Friday, May 9 2014, 02:35 PM EDT
Georgia Coach Richt Expects "Healthy" 2014 Team
The "big guns" for the Georgia Bulldogs stopped by Dalton this evening for UGA Days.
Head football coach Mark Richt and head basketball coach Mark Fox were in town to "press the flesh" with the faithful!
Last season, injuries plagued the football team, especially on offense. Coach Richt tells NewsChannel 9 everyone should be back.
At the start of 2013, Todd Gurley looked sensational.But a high ankle injury in the LSU game sidelined him and left him banged up for much of the season. As for this go around, Richt expects a healthy tailback. "He was wounded (last season), he played less than 100 percent as far as his health. He kind of sucked it up for the team so to speak. If he's healthy and stays healthy, he's going to have a tremendous year."
Receivers Michael Bennett, Malcolm Mitchell and Justin Scott Wesley all went down last year. Bennett came back toward the end of last season, while Mitchell and Wesley missed the remainder of their seasons. Richt expects everyone back for the 2014 season.
Of course, they won't be catching passes thrown by multiple SEC record holder Aaron Murray. This year, Hutson Mason is the man.
The coach says he's ready, "His focus is on winning."
Coupled with all the offensive injuries, Georgia's defense was porous last year.They gave up 30 or more points eight times.The Dawgs finished a disappointing 8-5, including a Gator Bowl loss to Nebraska. But the defensive coaching staff from last year is gone. All of them. And Jeremy Pruitt, who led Flordia State's defense to the national championship, is now at the helm.
Richt said it all comes down to the basics, "We just got to take the guys we have and coach them up fundamentally, coach 'em up in regard to the kind of effort and the execution that we want. And then go play and hopefully play the type of game that will keep the scores down."
The Dawgs will find out soon enough.They open at home August 30 against Clemson.
Richt said running back Keith Marshall, who went down in the Tennessee game with a badly torn knee ligament, will be back by June 1st.
Tomorrow, NewsChannel 9 will take a more in-depth look at the basketball Dawgs, in a one-on-one conversation with head coach Mark Fox.
by John Madewell
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