It was a question Georgia fans have pondered, but until Wednesday, it was one that had yet to be asked of head coach Mark Richt.
Does he feel like he's coaching for his job after the Bulldogs' 1-4 start?
"You always are," Richt said. "I think you always are. I'm just.
I can tell you I'm coaching my tail off. I can tell you that."
Richt was asked if such speculation was fair.
"I'm not going to get into all that," Richt said. "I think, you know
there are only certain things I can control. That's what I'm working on."
Richt said he understands fans are upset with his Bulldogs' humble beginning and he's doing everything in his power to turn Georgia's fortunes around.
He hasn't spent any time feeling sorry for himself.
"Me? No, I don't, but I think a lot of people might say why me or why us? But you know, why not us? We're human and we're susceptible to things not going the way we want from time to time," Richt said. "When it doesn't happen I think it's a test and I think it's a test of our ability to handle these adverse situations, it's something that we all grow from. I know our young people are hopefully learning a lot of things through it, it's not fun. But you know, when we as people go through hard times, it doesn't feel good, but normally we learn from it, we grow from it and we get better as people for it. That's my goal."
Gates to start on offensive line?
Freshman Kenarious Gates was seen working with the first unit at guard during the two periods the media was allowed to watch practice Tuesday afternoon.
But later, Richt didn't care to comment on the possibility of Gates starting when asked by UGASports.
"Did you notice that? Well, why just don't we tell Tennessee what we're doing? That's why I don't like you guys out there sometimes. Not that I don't like you, but you guys just see too much stuff. I have no comment," Richt said. "I do like you though. You're a very good guy; very observant."
During two five-minute sessions, Gates worked at guard along with Cordy Glenn, with Clint Boling and Trinton Sturdivant at right and left tackle, respectively. Ben Jones remained at center.
Richt did say Gates has been practicing well.
"He actually, about two weeks ago, in a Tuesday was getting some work and ended up getting a contact-related headache which set him down," Richt said. "He was actually getting a little more reps than normal and that set him back a little bit. But he's doing well."
Brown out, Durham 50-50
Richt revealed that sophomore receiver Marlon Brown will miss Saturday's game with an injured A.C. joint suffered last week against Colorado.
"He won't play this week, but it's not a long-term thing," Richt said of Brown.
The news is better on Durham, who missed the game against the Buffaloes with a pinched nerve in his neck.
Tuesday, Durham told UGASports he would play against the Vols.
Wednesday, Richt cautiously agreed.
"I think he's got a 50-50 chance whereas yesterday I wouldn't have thought so," Richt said. "But he made a lot of progress today, enough where he will practice tomorrow, although there's no contact tomorrow. Just like last Thursday he practiced and we were hoping he'd play but he didn't."
Richt said he won't know of Durham's status for certain until the 12:21 kickoff against the Vols.
"He went to pregame warm-ups last week but when we started to do things, running into each other just to see how everybody was doing, he wasn't able to tolerate it," Richt said. "I think we're kind of in the same boat, where we will have to go through warm-ups to figure it out."
Ogletree receives extra snaps
Freshman Alec Ogletree doesn't know if he'll get any reps at strong safety against Tennessee.
But he's practicing like he's going to play.
"I've been getting a lot of reps this week. There's a possibility I could get in. I've just got to keep working every day," Ogletree said. "It's double."
Ogletree said he's been working specifically at strong safety, where Bacarri Rambo has started the Bulldogs' previous five games.
"I'm pretty confident. That's the position I came here to play," Ogletree said. "I've been working hard every day and I think I'm getting better and better."
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