as hard you as you can. It was unfortunate that Akeem [Dent] got hurt but we're looking forward to moving on. We can't wait till he gets back."

 

On playing inside vs. outside linebacker…

"I would say outside is more fun. There are less rules. You get more freedom to be yourself rather than playing inside the confinement of what you can and can't do."


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