GAINESVILLE, Ga. - A Georgia fan asked Mark Richt on Tuesday night about last season's injuries, and whether it could be connected to strength and conditioning. Is that part of the problem, the fan asked?
"No, I don't think so," Richt said.
Georgia had four offensive skill position players suffer season-ending ACL injuries last year: Receivers Malcolm Mitchell and Justin Scott-Wesley, tailback Keith Marshall and quarterback Aaron Murray. Several more missed multiple games, including star tailback Todd Gurley, and starting receivers Michael Bennett and Chris Conley.
But Richt - while saying they do believe strength and conditioning can prevent injuries in general - thinks the ACL injures are more of a fluke.
"We try to do everything we can possible to get them strong and get them in great condition, and then also you want to do things that hopefully aren't hurting them, or stressing them out more that they're not susceptible to injury," Richt said. "But who can predict Malcolm Mitchell chest-bumping his teammate after that first touchdown of the year and then going down to an ACL? I mean ACL injuries, which we had a large number of ... just about every one of them was a non-contact injury."
That's in line what medical experts have said, that ACLs are chiefly a non-contact injuries.
"Just for whatever reason you turn the wrong way, and you get that torque going, sometimes it goes," Richt said. "And that's just the way it goes. Sometimes you hardly have any and this year we had a bunch."