September 5, 2010

Richt pleased with what he saw from D

When Georgia coach Mark Richt was asked what he thought about defensive coordinator Todd Grantham's "sideline intensity" during Saturday's 55-7 win over Louisiana-Lafayette.

"I was grinning, I liked it," Richt said during Sunday's weekly teleconference with reporters. "I think the players, liked it too."

Well, maybe not all.

Safety Bacarri Rambo learned first-hand what it's like to face the wrath of Grantham after being beaten by tight end Ladarius Green for the Ragin Cajuns' lone touchdown, a 60-yard touchdown pass late in the second quarter.

Grantham went back not once, not twice, but four times to get his point across to Rambo, who didn't make the same mistake again.

But despite the mistake, Richt said he found very little - if anything - to complain about the play of the Bulldog D, which held Louisiana to 128 total yards, including just 14 on the ground. Georgia also recorded three sacks and finished with nine tackles for loss.

"They just seemed very locked in mentally. They played extremely hard," Richt said. "There were very few loafs and I thought we tackled extremely well."

Richt was also pleased with the discipline that was shown.

Last year, the Bulldogs hurt themselves on several occasions with personal fouls due to late hits when ball carriers were about to go out of bounds.

Saturday, the Bulldog defense was not penalized a single time.

Richt said he couldn't have a better man at the helm.

"(Choosing the right DC) had nothing to do with the scheme, it had to do with finding the right man for the job," Richt said. "I wanted someone who would really lead the defense and take command of the coaches, the players and have a great understanding of the front end, the back end and everything in between.

"I'm not a micromanager when it comes to the defensive side of the ball at all; I'm not a micromanager in general, although I do feel I can add some value to the offense because that is an area of expertise. I certainly understand defense from an offensive standpoint, but to say I could coach defense at the level we need it to be coached now, I'm not the man for the job. I wanted to make sure I hired a coach who could handle it and Todd has fit the bill."

Georgia's three interceptions were the most for the team in one game in over a year.

Brandon Boykin picked off the first pick following a tipped ball by Cornelius Washington followed by Jakar Hamilton who returned an interception 17 yards for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter.

Sanders Commings collected the Bulldogs' third interception with a beautiful over-the-shoulder grab on Louisiana's next possession.

It's a trend Richt hopes continues on Saturday against the Gamecocks (noon, ESPN).

"When you put pressure on the quarterback you hope to get the ball thrown quicker than he wants, or maybe there's a throw as the guy is getting hit and the ball is in the air," Richt said. "But we also feel if we can get the other team where it's got to throw to get back in it, there will be a better chance of getting more opportunities. We did drop a couple but we also made some great plays. That one that Sanders had, that was as fine an interception as I've ever seen."

NOTES: Richt again declined any comment regarding wide receiver A.J. Green and his status for Saturday's game. … Richt re-confirmed that running back Washaun Ealey, safety Alec Ogletree and wide receiver Tavarres King will play after serving a one-game suspension. … Running back Caleb King was dinged up early in the second half but Richt said the injury is not serious. … Linebacker Richard Samuel remains on crutches after some recent swelling in his knee. … Wide receiver Kris Durham had the idea for different players to wear No. 31 to honor Quintin Banks who retired recently due to nagging injuries.

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