April 3, 2009

Friday Notebook

Georgia will hold its second scrimmage of the spring Saturday morning in preparation for next weekend's G-Day game.

"I just want to see the guys play hard," head coach Mark Richt said. "I'm more worried about seeing that as a team. We know they're going to get better as individuals, but I just want to see them go at it with the same amount of energy that we have lately."

With temperatures Saturday morning expected to be in the mid-40s to low-50s, Richt is confident that will be the case.

"I think the guys will be a great frame of mind," said Richt, who also laid out some ground rules for next Saturday's G-Day contest that will be televised live on ESPN beginning at 1 p.m.

"We were going to play four quarters, either eight or 10 minutes. We'll have a normal game clock, Red vs. Black," Richt said. "We won't kick off, but we will punt and kick extra points and field goals."

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"I just want the nation to see an organized, well-disciplined team. That's what I want the country to see," Richt said. "That's what I want to see every day in practice."

Friday, Georgia worked out in shorts and shoulder pads following a workout on Wednesday that Richt was still talking about two days later.

"It was really, really a good day," he said. "No, it was a great one. They hustled, they had great enthusiasm, they were hitting hard and they were competing. They practiced in such a way that we'll reach our full potential if they do that on a consistent basis."

Washington moves up

Richt confirmed what linebackers coach John Jancek told UGASports Wednesday, that Marcus Washington has moved ahead of Marcus Dowtin on the depth chart at Mike linebacker.

"He's really the only one, and it was more of a promotion for (Washington) than it was a demotion for (Dowtin), Richt said. "He just moved ahead, that's all. There may have been others."

Richt impressed with Fox.

Count Richt among those impressed by new Georgia basketball coach Mark Fox.

"I like him, he's very sharp," Richt said. "We were in a meeting with our academic staff and Arthur (associate athletic director Arthur Johnson) tapped on the door and poked his head in and said Coach Fox was here, so we all stopped what we were doing and shook hands with him."

Richt later attended the press conference for Fox at the Basketball Practice Facility.

"He's very intelligent and communicates very well," Richt said. "He understands it's going to take a process to get anything done. People asked about a timetable and he said doesn't know yet because he doesn't know what he has yet. I thought he did a nice job."

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