Georgia Football: Mark Richt 2015 SEC Media Days Takeaways


Georgia Football Head Coach Mark Richt broke the 2015 SEC Media Days trend by keeping his foot out of his mouth.  No one ever looked dumb by being quiet. 

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Georgia football head coach Mark Richt is a man of few words. Richt’s opening statement at SEC Football media days stretched on for some two minutes and in that statement he spoke almost exclusively of outgoing Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive and new SEC Commisioner Greg Sankey.

Then it is was on to questions where Richt allowed the reporters to mold the Georgia story of SEC Media Days.

The writers create the story anyway, unless you stick your foot in your mouth like Nick Saban and blame NFL evaluations for losing the National Championship game or play the daffy old man card one time too many like Steve Spurrier and accuse opponents of celebrating seven win seasons while you, on the other hand, pass out rings for 11 wins.

While Richt said little, we did learn a few things.

John Theus is emerging as a leader on offense as is Jordan Jenkins on defense. Also, Dominick Sanders, “Works his tail off.”

Malcolm Mitchell, a Georgia student – athlete representative at media days,  is critical to Georgia’s offensive success, but it’s equally important to have a solid, well rounded and capable receiver corps.

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Mitchell, a super-star reading proponent, also has written a children’s book.

Keith Marshall is healthy, looks good moving around and has lost weight to accentuate his speed.

New Offensive Coordinator Brian Schottenheimer‘s personality well suits the college game, both in relating to players and on the recruiting trail.  Key also to Schottenheimer’s hiring is his offensive philosophy. Schottenheimer’s approach to offensive football is similar to Georgia’s philosophy under Mike Bobo and is a key reason he was hired. The typical fan will see little difference in the offenses of the past and 2015.

Nick Chubb did not come to media days because Coach Richt brings seniors. No lesson of humility is targeted at Chubb – he doesn’t need it. He’s a low key kid, team first person who has never enjoyed a lot of hoopla.

No one wins the Heisman Trophy as part a team that does not have a great deal of success. For Chubb to win the Heisman, Georgia has to win big and the team is working hard to make that happen.

Richt does not want Chubb to carry the ball 25 times a game.

Regarding the changes Richt has seen over the last 15 years on the field, although while the SEC is still a defense first league, there is more spread offense and more coaches willing to throw the football around. But the basics stay the same –  great stadiums filled with great fans watching great teams coached by great coaches competing.

And once again, Georgia fans enjoy having a coach refuse to embarrass himself or the Bulldog Nation at Media Days.

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