April 8, 2010

Richt says G-Day will be simple

Those coming to Saturday's G-Day game hoping to see Todd Grantham unleash his new 3-4 defense are going to leave Sanford Stadium disappointed.

It's not going to happen.

"I know the fans are probably waiting for this, that and the other, but we might do this, that and not the other," head coach Mark Richt said. "We'll do some things but we don't want to show too much. We've put a few new things offensively, too that we don't want to show and sometimes the more the offense does with formations, shifts and things like that the more it shows how a defense would react to it. So, we don't want to do things offensively that might show how we might adjust to certain things."

But Richt said fans won't be totally disappointed.

"I'm not going to sit here and say it's going to be vanilla, because it won't be," he said. "They'll be some blitzing and stunting defensively, and there will be plenty of plays offensively that we can run where we think we'll have a chance to score. But as much of the strategy or the nuts and bolts of how we operate, we're going to try and keep people from learning too much about our defense."

Otherwise, Saturday's G-Day game will be very similar to past spring contests under Richt.

The Bulldogs will play four 12-minute quarters with a normal running clock. There will be no kickoffs, with all opening and post-score possessions starting at the minus-25. Each team will punt, but the net punt will be 35 yards no matter how far the ball goes.

There will be no rushing of field goals and extra points and there will be the usual 40-second running clock.

Quarterbacks Logan Gray, Aaron Murray and Zach Mettenberger will rotate between the two teams.

"The QBs will rotate, we're not quite sure yet but we'll roll them," Richt said. "Basically, the Red team will be the No. 1 offense (and No. 2 defense) and the Black Team, which will be wearing the white jerseys, will be the No. 2 offense (and No. 1 defense) and we'll continue to rotate them like we have all along."

Jackson confirms he was in taxi

Running back Dontavius Jackson confirmed what was reported earlier by UGASports that he was the player in the taxi where a married couple was threatened while coming back from a downtown Athens bar.

"I was in the cab. I was the peacemaker," Jackson said. "But as far as in-depth, I'm not allowed to speak on it because of the investigation."

Athens-Clarke County police released a statement late Monday afternoon, confirming that their investigation has revealed that no Georgia football players took part in a March 28 incident when four men allegedly threatened and hit a married couple as they returned in a taxi from a downtown Athens bar.

Jackson is questionable for Saturday's G-Day game due to an injured ankle.

King not likely to play; other injury news

Richt confirmed that he doubts running back Caleb King will play Saturday.

King has missed Georgia's past four practices since banging his knee in workouts last week.

Also, starting right guard Chris Davis (hip) is questionable as is linebacker Richard Samuel. Richt was unsure of Samuel's exact injury but it is not believed to be serious.
Defensive end Abry Jones also didn't practice but Richt expects him to practice Friday and play in Saturday's game.

Meanwhile, Israel Troupe (hamstring) should learn Friday whether or not he'll be able to go.

Brown expected to play

Wide receiver Marlon Brown is expected to play in Saturday's game, despite missing much of the past two weeks with a bruised shoulder.

"The more you practice the better you get when you're young but when you're a guy like Kris Durham, you can miss a season and come back right away to play," Richt said. "When you're a young guy and miss a week it's tough on them."

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