September 12, 2010

Richt hints at changes on DL-OL

Georgia coach Mark Richt responded that South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier was not too far off base when he said the key to Saturday's win over the Bulldogs was due to domination on both sides of the line of scrimmage.

"I don't know if it was total domination because it was a close game to the very end," Richt said. "But I do think we've got to learn our personnel better, we've got to get some of our bigger men like Bean (Justin Anderson) and (Kwame) Geathers into the game more. We just need to get the right combinations in with some of our looks and that will help us."

Richt conceded Georgia's offensive line needs work, too.

"We've definitely got to continue to improve up front. Our tackles and center were good, but our guards are struggling more than any of the others," Richt said, referring to guards Cordy Glenn and Chris Davis. "We've either got to get better or we might have to make some changes there."

Richt wasn't the only one aggravated by the events of Saturday in Columbia.

Sunday, frustrations were apparent as fans voiced their displeasure on message boards like UGASports. A few players subsequently responded on their personal Twitter accounts with tweets stating that critical fans need "to be quiet" when it comes to their opinions of the Georgia program.

Richt was asked about the tweets at the end of Sunday's teleconference with reporters.

"I guess I need to read the tweets?" Richt asked. "Our guys just need to play ball. Let the fans cheer and let us play."

Richt said he and his coaches will deal with the on-the-field issues, not the least of which will focus on tackling this week as the Bulldogs (1-1, 0-1) prepare for Arkansas (2-0, 0-0).

Gamecock running back Marcus Lattimore torched Georgia's defense for 182 yards rushing on 37 carries, many coming after the point of contact.

How many, though, Richt said he wasn't sure.

"I don't. If I went back to the staff and had them add them all up, we could," Richt said. "They do keep track but at the end of the day we didn't say we missed X-amount of tackles. But it was a good bit."

Richt hopes putting some bigger bodies in the middle of the defensive line will help in that regard.

Junior DeAngelo Tyson played most of the game at nose, while neither Anderson nor Geathers were listed on the Bulldogs' participation chart.

Although he was not displeased with Tyson's performance, Richt was clear it's time to start getting more personnel involved.

"(Tyson) is doing fine but we've got to get more guys in the game," Richt said. "We've got to get it where DeAngelo is not playing as many snaps as he played, but that's true for some other guys. We've got to get Bean in the game more, we've got to get Abry (Jones) in the game more, we've got to get Geathers in the game more.

"They played a lot of three-receiver sets that put us in more of a nickel situation so the nose comes out, but we've got to find a way to get them in there."

Richt said he's certain other teams will try to follow the same offensive blueprint used by the Gamecocks in the weeks to come.

"I think everybody's going to watch that film and say let's do something like that until they prove they can defend it better," Richt said.

NOTES: Richt said he hopes to hear something back from the NCAA Tuesday regarding A.J. Green's appeal. He added he has "no idea" which way the appeal may go. … Fullback Shaun Chapas has an ankle injury but Richt had not spoken to team trainer Ron Courson before Sunday's weekly teleconference. … Richt revealed that running back Caleb King actually sprained his ankle in the season-opener against Louisiana-Lafayette. King did not play against the Gamecocks. … Tackle Trinton Sturdivant got in three plays Saturday, his first game action since tearing his ACL in last year's season-opener against Oklahoma State.

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