November 13, 2007

I want a Redout, jokes Richt

One week after calling for a "Blackout" against Auburn, Georgia coach Mark Richt jokingly called for a "Redout" Saturday against Kentucky.

"I've decided to have a Redout. I want everybody to wear red," Richt announced to the media during Tuesday's weekly press conference at Stegeman Coliseum before pausing. "I think we do that anyway. Maybe we'll wear black jerseys in pre-game and run out in red. Whatever it takes to get everybody fired up."

On a serious note, Richt took time to thank the Bulldog Nation for making last week's blackout a success. Nearly the entire stadium was filled with Georgia fans wearing back shirts of some description, and Richt said the sight definitely helped his team get jacked up to play the Tigers.

"It was just a great feeling that the Bulldog Nation was coming together to do something special," Richt said. "We want the players to get jacked up and we're going to need that same kind of emotion Saturday because we're getting ready to play a great team in Kentucky."

Georgia fans haven't been the only ones enamored with the black jerseys.

Richt said that former players have called and sent emails, wanting to get their hands on some.

"I've had several (former) players call asking how they could get their hands on a black jersey with their number on it," Richt said. "(David) Pollack said he wanted one, and (D.J.) Shockley made some comments."

Dogs wary of Woodson

Safety C.J. Byrd said the Bulldogs have plenty of reason to fear Kentucky quarterback Andre Woodson.

With good reason:

Along with being the top-rated passer in the SEC, Woodson (232 of 365 for 2,653 yards and 29 touchdowns), will be one of the few drop-back passers that the Bulldogs have faced this year.

"He was my preseason pick for All-SEC quarterback," Richt said.

The last time Georgia faced a quarterback of similar ilk was Week 6 against Tennessee when Erik Ainge completed 17 of 22 passes for 165 yards. Auburn quarterback Brandon Cox was also a classic drop-back passer, but possesses nowhere near the arm strength of Woodson, projected to be a first-round pick in the April' NFL draft.

"This is a great game to get motivated for," Byrd said. "They're going get their yards, its going to be up to us to try and minimize it.

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