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Richt on what he's looking for in strength coach

ATHENS - Mark Richt has spent the past week recruiting - he was in Mississippi this weekend - but not just for players.

Georgia is looking for a new strength and conditioning coordinator, after Joe Tereshinski's four-year tenure ends after the Belk Bowl. Speaking for the first time since Tereshinski's resignation was announced, Richt was asked Sunday night what he's looking for in a replacement.

Richt's answer indicated that it was aimed at the defensive side of the ball. Georgia's offense has been strong the past few years, especially running the ball, while the defense has been more uneven, struggling against both running and passing teams.

"The bottom line here is we believe in playing a physical brand of football on both sides of the ball," Richt said. "We want to be able to play physical. There's certain teams that you play that will be teams that will pound the ball or have a physical style of play. We certainly have a physical style of play on offense, with also the ability to throw the ball as good as anybody. We're very balanced in what we do. So it's going to be important there.

"But there are some teams that spread and go fast. So we want to be able to be physical, but recover quickly and go be physical again. And so that'll be a big part of what we're doing, is to train our team to be able to handle anything that could possibly come up in a ballgame, as far as the physical part of it as well as the mental part that comes with it. It gets developed in your offseason program."

Richt said they're looking to have the new strength staff in place by early January.

"The big thing is we're in the process of interviewing some folks, and talking about what might be the best for us," he said. "Coach Tereshinski did a great job. He's always been a great Bulldog and will continue to be one. We appreciate all his efforts, and the rest of the strength staff. But we're gonna be making a new move in that direction and we're excited about where we land with it."