Mark Richt shot down any and all intrigue about his press conference within minutes. His first question was whether he had decided on a starting quarterback. Matching up with his previous public statements, he said he hadn't and that performance in fall camp will help him decide between Brice Ramsey, Faton Bauta, and UVa graduate transfer Greyson Lambert.
After that, the Georgia head coach did little to help the room of exhausted reporters stay awake.
It helps that the Bulldogs don't have a ton of questions this year other than the quarterback position. Someone asked about new OC Brian Schottenheimer, but Richt of course expressed confidence in his new hire. When asked about Nick Chubb having to deal with Heisman hype, he said that his star running back is already dealing with it just fine. He agreed with the other coaches that cost of attendance isn't affecting recruiting and that domestic violence is terrible but also is something that must be dealt with carefully. The best moment of the whole thing was, when asked about criticism he's personally had to deal with, him deadpanning "I didn't know I get criticism".
By far the most interesting thing to come from the Bulldog contingent this morning was Malcolm Mitchell's book:
#UGA WR Malcolm Mitchell holding up the children's book he wrote. "This is a piece of me." Impressive dude. pic.twitter.com/8snQAGK87m— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) July 16, 2015
I guess there was some injury news, in that Keith Marshall is finally back ready to go and Justin Scott-Wesley will be able to practice once fall camp opens. Beyond that, what Richt has said was nothing special. He was so on autopilot at times that he once explained during an answer that the winner in Atlanta is the SEC champ. He wasn't being condescending or patronizing; he was just filling time before getting to move on.
It makes sense. Georgia just doesn't have a lot of drama right now outside of the quarterback duel, and we were never going to get a resolution about that today because there simply isn't one. UGA isn't the most stacked at every single position, but the team is in good shape. It's the prohibitive favorite in the East this year, and especially after we learned yesterday that Mizzou's Harold Brantley is out for the season, it should be. It's telling that one of the first questions he got after shooting down the quarterback issue was whether his awesome running back could deal with the burden of being awesome.
Richt isn't one to stir the pot anyway, but this was about as milquetoast as these pressers get now that Joker Phillips and Bobby Petrino aren't around to give them anymore. The stage is set for a big year from Georgia, and it all comes down to execution now.