ATHENS -- Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo draws plenty of carping from fans for his play-calling. But he still has support from the man who matters most: Head coach Mark Richt.
Well, I like what he does, or he wouldnt be there, Richt said after Thursdays spring practice session.
The fan criticism is just part of the job for a play-caller, Richt said.
We dont worry about that. Anybody whos a play-caller is 100 percent guaranteed to be criticized and critiqued and helped and anything else you could imagine, he said. It comes with the territory.
Richt then harkened back to his days as the offensive coordinator at Florida State, where he called plays before taking over at Georgia in 2001.
I caught heck all the time, Richt said. I had one guy that was the president of the Evict Richt club. He had his website up and running. That was before websites, I think. Its just part of it. And so you cant really worry about that.
Spurrier jabs Georgia, again
South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier was back to his old ways this week. In an interview published on ESPN.com on Thursday, Spurrier was asked how he felt about the South Carolina-Georgia game being moved to October.
I dont know. I sort of always liked playing them that second game because you could always count on them having two or three key players suspended, Spurrier said.
Richt laughed when the quote was read to him.
How bout that, he said. I think thats funny. That sounds like Steve.
Safety Shawn Williams, who suffered a knee injury in last weeks scrimmage, wont play in Saturdays G-Day game, but Richt reiterated that he will not require surgery.
Hes gonna be fine, Richt said. It wont be long before hes doing everything in the offseason.
Malcolm Mitchell (hamstring), Keith Marshall (hamstring) and quarterback Faton Bauta (knee) are also out for G-Day, according to Richt. Freshman offensive lineman Zach DeBell sprained his ankle and was not at Thursdays practice, so he likely seems out, as well.
Running back Richard Samuel (concussion) could play after returning to practice.
No updates on suspensions
Richt was asked if there was further word on suspensions for players who have been reported to fail drug tests.
I guess the best answer I can give is not a real good answer probably as far as what youre looking for, Richt said. But if we have something to report as far as a suspension, well report it.
Rambo is facing a four-game suspension, pending appeal, according to his high school coach. Inside linebacker Alec Ogletree is also facing one for an uncertain length. Ditto for cornerback Branden Smith, who was arrested for marijuana possession while on spring break.