April 1, 2010

Richt addresses newspaper report

Georgia coach Mark Richt said after practice that he's not ready to make any comment regarding Thursday's story in the campus newspaper Red and Black where a police report claimed "football players" may have been involved during an incident in a taxi cap after leaving a downtown Athens bar.

According to a story published by the newspaper, a married University couple were victims to simple battery and terroristic threats during an incident March 28 as they rode to their home in a A&A taxi at 2:04 a.m.

The accompanying police report claimed at least one of the perpetrators was a "football player" although no names were given.

"That's the whole thing. Right now it's speculation. We don't know anything for sure but I'm aware of the report," Richt said. "I'm just waiting to see what happens from here, really. I don't want to over or under-react at this point."

Richt said he was not made aware of the incident until he went on the field for practice at approximately 4 p.m. Thursday afternoon.

"I'll be honest with you, I had it stuck in front my face real quick just as I was walking on the field," Richt said. "I really wasn't aware of it so I don't know enough about it right now to even answer that question well."

Richt added he has not had spoken with any players about the incident. All Bulldogs were present and accounted for during Thursday's practice session.

"We just practiced, had our faculty appreciation day, we had our academic honor roll, met with all those folks, took a shower and came up here," Richt said. "I haven't had a chance to talk to anybody about it."

Safety spot still up for grabs

Secondary coach Scott Lakatos said Thursday not to read too much who is getting reps with the first team opposite Bacarri Rambo at strong safety.

"We're looking at a number of different combinations right now," Lakatos said. "Nobody's really locked into anything right now. We're just trying to see what guys match up best and where."

Jakar Hamilton, Nick Williams and Shawn Williams have all spent time alternating with the first team at strong safety.

This and that

Caleb King sat out Thursday's practice after feeling nauseous early Thursday morning. Richt also said King's knee "flared up" on him, but the injury was not considered serious. … Wide receiver Marlon Brown wore green to protect his bruised shoulder, but was able to run some drills with the team. … Georgia returns to practice Saturday morning at Sanford Stadium with its second scrimmage of the year. Tight end Bruce Figgins and defensive end Kiante Tripp were out of green and able to practice at 100 percent after recently missing time.

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