This doesn’t sound like the Mark Richt I used to know:
Georgia has played 21 true freshmen this year, and Mark Richt has changed his philosophy when it comes to redshirting, opting to play more guys for the experience and depth.
“I don’t think as much about redshirting guys as I used to, because not many guys stay five years anyway,” Richt said. “Even if they play just a little bit, they’re just so much more ready to play. There’s so many guys that, a year from now, are going to have to play. So if you know a guy’s going to have to play for you next year, you might (as well) get him as many reps as you can possibly get him.
“If he’s a redshirt freshman, he’s almost like a true freshman in a lot of ways. So I’d rather have a true sophomore that’s got a few plays under his belt than a redshirt freshman that hasn’t played a game.”
Again, the most interesting thing about this season is that it’s shaping up to be a year in which Georgia is simultaneously chasing a division title and prepping a young team for the future. That’s a tough juggling act for anybody and when you consider how Richt has handled roster management before, it seems especially so for Georgia. The early schedule has helped, no doubt. But in that regard, this season’s ride promises to be an interesting one.