Richt, Bulldogs look ahead to Kentucky
ATHENS, Ga. – The Bulldogs will return home to Sanford Stadium this week after suffering their third loss of the season on Saturday. Georgia fell to No. 11 Florida by a score of 27-3.
On Sunday, head coach Mark Richt said that he has “no doubt” that his team has the right ingredients to get their season back on track.
“Oh yeah, we do,” Richt said. “A lot of it is just attitude. A lot of it is mindset. I think that we will have that right mindset and I think we’ve got what it takes to turn this thing around for the season and going beyond that as well.”
Georgia is now 5-3 on the season, with a Southeastern Conference record of 2-3 (2-2 in the SEC East). They welcome fellow SEC East competitor Kentucky into Sanford Stadium this weekend.
Georgia started junior Faton Bauta at quarterback Saturday – making him the third quarterback to see action for the Bulldogs this season. Bauta threw for 154 yards on 15 completions.
“In (fall) camp, we told them (the quarterbacks), we’re going to compete,” Richt said. “We’re going to try to give as many reps to everybody as possible. That they were going to compete with all units, even with the threes at times, and then try to make the best decision. And even when we made the decision, it was close.”
Discussing what Georgia will need to improve on to make the offense more successful on it’s next trip out, Richt said they will look at some changes in the combination of the offensive line and work on execution.
“Not everybody wants to hear about how close we were on every play, but we really were,” Richt said. “Part of it is the fact that we’re not quite executing to perfection. But, you can see how close we are. Close doesn’t do much for you, unless you’re playing horseshoes. So we understand that close doesn’t count. But, when you know how close you are it encourages you to know that you’re not that far off.”
Richt cited that running back Sony Michel left the game in the first half due to a “slight fracture” in his hand. But, Michel did return later to finish the game.
“He (Michel) kind of played with a banged-up hand,” Richt said. “It’s not anything that needs surgery or anything like that, but there was a slight fracture. So, that didn’t help the cause, but again, that’s football. It’s part of the game. “
Davin Bellamy led the Bulldogs with seven tackles, also forcing a fumble that set up the field goal to give Georgia three points.
“He’s (Bellamy) a guy that’s really improved a lot since he’s been here. He had a surgery a while back. When he finally got healthy and got into tremendous shape, he just started making plays in practice. He’s definitely earned the right to play. He’s a guy that if everybody is healthy – he would still get to play.”
Georgia will go back to work against the Kentucky Wildcats on Saturday, November 7. Kickoff is set for 12:00 p.m. and will be televised nationally on the SEC Network.