Dalton, GA (WDEF) Georgia coach Mark Richt has started touring the Peach state to meet up with Bulldog nation.
On Thursday, he stopped in Dalton, where he was ready to talk about his new quarterback and his new defensive coordinator.
If Mark Richt had a slogan for the new football season, it would likely be...stay healthy.
Reporter-"Maybe entering the fall with a healthy offense."
Said Richt,"It would be nice."
Georgia was hammered by injuries to just about every offensive star player last season.
"All those guys that either had ACL's or put a screw in their foot or whatever the heck they had to have. Everybody should be back at the latest by mid-June.
Hutson Mason replaced Aarron Murray for the last few games after Murray injured his knee.
While Mason may not have a lot of game experience, he's still a veteran.
"He's been in this system going on his fifth season. There hasn't been a coaching change. There hasn't been a philosophy change on offense, so everything he has learned as a freshman is still true today."
Richt may have felt like a basketball coach with the number of points his defense allowed last year.
"Used to be, teams would average 60 plays a game. Now they're averaging almost 80 plays a game. So there's more plays, so there's going to be more yards, and there's going to be more scores. That's part of what's happening in college football."
Georgia has a new defensive coordinator in Jeremy Pruitt, and he hasn't played favorites since arriving.
Said Richt,"There are guys that were walk-ons that ended up being starters at the end of spring. Guys that were starters that were second team or third team."
Georgia's long-running rivalry with Auburn might be in jeopardy if the league doesn't expand to nine SEC games a year.
The Tigers and Dawgs are in different divisions.
"Whatever they say, we'll do it. I think it's a decision that's going to be very difficult for everybody to be happy. It's impossible."