Bulldog Hotline – 10/17/11

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Live from the Hotel Indigo.

You can call in to the AT&T Bulldog Hotline number at 1-888-81-DAWGS (1-888-813-2947). And now you can send in your question for Coach Richt via their FB page http://www.facebook.com/georgiabulldogs or via the official UGA Twitter page http://twitter.com/ugaathletics. Georgia gets its conference record to 4-1 and overall to 5-2 with a 33-28 win over Vanderbilt Saturday in Nashville. Next up, a week off before the annual border clash with Florida in Jacksonville.

Scott opens things up by congratulating Coach Richt on the win. CMR says we’re just trying to keep pace in the SEC East. Get some time to rest and refocus. And be ready to play Florida which will be an exciting time in Jacksonville.

Then Scott asks about his mood after the game. Richt said he is thankful for the win, but wishes after the game we could all just get along (laughs). Why can’t we just come across there say good game and be done with it? Says things got too active after the game and even during the game we didn’t do a good job of just going back to the huddle or sideline. We’ve got to learn to be more disciplined in that regard because all that can do is turn into trouble for you. Again, thankful for the victory. Not thankful for the heart attack just prior to the victory. Got a lot of positives things going but we really must get better at a lot of things if we really want to make a run at this thing.

Mike in Columbus is first up. Mentions the FSN survey of the SEC East coaches and that Richt led the survey at 83%. Then he talks about all the chop blocking during the game. Worst he’s seen since Georgia Tech. And they were able to run for 200 yards. Assures everyone Georgia will win the East. Richt thanks Mike for being a good fan. Says he was right about getting Crowell, hopes he’s also right about the SEC East. Scott then asks if CMR would like to talk about Vandy’s blocking. Richt no, I don’t have any thoughts on that. Except that he’s right about them running for 200 on us.

Sonny in Evans has a couple questions. Not trying to sound like he’s complaining or whining. Applauds the team for the five game winning streak. But he is concerned about not being able to put teams away in the second half. He also would like CMR’s thoughts on having such a big offensive line that isn’t able to produce a consistent running game. What are we doing to work on that? Richt agrees with minimizing the drama? at the end of games. Had some people open that we didn’t hit, some missed FGs, had the fake punt, didn’t tackle on the kick return. But also gives credit to the teams we’ve played. They execute well. You can’t have a perfect game all the time, but you do want to minimize the drama so to speak. As far as the offensive line, it’s important to have big and strong linemen. But at every level of football you just have to be ready to get the ugly yards. And then suddenly you pop one and your receivers have to be ready to block downfield and your RB has to make the safety miss. There’s a lot of times we do knock them down and create space and we just need to continue to get better on the running end of it too.

Stanley Tucker from FB asks about trick plays and Brandon Boykin in the backfield. Will we see any in Jax? Richt – Doesn’t want to talk about trick plays because then they’re not very tricky. (laughter) Scott then asks what his favorite trick play is. Richt says the ones that work. Those are the best ones. The ones that don’t work usually mean negative yardage because there’s a risk to them. But we’ll definitely see some more of Brandon Boykin back there.We’ll see more of the other number 1. Well I don’t know who’s the other number 1 really. But the defensive number 1, Branden Smith. We’ll see those guys play some more offensive snaps before the season is over.

Randy Benson asks about Ray Drew, will he get more playing time? Richt ‘ Drew had a good game and got more playing time. Some tackles for loss, some hurries. Pretty active out there. Thinks that gave him some confidence and that that gives the coaches more confidence in him. Some of these freshmen are really going to be good players. But just because they’re really talented doesn’t mean they’re ready to line up and play football right off the bat. Ray has slowly been getting better and better. Is sure he will get more time now.

Primerica Player of the Week, Overachiever Award ‘ Christian Robinson from Norcross. Richt says Christian is a guy that we’ve been leaning on. He seems to have picked Grantham’s defense a little quicker. Has the ability to read the offense well and can recognize and communicate. He’s also gotten bigger, stronger and faster. Scott asks if CRob’s back to 100% after his injury. Richt is sure but says by the Florida game he will be.

