September 22, 2009

Richt wants Samuel to hang onto the ball

Georgia coach Mark Richt said Tuesday he expects Richard Samuel will continue to be the starter at tailback.

But he definitely needs to hang onto the ball.

Samuel fumbled twice in Saturday's 52-41 win over Arkansas, something that Richt made a point to mention during his weekly press conference at Stegeman Coliseum.

"I'm not too thrilled about. I don't know if we're ready to move him from the No. 1 position, but I'd have to say if that kind of thing continued, we'd really have to start considering whether or not he should start," Richt said. "You can't have two a game, that's for sure if want to continue to play the kind of football you need to in order to win."

Samuel rushed for 104 yards, 80 coming on his long touchdown run early in the second quarter.

However, due to the fumbles, Richt isn't ruling out redshirt sophomore Caleb King, who made his 2009 debut by rushing for 59 yards on 11 attempts against the Razorbacks.

"There will definitely be a plan to play both of them. I'm not even sure we've settled on who will start, although I'd probably say that Richard will start the game. I'm pretty sure that's going to happen but Caleb ran the ball well," Richt said. "He pass protected well, he secured the ball well and he showed no signs of the hamstring becoming an issue for him. I think our tailback position just got stronger by virtue of that."

Cuff may play

Richt said backup cornerback Vance Cuff has not been ruled out of Saturday's game against Arizona State.

The Moultrie native was listed as day-to-day by team trainer Ron Courson after spraining the MCL in his right knee.

"He's possible," Richt said. "It's possible he plays. We are more hopeful than not, I guess you could say. We feel he has a chance."

Richt asks fans to clean up their act

Richt began his weekly press conference by asking Bulldog fans to clean up their act. In a manner of speaking:

"This is one of the more beautiful campuses in the country and we want to keep it that way," Richt said. "We are Georgia and so I'm just encouraging them to put the trash where it belongs. If you've got to bring some baggies to bag your trash, let's do that because it is a beautiful place and we don't want it to look like the city dump after a ball game."

Excessive littering throughout the campus following Georgia's game two weeks against South Carolina, led UGA President Michael Adams to ask fans to do a better job picking up after themselves. Tuesday, Richt did the same.

"I just want to encourage everyone to do that because if everyone helps the guy next to him, take care of yourself and helps the guy next to him, it will be looking good when we're done," he said. "As a matter of fact, it's OK to pick up somebody else's trash if you want to. I do it all the time."

Owens named to AFCA Good Works Team

Senior defensive tackle Jeff Owens has been named to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team.

The senior is just one of 11 players in the NCAA Football Subdivision to receive the honor.

Owens is Georgia's 12 Good Works honoree since the team's inception in 1992.

Highlights of Owens' community service efforts include volunteering for Habit for Humanity, the Boy's and Girl's Club of Athens, the SEC Together We Can Food Drive and HERO for a Day. He has also visited Camp Sunshine, Egleston Children's Hospital and St. Mary's Hospital and has taken part in numerous additional community service projects with his fraternity, Phi Beta Sigma.

This and that

Dawg Walk Saturday is scheduled for 7 p.m. … Saturday's game will be televised on ESPNU. Eric Collins and Brock Huard will have the call. …Georgia is 9-4-1 all-time against schools from the Pac-10. … The Bulldogs have combined for 93 points during their last two games against South Carolina and Arkansas. It's the most points against two consecutive SEC teams since 2004 when the Bulldogs edged Florida 31-24 and thumped Kentucky 62-17.

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