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September 7, 2008
Cat fight on Dawgs' teleconference
Running back Knowshon Moreno remained a hot topic of conversation during Sunday's teleconference with Georgia coach Mark Richt.
Moreno's 18 carry, 168-yard, three-touchdown effort in Saturday's 56-17 win over Central Michigan obviously wowed the sellout crowd at Sanford Stadium, but it was his hurdle of Chippewa safety Vince Agnew to complete a 29-yard run that dropped jaws and left eyeballs hanging out of their respective sockets.
It was a play that Georgia fans will no doubt be talking about for quite a while, but it was one that many in the country watching ESPN did not get to see except for a brief glance during a quick preview of the Bulldog highlights to come following a commercial break.
When the network did its Top 10 plays, Moreno's highlight was not included. Richt was asked about the oversight Sunday.
"I think they missed the boat or didn't do their homework or something. Normally they do a good job with that so it looks like somebody would have noticed that," Richt said. "It didn't make their highlights but it's going to make ours for a long time."
That's when the teleconference took an interesting turn.
A representative from ESPN's local online affiliate claimed that FOX did not put the highlight in its highlight package to other networks.
"You're kidding me," Richt said. "OK, so you're throwing FOX under the bus. I threw you under the bus now you're throwing FOX under the bus. That's the way it works."
That's when Dean Legge, who covers UGA for Scout.com, which is owned by FOX affiliate, chimed in.
"They had cameras so they could pull it off the satellite," Legge said.
"OK, so maybe it wasn't that good of a play," he chuckled. "I thought it was pretty good."
David Paschall, sports writer for the Chattanooga Times Free Press then asked, "So is ESPN back under the bus?"
Said Richt, "I guess they're both under the bus now."
After all the excitement was over, Richt said the team escaped its win over Central Michigan relatively injury free, and in fact expects to get defensive tackle Kade Weston, and hopefully wide receiver Kenneth Harris, back for Saturday game at South Carolina (3:30 p.m. CBS).
"Kade was not quite as froggy when Ron (trainer Ron Courson) saw him today, but he looked good," Richt said. "I don't know if he'll be full speed Monday I guess is what I'm saying but he will play. We think Kenneth will probably play, but he's still probably a ways from being pain free."
NOTES: Richt said the did not anticipate any changes in his secondary and that Asher Allen, Prince Miller, Vance Cuff, Bryan Evans and Remarcus Brown will continue to get most of, if not all of the snaps, at cornerback. … Richt said he believes the Bulldogs' receivers, running backs and tight ends are all playing better than they were this time last year. "The offensive line is also very comparable to where they were last year," he said. … On defense, Richt noted Cuff, Marcus Dowtin, Justin Houston and John Knox as freshmen who have received valuable experience and will be counted on more as the season goes along.