Dave in Stone Mountain says in the three games we’ve beaten Florida in the last 21 years we’ve had a 7-0 lead and a 100 yard rusher in all three of those wins. Wanted to point that out. Also, concerned about how we always seem to jump into the shotgun once we get into the redzone. And the first play always seems to put us into 2nd and long yardage. Why do we always get into the shotgun when we’re in the redzone even if we’ve been successful in the I? Richt ‘ doesn’t think it is ‘always’, but says we do play a lot of football in the shotgun. Says he definitely will look into it, is interested to see how much it happens.

Scott in Grayson congratulates CMR on number 101. Appreciates Coach Grantham. Asks if Rambo was coached to get down after that interception at the end to avoid a fumble or was it a personal choice. Also asks about the shotgun formation on the last drive, why didn’t we use instead a couple TEs and a FB to kind of pound it out? Richt ‘ Rambo probably felt the game was over. Many felt that way probably. Says he would probably ask that he get as much as he can while he’s in space. As far as being in the shotgun at the end of the game, we didn’t get much on a read play going sideways when we probably could’ve pulled the ball and gotten yards vertically. The time before when we tried to get a first down we were in an I-formation and some two-tights and were trying to pound it out and still weren’t able to get a first down. But we also had a five yard penalty that made it 1st and 15. We could’ve thrown a pass but that produces the risk of an interception or stopping the clock and giving them 40 seconds. The bottomline is we’ve got to get a first down when we need one to finish a game. Regardless of whether we’re in the eye or the gun it doesn’t matter. We’ve got to execute.

Brian Burress wants to know about the impact of Cornelius Washington and Alec Ogletree will be returning to the lineup. Richt ‘ hopes it’s a big impact. Knows they’re both ready, excited. Should be fresh. Tree will begin practicing again tomorrow. There will be a little rust there but we’re working on some fundamental stuff anyway that will help him out. He’ll be full speed, no green jersey.

Mike in Gainesville asks about the 4th quarter call to punt, did he consider taking a safety? Richt ‘ if we were closer to the goalline, it might have been wise. But there was a lot of space and yards to cover with that play. You have to be able to assure that he can get out of bounds, has enough of a head start.

Mitchell in New Hampshire asks what’s the biggest thing we have to work on to get better? And also what does he think about bringing a former player or maybe a player of the game in the previous week on to the call in show? Richt ‘ fundamentals is something we’ll work on. Talks about blocking and all the different types of blocks that we have time to work on. There’s a number of things to work on with special teams. And tackling will also be addressed. It all comes down to blocking and tackling.

@rtdew asks other than the win is there anything else he liked about the Vanderbilt game? Richt ‘ is there anything better than winning? (laughs) Talks about how the defense has matured to the point that they can get the stops when it’s necessary. Doesn’t think we had that last year. This year they made a stop at the end of the first half and really two at the end of the game.

Richt then goes back to answer Mitchell’s second question. Says he’s all for someone else coming along if the people in charge are ok with it. Scott says they’d have to check to see if there’s a rule against a player coming in for the call in show. Richt says that there’s always a rule against something.

Virgil is calling from Athens. Commends Richt on the way the team is playing. Then asks if we can kick the ball into the endzone so that there isn’t a return. Richt ‘ says Walsh has the leg for it and has full rein to knock it out of the endzone. Sometimes the wind is against him and he can’t get it all the way there. Also sometimes fatigue can play a role too late in the game. And when that happens the rest of the guys have to be there and be disciplined.

Joe in Dublin asks Richt about the recruiting. Richt ‘ says he can’t get into specific names of course. They’ve got a lot of really good names on the board. Winning is the best recruiting tool.

Jesse in Gillsville asks if Isaiah was hurt at Vanderbilt. Richt ‘ says he has a nagging injury with his wrist that keeps getting hit. It heals fast but when it gets hit again it causes some pain. Carlton also had an injury on his first carry. So he didn’t see much work. As for Richard, says he runs hard and puts in his best effort each time. Runs with a lot of heart.

Scott asks if the off week comes at a good time. Richt ‘ it does. They’ll get some rest, relaxation. He’ll get to see John play football for Mars Hill so that’ll be good. Also has another son in a play that he’ll get to see.

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