Georgia Football: Offense

David Andrews, photo by Sonny Kennedy,

David Andrews, photo by Sonny Kennedy,

Coach Mark Richt and a delegation of players met with the media Tuesday during the Bulldogs’ weekly press luncheon. They offered the following comments:

Coach Mark Richt

On junior center David Andrews…

“He’s done very well. He’s gotten better all the way around. I see him playing harder and longer, and I see him being very confident in directing his teammates into different blocking schemes that the center has to make a lot of calls on. He’s just finished more blocks, in my opinion. He’s running his feet longer and varied guys more. He’s gotten a little more movement at the point – just all of those things. If you just keep getting a little better as you go, it’s pretty impressive. David, as we know, is not the biggest guy, but he’s strong, athletic and smart. He’s a good player. He’s been very good for us this year.”

Chris Conley, photo by Sonny Kennedy,

Chris Conley, photo by Sonny Kennedy,

On the injury updates of Chris Conley and Arthur Lynch…

“If Chris was able to practice full speed the whole week, I’d feel a lot better about trying to predict his impact. He may not even play, but I don’t even know that yet. My guess is that if he does, he won’t practice a bunch going into it. Right now, he’s not ready to practice. Artie is okay to practice full speed. I think Artie will be as ready to go as possible, but it will be hard to predict Chris’ (impact). I could get into hypotheticals, but the fact that he knows the system and the fact that he stays on top of everything and the fact that he has been in these types of games, I could see him rolling in and feeling good on Friday and then going into pre-game warm-up and having an impact. But with not practicing a lot, it will be hard to predict. He would have a lot better chance than most guys though.”

On Keith Marshall’s surgery…

“He had surgery today, and Ron thought it went well, from what he told us. He’ll probably be in the hospital for a day or two and then just start rehabbing.”

Split End  Michael Bennett

On the possible return of injured Fanker Chris Conley…

“It would be huge. He’s a really good receiver and had been having a breakout year this year before that unfortunate ankle injury, but hopefully he will get back to game form.”

On Auburn’s improvements from last season…

“They’re just more confident. On defense they don’t really do a whole lot, they just kind of let the players play. They have a few coverages and blitzes they do, but they are just letting their players beat up players. It’s going to be a lot like Florida in that they are going to man up on the outside and it’s going to be up to us as receivers to get open and for Murray to put it on us.”

Split End Rhett McGowan

On whether or not the offense feels any added pressure to score points…

“I don’t think we feel pressure. That’s what we want to do each and every week if it comes to that. If it came to a high scoring game we’re ready for that. That’s actually pretty fun for an offense, but no pressure right now. We know we’re capable of going out there and scoring a lot of points but they also trust their defense to go out there and get stops.”

On teammate Jonathan Rumph…

“He’s made a lot of strides. He’s finally getting the grasp of our offense. He’s made some plays this week, too, so it’s exciting to see him out there making some plays. Hopefully he will continue to learn and continue to make plays for us.”

Quarterback Aaron Murray

On having to play at Auburn for the second season in a row…

“I definitely wish we could have had them at home, but we’ve got to be ready to go and we’ve to be ready for the noise. It’s going to be crazy. 3:30, CBS, they’re a top-10 team, I know that it’s going to be packed out, lively, and we’re going to have our challenges.”

On his past success against Auburn…

“I don’t know what it is, but hopefully it continues this Saturday, for sure. We’ve got to go out there and execute on offense, we’ve got to keep control of the ball, and we’ve got to keep their offense off the field and do our part.”

On whether or not confidence from last year’s win will carry over to this year…

“They’ve assembled a couple new parts here and there, but we just have to execute. We know if we do our thing offensively, if we prepare hard Monday through Friday, if we understand the game plan and we go out there and do our thing on Saturday then we can put points up.”

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