This is starting to get a little out of hand.
Toward the end of Mark Richt’s media session Friday, a reporter asked him if he was impressed by a catch Green made, which required a bit of a stretch and a straddle of the sideline.
Richt admitted he was impressed, and went on to detail just how much potential Green has.
That then begged the follow-up question: Was there anyone in Richt’s past he could compare Green to?
Richt ran through a handful of Georgia players and couldn’t think of anyone. He went back through his mental rolodex of former Florida State greats, too. Nothing.
“I’m not saying he’s the best one I’ve had,” Richt said, “but there’s never been one like him.”
Whoa. I can’t recall any incoming freshman under Richt getting this kind of hype from the coach – including guys like Shockley and Stafford.
Speaking of Stafford, how about this story?
When Matt Stafford attempted to send Green deep, he waited and patted the ball twice, assuming Green would need the extra time.
“It didn’t get to him,” Richt said. “The big boy had to wait for the ball.”
Green had outrun Stafford’s powerful arm and had to come back for the ball. Richt said Green was disappointed at the missed opportunity, but gave some advice to Stafford afterward.
“I think he came back to the huddle,” Richt said, “and just told Stafford, ‘Just throw it man, as far as you can.’ “
The best part of all this? After regaling the media with Randy Moss stories and talk about Green outrunning Stafford’s arm, Richt actually had this to say:
“… He runs with good speed … but let him make a few plays in a real game before anointing him.”