ATHENS - In advance of their SEC opener, Missouri's Sheldon Richardson has caused a stir among Georgia fans.
Richardson, who has a history of being outspoken and providing bulletin-board material, was asked after Saturday's game if he had watched Georgia's win over Buffalo earlier in the day. (You can read Missouri beat writer Dave Matter's account of it here.)
"I watched that game. I turned it off, too," Richardson said.
He was asked why.
"It's like watching Big Ten football. It's old man football," Richardson said.
That may have been the first time that comparison has been made. Although Georgia does run a pro-style offense, rather than the spread (like Missouri).
Richardson also said this about Georgia:
"They got a Heisman candidate at quarterback. OK. So we're going to get some and do what we're supposed to do. We create our own pressure. That's it, man. Don’t nobody put no pressure on us. We come out there for every game. We do what we're supposed to do. If we execute, nobody in this league can touch us. Period."
This is the same Richardson, as Matter points out, who said last year that he hated Texas.
Anyway, Georgia head coach Mark Richt apparently hadn't heard about the "old man football" comment.
"Well, did he say old man or old school, or what'd he say?" Richt said. Then he laughed. "I don't know what he meant by that. You know, bottom line is we've gotta get after it and do what we do well, and they'll be trying to stop everything we're trying to get accomplished."
INJURIES: As of late Sunday afternoon, Richt had not met with the trainers to go over the injury status of key players. So there wasn't much news on that front.
Richt did indicate that the preliminary diagnosis - or perhaps hope is the best word - on right tackle John Theus is that his ankle injury wasn't that bad.
But no more definitive word on Theus, cornerback Malcolm Mitchell (sprained ankle) or tailback Ken Malcome (hand).
"I've not heard a thing other than what I heard yesterday, which was hopefully it wasn't too bad of an ankle sprain for Theus," Richt said. "Well Malcolm Mitchell, I don't know how he's progressed. Ken Malcome, they said he hurt his hand, I don't know how bad that is."
SUSPENSIONS: Meanwhile, Richt again remains coy on safety Bacarri Rambo and inside linebacker Alec Ogletree, who were suspended for the opener.
A reporter from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch asked Richt on Sunday's teleconference if it was fair to say we would know about their status on Saturday.
"Yeah," Richt said. "We'll know when the time comes."