Put it this way: I’m not exactly nestled in my comfort zone with comments like this one from Richt.
“It’s just not a lot settled at a lot of positions, especially on the defensive side of the ball,” Richt said after Wednesday’s mini-scrimmage at Sanford Stadium. “I’m concerned about it. But the dust is gonna settle, and guys are gonna go out there and play ball, and we’ll see what they’re made of.”
I dunno; maybe he’s bs-ing. Georgia didn’t run a full scrimmage yesterday, electing instead to hit without tackling to the ground. So if the staff is still up in the air about a number of personnel decisions, it’s hard to see how they’re going about their evaluations. But this doesn’t sound like smoke blowing to me:
The issue, he said, was “settling a lot of questions” on personnel, starting jobs and rotations.
Richt said there were a couple reasons for that:
– Injuries. The most notable one was Ramik Wilson, the All-SEC inside linebacker who was out about 10 days with a concussion. Richt also pointed to cornerback Devin Bowman, who was making a good move but then suffered a hamstring injury and is out right now.
– The youth and experience, especially in the secondary. Richt granted that was similar to last year, when there were a similar amount of inexperience heading into the season.
“There are so many young guys, so many inexperienced guys, that it will be a trial by fire for a lot of these guys,” Richt said. “And we’ll see how they handle the pressure of it.”
Maybe they’re dedicating this preseason to the memory of Larry Munson. If so, all I can say is that it’s working.
Seriously, what I do wonder from that last observation is whether Richt felt really burnt by how unprepared last year’s secondary was and is trying to avoid another situation like that at all costs. If that means waiting until the very last minute to set a rotation in the secondary, I guess that means we’ll wait.