Saturday, April 20, 2013
Richt talks key position battles
By Vince Verhei
Say this for Georgia Bulldogs coach Mark Richt: He's not afraid of competition on his roster.
“I’m not going to name names, OK, but there’s some guys that need to have the attitude that ’I can go take somebody’s job, I can go win a starting job if I just continue to develop and perform well,’ ” Richt tells Michael Lough of the Macon Telegraph. “There are some guys that can do that, on both sides of the ball. What I’m talking about are the kind of guys that are like, ‘oh, we got 10 returning starters, so those are the guys that’ll be starting when we come back.’
“That’s not necessarily the case.”
When Lough pressed Richt for more info, the coach did name names, saying that youngsters Xzavier Ward, Austin Long and Greg Pyke had chances to win starting jobs on the offensive line.
“There are some of those guys that are kind of getting to the point where they can truly compete,” Richt said. “A year ago, Xzavier wasn’t healthy, Pyke didn’t know enough to compete. Even Austin Long. He’s had a long road of rehab, and all of a sudden he’s really … being athletic.
“You’ve got some guys legitimately fighting for jobs.”