Richt slowly seems to be shaking off his playing not to lose mentality as it pertains to Georgia’s return teams. (I say slowly, because he still trotted out punt safe teams way too often last night. But Rome admittedly wasn’t built in a day.)
Gurley first tied the game with a 100-yard kickoff return in the second quarter. Richt now regrets not keeping Gurley on kick return, where he was early in his freshman year before they decided not to risk him on special teams.
“We cheesed up. We decided, ‘Well we can’t put him back there because something may happen or something like that,’ ” Richt said. “This year I was like, ‘We’re putting our best players on special teams.’ ”
Georgia amassed 171 return yards in the opener. For context, Georgia’s return yardage for the entirety of the 2013 season was 538.
Consider that grounds for optimism.