On the surface, that’s the kind of talk we typically hear in late July as we get ready for the start of preseason practice. But under the surface, I think it’s indicative of something more important that really is worth appreciating.
Special teams are where you really notice a team’s quality depth. And because of Richt’s questionable roster management practices over the 2009-2013 period, quality depth was lacking. How could it not be, with a roster that at one point had fewer than 70 scholarship players on it? If Richt now observes that there are more athletes on special teams, there’s only one reason for that.
Quite simply, Richt’s got more scholarship bodies to work with. And that is a welcome development.
There are certainly things Richt’s done that are worthy of criticism. But he also deserves credit for learning from his mistakes and making the effort to overcome them. If you’re like me and think that the hesitant way he managed the numbers on Georgia’s roster was his most egregious, then this is a good sign. It’s talk that makes me happy for the right reason.