December 20, 2009

Richt sees team getting focused

If Georgia players are still miffed with some of the circumstances regarding their Christmas arrival in Shreveport or the fact they're playing Texas A&M in the Independence Bowl, head coach Mark Richt said he hasn't noticed any lingering effects.

Especially, he added, after his Bulldogs workout Sunday evening at the team's Woodruff Practice Facility.

"We had a fantastic practice today," Richt said. "I just thought our scout team did a great job, especially the offensive scout team that was going against our defense. The guys did a good job of picking up the tempo, getting lined up and forcing us to move quickly, make decisions and make calls. There were a few mental errors, but not many. It was just a great effort, great attitude and a lot of hustle. It was just the kind of practice you would hope for."

Richt conceded bowl workouts haven't always been so smooth.

But that was early on.

With the Dec. 28 date against the Aggies drawing closer, Richt sees the excitement level returning.

"They were getting the calls but they weren't playing very fast. We were pleased that they were getting it and understanding it, but they weren't playing fast enough and physical enough," Richt said. "(Sunday), that was our big emphasis, hey you know the plan, you've got it in your mind enough where you can start executing it with some speed and some physicalness (sic) and they did that today."

The Bulldogs will practice twice Monday and once Tuesday heading out to Shreveport.

Injury update

Reshad Jones practiced in green again Sunday with what Richt described as a "tendinitis issue." Richt does not believe the injury is serious.

Richt also had favorable updates regarding wide receiver A.J. Green and safety Bacarri Rambo.

According to the coach, Green appears to be close to 100 percent but coaches are trying to minimize any contact, while Rambo had his best workout to date since bowl practice got underway.

"He really practiced well today. Most everything he did, the speed at which he broke to the ball when we asked the guys to thud runners and receivers, he did just a great job," Richt said. "He's playing hard, he's sticking his face on those guys, he's wrapping up, he's running his feet; with no hesitation right now."

• Freshman receiver Marlon Brown is being held out of due to an early practice concussion.

Richt hasn't decided Robinson's future

Richt said Sunday he still hasn't come to a final decision regarding defensive end Montez Robinson, who was suspended indefinitely after two recent arrests.

The freshman was arrested first on an alcohol charges, and later following an alleged fight with another student in October.

"We're working on that decision, is the best way we can say," Richt said. "I'll just leave it at that. I'll let you all know when we know."

Richt would not speculate whether not Robinson would remain with the team.

"We've got to decide whether we're going to reinstate him or not," Richt said. "We're still looking at that."

This and that

Richt singled out freshman defensive tackle Kwame Gathers for his bowl practices thus far. "He's looking good, really good," Richt said. … Richt also said that both quarterbacks Aaron Murray and Zach Mettenberger have been "looking good.

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