Richt also made two announcements on Thursday. First, Richt stated that senior strong safety Quintin Banks has decided to end his playing career for the Bulldogs but will stay with the team in an assistant student coaching role.
"Quintin Banks has basically decided to retire from football is one way of saying it," Richt said. "His knees have not allowed him to move the way he is accustomed to moving and to move well enough to compete at this level, so he'll have some surgery in the next couple of weeks to months and try to get it all cleaned up to where he is healthy by time he walks out of this fine university with his degree in hand. In the meantime, he's going to help us. He's got tremendous knowledge. He's got tremendous love for this team and his teammates. He's got a wonderful spirit. When you describe what you're looking for in a person and a player, Quintin is exactly what we are looking for when it comes to a good Bulldog. It was very difficult for him to come to this realization, but he was man enough to make a decision like that and now live it out. But he will definitely continue to help us win as an assistant student coach.
"The other thing I'll say about Quintin is that as a head coach you hope that when a young man walks out the door he's ready for life. I talk about that a lot, and Quintin is absolutely ready. He's grown into a really fine man, and anybody looking for a tremendous employee and future leader, Quintin is that."
In other news, Richt provided an update on the status of sophomore cornerback Branden Smith.
"Branden is academically in good standing for the 2010 season," Richt noted.
Smith missed the last eight practices but will return to the field on Friday when the Bulldogs practice in shells leading up to the team's second team scrimmage of the preseason on Saturday.
Fall Semester classes begin at UGA Monday, Aug. 16. The annual Fans' Picture Day is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 21, at Sanford Stadium. Interim mascot "Russ" will be available for photos from 1-3 p.m., while the 2010 Bulldogs will be at the stadium from 3-5 p.m.
Georgia, which is ranked No. 21 in the preseason edition of the USA Today coaches poll, will begin the 2010 campaign on Saturday, Sept. 4, against Louisiana-Lafayette at Sanford Stadium. Kickoff for the opener against the Ragin' Cajuns is slated for 12:21 p.m., and the contest will be televised on the SEC Network nationwide.