By the way, spring practice starts tomorrow. Amidst all the usual optimism you get on this occasion, there are a couple of quotes from Mark Richt worth your attention.
First, this on the running back situation:
Georgia signed Isaiah Crowell from Carver Columbus High School to bolster a running game that finished 10th in the SEC last year.
Crowell could be the starter from the get-go for the Bulldogs, but he won’t arrive on campus for a few months.
That gives Washaun Ealey and Caleb King along with Ken Malcome and Carlton Thomas time to make their move in the next 15 practices.
“I just want to see them compete,” Richt said. “I want to see them prove they can hold off the young pup coming in.”
Not very subtle there, is he. I don’t remember a similar warning to the wide receivers when A. J. Green was coming in. Either Richt is very confident about Crowell’s ability to step in and succeed immediately in the SEC as a true freshman, or he’s looking for a way to light a fire under his returning backs’ asses to get one of them to step up.
And in case you’re wondering if Richt is approaching this season with an appropriate level of focus, here’s your answer.
… What is certain is that the Bulldogs will not be allowed to ease into a 2011 season that opens in Atlanta against Boise State.
“That is absolutely a motivating factor every time we go into the weight room,” Richt said. “It will be a motivating factor in the spring and all summer long. It’s a motivating factor for me. I’m studying their film before spring even starts.” [Emphasis added.]