Sunday, November 28, 2010

Sunday Conference Call


With the win over Georgia Tech on Saturday night, the Dawgs improved to 6-6 and are expecting to play in their 14th consecutive bowl game.

During his weekly Sunday conference call with the media, head coach Mark Richt said he is looking forward to the opportunity to play in a bowl game.

"I don't know what's going to happen for sure, but all I can say is that I'm excited that there are bowls that want us to play and that we are in position to play there,” said Richt. “I'll be thankful for wherever we land. We look forward to whomever we compete against, and we'll come prepared to play."

Last year the Dawgs made their 45th appearance in post-season play at the Independence Bowl in Shreveport, Louisiana, and they currently rank fifth in the nation's all-time top bowl teams, holding a 26-16-3 record.

When asked about the team’s postseason evaluation, Richt talked about the process.

"Well, the season is not over yet,” he explained. “But everything gets looked at. We want to review our offensive and defensive systems and schemes to see how they held up, and if we did have problems find out where they derived from. We also look throughout the season at things like recruiting, strength and conditioning and nutrition, and we'll really look at the football part when the season is over."

The last time Georgia needed a win over Georgia Tech to be bowl eligible was 1995 and the Dawgs came through that year too, beating the Yellow Jackets 18-17 in Atlanta. With the latest win, Georgia improves to 61-37-5 in the series and retains the Governor’s Cup Trophy for another year.

Richt thinks the 42-34 victory Saturday night was beneficial for recruits to see.

"I think it was a great experience for all the recruits who went to the game,” Richt said. “They all got to be around each other and see the great atmosphere here at Georgia and how positive things can be. That is also a great thing to take into recruiting time."

As far as recruiting goes, Richt said the following.

"We have to make sure that we are bringing in guys that can play across the board. We are looking for guys to make an immediate impact but also players that can make a difference down the road. We have a need everywhere because players are always rolling in and out."

He also commented on that status of junior standouts A.J. Green and Justin Houston.

"There is a process the NFL has put together where they can put their names in before a committee and different people from the league will look at these guys and then come to a consensus,” said Richt regarding the process of collegiate juniors testing where they would be drafted by an NFL team. “I'm not sure when this process can start, but it will be relatively soon. It will give them an idea where their draft status is."

The Dawgs expected to find out what bowl game they will be attending sometime over the next week and a half, it appears at this time that it will be the Liberty Bowl on December 31st in Memphis. Kickoff is at 3:30 pm EST against the winner of the SMU – University of Central Florida game.

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